Shake the dust off your shoes.
Catch your breath.
The Redemption Center has just finished their first release, Land of Plenty.
The sound on “Land of Plenty” has a lush Americana feel. Kind of big and wide open in spots. Serious, but not too much so. Melancholy at times but not depressing. A touch of humor here and there. Land of Plenty is music wrought out of the struggle and joy that is the human condition. Like sweat on the brow, a thorn in the flesh, relief from a heavy burden. Looking forward, over yonder horizon. Like heading home.
TheRedemption Center started out as a songwriting project with J. Stephen Smith and Jesse Sprinkle (Dead Poetic, Demon Hunter, Poor Old Lu), which soon developed into a full album project. Smith and Sprinkle had worked together for over ten years; Smith on the record label side (Blind Records) and Jesse as a recording artist on Blind Records, but this was the first time they were able to get together creatively. Smith tapped Charlie Freeman to add bass. Charlie had worked with Mojo Heroes (another Blind Records act) in the 90’s but had been away from music raising his kids and teaching Physics. Yes physics! There is a Doctor in the house (PHD). Think of Sheldon from The Big Bang with musical talent. “As the songs progressed” states Smith, “ Jesse and I started reaching out to friends to fill in the musical space” They ended up with Rick Millard on harp, Dave Gillis and Chris Landon on Guitars, along with Jesse who also plays drums and Smith providing vocals and the lyrical direction to the project. “We also pulled in some great guest musicians,” says Smith. “One most notable guest was Timothy Dick of Auld Lang Syne, this record would not be the same without him”