“Got your CD out of the mailbox this morning and you serenaded me all the way on my errands.
It’s beautiful! I especially like #11. I can hear your heart in every song. Well done.”
– a text from a friend
Bluegrass Unlimited's review
DEBBIE DURANT—THE EYES OF YESTERYEAR—Walnut Run Music WRM0001. The songs on this project were collected by songwriter and musician Debbie Durant over the past dozen years. Durant, who plays bass and sings, is joined in the studio by Scott Freeman (mandolin), Billy Hawks (fiddle), Jody King (banjo, guitar), Johnny Joyce (vocals), Jeanette Williams (vocals), and Johnny Williams (guitar), who also produced the CD. Many of the songs are gospel and reflect Durant’s spiritual feelings. These include “Where Did He Go?,” “Consider Your Ways (Haggai 1),” “Cast Your Bread On The Waters,” “The Pharisee & The Taxman,” “Resentment,” and “When I Get To That City.” She also includes Terry Smith’s “Far Side Banks Of Jordan.” Other selections include “Virginia, You Are Home Sweet Home To Me,” reflecting her Virginia roots, “They Don’t Know My Name,” “If I’m Going To Be Lonely,” and the title-tune “The Eyes Of Yesteryear.” Johnny Williams sings lead on “The Ballad Of John Henry’s Wife.” Durant plays bass on all cuts and she has an interesting vocal tone with a bit of a warble. The band is solid and this a good first outing for her. (Debbie Durant, P.O. Box 113, Landenberg, PA 19350, www.walnutrunmusic.com)
—http://bluegrassmusic.com/content/category/releases/ (November 2016 issue, Additional Releases by Bill Foster)
- A baker’s dozen of songs – 12 originals
- Produced by Johnny Williams
- With performances by: Jody King, Billy Hawks, Scott Freeman, Johnny Williams, Jeanette Williams, and special guest Johnny Joyce on “Far Side Banks of Jordan”
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Debbie Durant has been writing songs off and on her whole life. She has been listening to bluegrass and gospel music (along with rock, pop, and jazz) since childhood. In the last 15 years she has taken up playing bass, first with “A String ‘N A Prayer”, later with “Stained Grass”, and “Savior Soul”, and most recently with “The Rockdale Boys”.
Walnut Run Music
PO Box 113
Landenberg, PA 19350