- reviewed by Russ Breimeier Copyright Christianity Today International
- 2005 1 Apr
- If I Leave This World Tomorrow
- Nick of Time
- Runaway Train
- Winter Sun
- The Day Love Died
- Do Lord
- Full Time Love
- In the Soul of a Man
- Queen of My Heart
Glenn Kaiser is best known for the classic rock of his long-running Resurrection Band, but these days he finds joy by indulging his taste for the blues. In 2000, he started the Glenn Kaiser Band with drummer Ed Bialach and fellow Rez Band alum Roy Montroy on bass.
Blues music truly is a potent genre for Christianity, certainly no less appropriate than hardcore metal or hip-hop—there are plenty of passionate Psalms written out of melancholy and fear. The straightforward delivery of the blues is a close cousin to gospel, offering powerful, self-explanatory expressions of faith. That's no less true of this album, which primarily draws from GKB's five-year catalog for songs like "Torch, "If I Leave This World Tomorrow," and "Whisper." There are also rousing covers of traditional favorite "Do Lord" (from Kaiser's
GKB Live delivers the energetic improvisational jams that you would expect, a 10-minute fast shuffling "Runaway Train" being the most impressive. With his talented rhythm section behind him, Kaiser's mastery of electric, steel, and lap guitar is on full display here, and guest guitarist Dave Beegle also shines on a few tracks.
While the production is appropriately raw, it's too obvious from the so-so editing that these tracks weren't recorded from a single concert, which slightly detracts from the live album experience. And while this album has more jamming on it, the studio projects aren't as inherently monotonous. Most will prefer those instead, but there's no question that fans have been craving this album, which is as good an introduction to GKB as any for blues aficionados.