Picking up on a tradition from Country and Blues artists, Zach Williams goes behind bars to deliver his unique brand of southern flavored Christian rock to inmates of Harding Prison in Nashville, Tennessee. It's just an EP and every song but one was already released on his full-length Chainbreaker. So why get this release? The first reason is the one song not already released on record by Williams. the Jonathan Helser/Bethel track No Longer Slaves. Those who are lucky enough to have caught Zach on his latest tour might have been treated to his rendition of this song and he does an absolutely roundhouse right rendition of this already powerful song. Additionally, the other tracks are all given a new live treatment that doesn't really change the composition but DOES add emotion and nuance to the songs that are really fun to hear.
A lot of the difference in these performances is the atmosphere they are recorded in. Much like Johnny Cash's Folsom Prison release or B.B. King Live in Cook County Jail - the setting very much defines the tenor of the recording. It adds an emphasis on the message of the songs and lends a gravity to the proceedings that would be difficult to achieve at a regular live show or in the studio. Just hearing Zach Williams address this audience is fascinating.
If you are a big fan of Zach Williams, this EP is worth purchasing just to get his version of No Longer Slaves, but you will be listening to the whole thing. It a great live recording of some of his most popular songs and an interesting window into a world most of us spend little time contemplating.
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- Label: Essential Records
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- Total Length: 28:11
- ASIN: B07GJ5JKK6
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