"Deep Roots" is a collection of hymns - some familiar, some more obscure - all of them personal. The music feels "hand-made": organic and acoustic. Even if you don't have the same history with these songs as I have, I think you'll find them to be timeless and meaningful.
I’ve known most of these songs as long as I can remember.
I recall exactly one sermon that I heard as a child – Pastor Bill dressed up in a cardboard suit of armor and talked about Ephesians 6 – but I could probably rattle off the lyrics to dozens of hymns with little effort. I’m sure I picked up more theology from these songs than from anywhere else in my early life.
But it wasn’t nostalgia that prompted me to record this collection.
There were moments in the studio while I was singing when the weight of these words struck me with such force that I had to stop singing and regain my composure. What was it that moved me?
It was truth. Beautifully and honestly expressed in song.
Thank you for letting me share this collection of hymns with you. Whether these songs are familiar or brand new to you, I pray they will be an encouragement.
Much love and thanks to Julie, Emily, Josiah Riggan and to Herschel and Helen Riggan (my mom and dad). Thanks also to Jason Collum, Derek Reaves, James Cole, Mindy Wade, Chris Cooke, Ernie Garza, Randy Carlson, Scott Pergande and my Kickstarter backers. I am deeply grateful for my church family at Eagle Christian Church and Redding Christian Fellowship, where I grew up singing many of these songs and learning what it means to follow Jesus.
released August 26, 2014
Produced by Jason Collum and Scott Riggan
Guitars: Mike Ulvila
Wurlitzer, Rhodes: Mason Embry
Piano, Wurlitzer, accordion and B-3 organ: Matt Stanfield
B-3: Lonnie Fowler
Bass: Doug Kahan
Drums: Jason Collum
Vocals: Rachel Lampa, Scott Riggan
Cello: Paul Nelson
Violin: Eleonor Denig
Additional guitar: Thad Beaty
Engineered by Jimmy Jernigan, Jason Collum, Scott Pergande, Thad Beaty, Luke Meade, Chase Nelson
Recorded at Sorted Noise Studio (Franklin, TN), Beech Creek Studios (Brentwood, TN) and The Mix House (Boise, ID)
Mixed by Jimmy Jernigan at Apollo 54
Mastered by John Mayfield and Mayfield Mastering
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