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"Warren Hull & Acoux DeVille, "Love Is..." Album Review"

Before I comment on what Warren Hull & Acoux DeVille's new release is, it might be best to describe what it is not. It is NOT a religious bluegrass album. It IS an evangelical musical offering served up in a vibrant bluegrass wrapper, sometimes distinctly unique.

I was traveling with a friend and popped the CD into the player in my car. Not very far into the first song, she looked at me wide-eyed and exclaimed, "Wow, that's CHRISTIAN music!" Indeed it is. If you are looking for something sentimental along the lines of "the angels helped Daddy quit drinkin'," this ain't it. If you are looking for something theologically sound, heart-felt, and delivered by some of the finest bluegrass talent in our area, this is for you.

Well over half the material is original, and we congratulate Warren on his success in winning the GMA award. He is a talented songwriter, and an extraordinary vocalist. He is gifted with one of those voices that is piercing even when soft, yet gentle when loud. (What if John Denver had been a believer?) His guitar work is very fine--not too much, not too little.

Warren is also highly proficient on mandolin, but why bother when you've got Ron McClung to add his dazzling licks? Ron could probably play more notes in the shortest time than anyone we know, but he doesn't. He just plays what is right. Ron finds the unexpected and explores interesting angles within the framework of each song. Ron also adds some nice bluesy vocal harmonies and provides a haunting effect on a native American flute on "I Want to Know You."

Chuck Mullins, an outstanding guitarist in his own right, provides Acoux DeVille's solid foundation on the bass. He also did an excellent job engineering, recording, mixing and mastering the album. It is never over-produced. The skill behind this album never comes across as slickness. "Lonoke County Line" begins with unaccompanied guitar, then a rhythmic mandolin chop begins on the line, "I was breakin' rock on the day that Jesus found me." One can easily visualize a convict with a pickaxe. Chuck bides his time and comes in on bass at just the right moment.

"Hope is Alive" begins as a Christmas song that really cooks--"All hail the newborn king!" Ron's highly creative mandolin takes flight on this cut. "It's His Hand" is one of my favorites --perhaps it's the catchiness of the tune that I like, perhaps it's the pure joy expressed in the music. "Were You There?" is presented in an unusual and upbeat manner. The last cut, "Where the Soul of Man Never Dies," is an upbeat, toe-tapping finish. It has a beautiful a capella coda leaving an echo of that joy in your mind long after the music fades.

Aurelia Drake, Contributing Editor
Bluegrass Reflections, November 2005 - Bluegrass Reflections, November 2005


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Love Is...August 2005

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With a fresh, compelling approach to gospel music, Warren Hull & Acoux DeVille are igniting church congregations, festival crowds, and music lovers of all ages across Texas and the nation with their dynamic, acoustic presentation of both original and classic gospel songs. The ensemble features Warren Hull, BMI songwriter and 2003 GMA Nashville Spotlight Southern Gospel/Bluegrass Vocalist, on guitar, the master mandolinist Ron McClung, and Chuck Mullins, a veteran jazz & bluegrass stylist, on the upright bass.
Building on a foundation of Warren’s original songs inspired by Scripture and the great hymns of the faith, the group is focused on great music that lifts up and glorifies Jesus Christ as Lord and Savior. To that end, their new CD, Love Is..., has recently debuted to excellent reviews from pastors, fans, and fellow musicians alike.