Ten Songs the Booth Brothers Might Still Record Today

Ten Songs the Booth Brothers Might Still Record Today October 8, 2012

If you’ve been following the Booth Brothers, you know that Michael Booth’s philosophy of song selection has undergone some changes in the last few years. He has become more committed to quality than ever, particularly when it comes to the theological content of a lyric. In an interview, I saw him say that in retrospect, he could think of songs the group had recorded in the past that he probably wouldn’t record today (though obviously he didn’t name any names!)
It prompted me to think, “What are some old or older songs recorded by the Booth Brothers that Michael would still like today?” This is what I came up with, in no particular order. There are a few hits in here, but I’ve tried to focus on lesser-known or overlooked numbers. I’ll give a brief description of each song, followed at the end by a grooveshark widget that puts them all in a playlist for you to enjoy:

While Ages Roll: This Mosie Lister song was also recorded by the Funderburk/Trammell lineup of the Cathedrals, but I prefer the Booth Brothers’ version. It can be found on their CD/DVD project Live! At Lakeland (now OOP, sadly). It appears to be a little less well-known than some of Mosie’s monster hits like “Where No One Stands Alone” or “I’m Feeling Fine,” but I think it deserves more notoriety.
Just Beyond the River Jordan: This is a great song from the pen of Jim Brady’s wife Melissa, who’s had success with songs like “Homecoming Day.” It has a minor-key folkish sound that would suit a singer like Alison Krauss quite well. Definitely a very underrated piece. The Brothers also recorded this on Live! At Lakeland, and to my knowledge it’s the only time they cut it. At the time it was one of Michael’s favorites. I wish they’d pull this one out and stage it again.
Love Was In the Room: This hit was originally recorded back in the early 90s when the brothers were singing with their dad. It’s done quite well for them and was reworked more recently with Jim Brady. I’m certain that if this were handed to the Booth Brothers as a brand-new song today, it would get the “ok” from Michael.
Under God: I haven’t seen them perform this in concert much, but it was a good live song for them around 2005 when it came out on the self-titled Booth Brothers project and was featured on their An Evening With the Booth Brothers DVD (another good OOP video). A music video was created for it that featured many timely and appropriate images, such as the Ten Commandments statue that was taken out of the Alabama Supreme Court. The lyric doesn’t pull any punches, and I would like to think it would still resonate with Michael today. It is admittedly very “God and country,” but I don’t think that’s a bad thing.
The Lamb: This is not to be confused with the song “I’m the Lamb,” which has been recorded by multiple groups including the Booths. It’s a virtually unknown song which I actually like better and which was recorded during the Joseph Smith era of the group. I think it’s one of their best songs.
Lord, I’d Be Lost Without You: This was a Bishops cover during the Brothers’ Ron Sr. era. I’m not 100% sure, but I think Michael had the feature on it. The track they used was exactly the same as the Bishops’, but I enjoyed the Booths’ delivery more. It’s got some very heartfelt lyrics, and the music has a nice 70s Imperials feel.
I Will Lift My Eyes: Another forgotten number, this one a Ronnie feature from the 1999 release Walkin’ On the Good Side. The lyrics are essentially a Psalm paraphrase, and the melody is truly gorgeous, with some very interesting chord changes. This is one of Ronnie’s best recorded vocals, IMO.
All of Me: Another Mosie classic, featured on the self-titled album and Evening DVD.
This Love is Mine: Yet more Mosie. The Booth Brothers’ arrangement first appeared on their Smith-era project This Stage of Grace and was resurrected more recently on Michael’s first solo project. Their DVD Live in Louisville featured a moving performance of this number from Michael. I have no doubt that he’d record it today in a heartbeat.
Crucified With Christ: This is a great example of a CCM song with solid theology that also lends itself to Southern Gospel. The Booth Brothers recorded this on their Harmony project, and it was also featured on Live at Oak Tree. It’s the sort of song that wouldn’t feel at all out of place on a post-Declaration project.
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What do you think of this list? Could you add to it? Were you reminded of a few Booth Brothers songs you had forgotten?

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  • Anything they sing is going to make me happy!

  • These are definitely beautiful songs! Thanks for posting them … some I’ve never heard 🙂

  • Ha! But will it make Michael happy? That is the question. 🙂

  • You’re welcome!

  • Gus Gaches

    That was a great walk down memory lane! I worked on all those songs with the exception of Crucified with Christ and Lord I’d Be Lost Without You. Ronnie and I were just discussing the recording of All of Me two weeks ago! Those were wonderful times that I will forever cherish. The Booth Brothers have a wonderful creative process that they go thru in the studio and I so enjoyed getting to “learn” together. Thanks for reminding me of some wonderful music.

  • Hey, a comment from Gus Gaches, score! 🙂 You’re welcome, and thank you so much for reading and sharing your thoughts. I’m wondering what exactly you mean by “working on” these songs. Did you have a hand in producing or mixing the recordings?

  • Gus Gaches

    I was privileged to work on a lot of the Booth Brothers projects. I did a little of everything on those CDs. Engineering, arranging, producing, though uncredited, and mixing. I even got to stunt vocal for Michael on 1 line of a song when he had to fly home for the birth of his son! Like I said, some really great memories! I love those guys. I would not be with Legacy Five today if it wasn’t for Michael Booths efforts in pursuading Scott to hire me! Those guys are true friends.

  • yankeegospelgirl

    That’s fascinating! I didn’t know any of that. We should do an interview some time. 🙂

  • Melissa

    There are two songs I wish the Booth Brothers would consider re-recording, both from the 1998 CD “Will You Love Jesus More?” The first is the title track, a Phillips, Craig & Dean song that addresses the tendency of some people to worship the messenger more than the Message, especially in the genre of Christian music; it’s a subject that’s as relevant today as it was when it was written. The second is “I’ll Leave It All Behind”, a Mosie Lister song from the 1950’s that was published in “New Songs of Inspiration #3”. I’ve been playing it on the piano since I was a teenager, but the first time I ever heard it actually sung was the Booths at a Gaither concert in 2002, shortly after Jim Brady joined the group. Not exactly your typical southern gospel song, it has a nice jazzy feel that suits their vocal style to a T.

  • Yes, “I’ll Leave it All Behind” is on Live! In Lakeland too. I love it. 🙂

  • Susanne McAllister

    Just stumbled upon this while looking for something else on the BBs. I see this article was written in 2012.
    You mentioned “Love Was In The Room”. They recorded this on their 2009 album, simply entitled, “09”.
    Ronnie recorded “I Will Lift My Eyes” on his self-titled album in 2007.
    “All of Me” is found on their self-titled album from 2003. (The first recording with Jim Brady)
    So, I’m not sure if you’ll get notification of this comment at this point in time, but just in case, I thought I would let you know that the BBs had, indeed, already recorded these songs “again”, just in case you missed these CDs. Also, in 2013, subsequent to your post, they recorded “While The Ages Roll” on their “Quartet” album.
    Keep on enjoying the Booth Brothers!

  • Thank you for the comment. Yes, I think you’re right that “Love Was in the Room” was an updated recording. I hadn’t known that Ronnie re-did “I Will Lift My Eyes” for a solo album. With “All of Me,” I know it was on their self-titled album, but that was a while ago, and they haven’t re-made it that I’m aware of.
    Yes, I remember noticing that they included “While Ages Roll” with Gene McDonald. A great choice!

  • Susanne McAllister

    Yes, lots of great BB music for sure!