DOWN EAST BOYS
The Stories We Tell
RECORD LABEL:Sonlite Records
GENRE:Christian, Southern Gospel
LOCATION:Asheville, North Carolina
Since the 2018 release of their album One Day in the Past, the Down East Boys have seen their songs top the charts (“Beat Up Bible,” “Testimony Time,” “I’d Like to Tell it Again” and “Amazing Amounts of Amazing Grace”) while enhancing their reputation as some of the best singers in the genre. Now the quartet is following their quickly rising radio single, “Your Sins are Forgiven,” with a new album: The Stories We Tell, from Sonlite Records.
The collection, coming in May, is the first featuring the current lineup of singers (lead Ricky Carden, baritone Daryl Paschal, bass Alex Utech and tenor Doug Pittman). The Stories We Tell offers a sampling of all the elements that have contributed to the success of the group’s musical ministry—uplifting songs; thoughtful, creative arrangements relevant to today’s faithful while keeping strong links to tradition; and, above all, singing that gives each voice an opportunity to testify within a tight-knit quartet setting.
Beginning with “Good in the Good Times,” which features Pittman on a rousing affirmation that “God is good in the good times and better in the bad,” and ending with a horn-driven cover of the popular Hemphills song “Ready to Leave,” the set includes current single, “Your Sins are Forgiven”; the moving recollection of salvation as a youngster in “The Altar,” featuring and co-written by Carden with Chris Binion; the classic country-flavored waltz time “Before the Cross” featuring Paschal; “Don’t Want a Maybe So,” a call for “a faith that’s steady, stable, sure and strong” that finds Utech making his debut featured vocal with the group; and “The Story they Tell,” another Carden feature, and the song that inspired the album’s title.
“It’s hard to believe we’ve been recording with Sonlite Records for almost 20 years. So no need to stop now! We are excited about releasing our brand new album The Stories We Tell in May which will be our first album with the current lineup of guys,” says Carden. “Daryl, Doug, Alex and myself worked really hard to find just the right songs with the right messages for the listeners. Our current single ‘Your Sins Are Forgiven’ which is the first song from the new album has already made its way up the charts at radio and streaming and we know the fans are going to really enjoy all the songs. Our prayer is that this set of songs will encourage and brighten your day as you listen to the stories we tell.”
KEY SELLING POINTS
- For more than 30 years, Down East Boys have traveled from coast to coast, from Canada to Mexico, with the last twenty years as a flagship artist for Sonlite Records
- Their second-ever release thrust the group into the mainstream of gospel music with their song “Beautiful Valley," remaining in the Singing News Top 40 for 10 consecutive months (culminating in a Singing News Group of the Year reader award)