The Gospel According to the Roe Family Singers

The Roe Family Singers
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The title of the Roe Family Singers' latest album might suggest that the band is struggling, but when you hear a track or two from the disc you'll know that's NOT the case.

"Heaven Send Us Better Times" is the album's title. It's a collection of gospel tunes: some traditional, some Hank Williams songs, Carter Family songs and a couple of spirituals. It's something Quillen Roe says he had meant to record for quite some time.

I had the pleasure of sitting in the front "Roe" (sorry Quillan) for a performance by the Roe Family Singers live in the Radio Heartland studio.

Songs performed:


"No Depression In Heaven"
"Ready To Go Home"
"Workin' On A Building"

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    Kim and Quillan Rod with Rick Lee on Fiddle (MPR/Mike Pengra)