Andreas Barrett is not only a deeply cherished friend who was their by my hospital bedside to mouth kiss me as soon as I came out surgery, he’s also a rarely gifted musician. His band with my congregant John Jackson (himself a Jeff Tweedy doppelgänger) is called Seven Mile Walk and they just released an album that you should check out.
The songs are thematically diverse. They embrace faith and express fear/doubt (The Labyrinth) while touching on specific scriptural passages (Burning in Our Hearts, Mary Anoints Jesus), regional news events (In His Name—Virginia Tech massacre) and global/social need and…justice (Clean Water/In Unity/Blessed to Give).
Andreas can literally play anything and it shows on the album. The music is stylistically varied and features bluegrassy textures (the Charles Wesley remix Wrestling Jacob), uptempo AOR, and transparent ballads. Rich vocal harmonies are present throughout. Some songs on the CD (The Jesus Creed), as well as many throughout the SMW catalog, are a product of works featured by friends of this blog like Scot McKnight, Brian Zahnd, Lauren Winner, and Thomas Lynch.
You can find it in iTunes and purchase on Amazon here.