“Rise O Buried Lord is a well-crafted and earnest collection of songs, embodying a spirit of gospel liberality—this music is for everyone, you are invited to participate even if the last instrument you picked up was that black, plastic recorder in 4th grade music—without sacrificing commendable musicianship.
There is a diversity of style here that is encouraging: ‘O Come and Mourn with Me A While’ sounds a simultaneously joyful and mournful note, evoking the spirit of a New Orleans jazz funeral that has been transplanted to a town square in a small, southern rural town. ‘Praise the Savior, Now and Ever’ takes a group singing angle: Nitty Gritty Dirt Band meets Sacred Harp. There are nods to contemporary country, indie-folk and traditional Gospel music, both white and black, all of it coming off fairly seamlessly due to the purpose that is evident in the whole, a desire to sing to God, and help others to do the same.”
Matthew Grimsley and the musicians of Redeemer Church in Knoxville, TN have produced one of the finest pieces of worship art that I have heard in the past 10 years. While the audio-spheres are packed jammed with slick production and slim songwriting Redeemer has mined the riches of centuries of hymnody (quite a few centuries in fact) and lovingly crafted arrangements fit for robust congregational singing. The album as a whole walks us from Palm Sunday to Resurrection Sunday allowing us to enter into and sing the story of Christ's last week on Earth. This will be one of the most fruitful collection of congregational hymns you've ever purchased (and sung)!
This record brims with pathos and earthy sincerity. Their rendition of “O Come and Mourn with Me Awhile” is truly a track not to be missed this season.
Rise O Buried Lord is an album of new and reimagined hymns by Redeemer Church of Knoxville. It is a concept album that tells the story of the last week of Jesus’ earthly life. This week, known as Holy Week, is the centerpiece of the Christian’s hope.
Holy Week features Jesus’ commitment to go to the cross despite the misunderstandings of the people (Palm Sunday), his love for his disciples to the end and his command that they love each other as he has loved them (Maundy Thursday), and, of course, his bitter death and triumphant resurrection (Good Friday & Easter). We tell the story through this collection of music in hopes that you will journey with us, sing with us (both personally and communally), and enter more deeply into God’s story of the redemption of the world.
Rise O Buried Lord features the musicians of Redeemer Church of Knoxville and guest artists from the Knoxville community, including Jill Andrews, Matt Morelock on banjo, James Trimble of The Dirty Guv’nahs, and Joey English. The recording was produced by Benjamin Bannister and engineered by Justin Glanville.