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This album fuses country, gospel, rock, bluegrass, and blues into a flowing, groovy sound with lyrics that appeal to everyone (religious and non-religous alike). It's inspiration for those seeking good music, in other words. Miller's rough-hewn voice and gritty guitar licks enhance the album beyond what it would be if someone else had tackled it. Featuring original tunes written with wife Julie Miller, covers of such songs as Bob Dylan's "With God on Our Side", and guests like wife Julie, Emmylou Harris, and Jim Lauderdale, UNIVERSAL UNITED HOUSE OF PRAYER is a unique, country-gospel record that will have you thanking God there are people as talented as Buddy Miller. Never before has inspiration been so listenable...and groovy...
I heard Buddy's 9-minute version of Dylan's "With God on Our Side" the other night on the radio and sat transfixed. It's as good a cover of a Dylan song as I've heard. This is an album made by a man of faith who is angry at those who use their religion to justify war. This theme is established on track one, a cover of Mark Heard's "Worry Too Much" which was written in response to the Gulf War--it's even more apt now: "It's the demolition derby / It's the sport of the hunt / Crowd driving for war-dance / It's the slow smile that the bully gives the runt." But if this album denounces the wars of men, it also insists that human evil isn't the whole story (i.e., on the Louvin Brothers' "There's a Higher Power").
Those who are fans of Buddy's guitar playing won't be disappointed. There are more meaty solos here than on any of Buddy's previous CDs. The performances are all assured. The background vocals of Regina and Ann McCrary lend a sanctified edge to Buddy's gut-bucket swamp blues. Emmylou Harris makes her usual appearance here (on "Wide River to Cross"), as does Buddy's wife Julie (who co-wrote 4 of the songs).
Buddy is an under-appreciated treasure. And this is his best yet, music of heart, intelligence, and faith.
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Great record, especially "Returning to the Living Water." I've had this album since it came out, gone through four copies of the CD because I kept giving it away. Read morePublished 3 months ago by Janis Ian
Like Emmylou Harris one of the most underrated musicians in AmericaPublished 4 months ago by R. Walker
Awesome CD, since I love Americana with soulful lyrics / voice and gutsy guitar.Published 7 months ago by Brian G.
Buddy is the "Dude" if you don't know if Country Soulful Blues. Kick back and listen to the man and the road he travels. You become part of the lyrics. Parts of his life. Read morePublished 8 months ago by Rick Stockmann
I love this CD but the track that stood out to me is "Worry Too Much," the best version of which is right here. Love Buddy, don't like religion.Published on January 16, 2014 by Michael J. Pfaff
Buddy Miller is fantastic. These songs are a great collection of extremely well written and performed soon-to-be-classic songs. I play it over and over and never get tired of it.Published on May 26, 2013 by T. C. Furlong