Song: Nashville Lost & Found
Jeff Platts has a terrific Country Gospel hit with Nashville Lost and Found. This tune is full of imagery, and tells the tale of the subject who has arrived at success after Jesus saved him from scraping the bottom of the barrel, after selling his guitar and dreams of making it big in Nashville. There is a soul in his voice that conveys this as a personal story, and it adds to the realism and authenticity to this performance by Jeff Platts, whose vocals are a raw mix of pure and gritty, resulting in a natural story teller effect. The musicians also play well together, supporting the vocals and imagery of Nashville with clear communication, and I can imagine that a live show of Jeff Platts and Co. would be an all around good time.
The musicianship and clear display of skill is apparent, with every musician a master of their voice/instrument, and the combination is truly spectacular. The mix is well balanced, as all voices are represented well, and support the lyrics and message of the tune. Although this is a Christian/Gospel tune it is catchy and engaging, so listeners of all denominations or beliefs can enjoy listening to Nashville Lost and Found. The form and harmonies in this song are also fresh and enjoyable, keeping the flow upbeat and giving the line direction, all the way to the end, with a couple extra stingers, and closing with a nice offbeat punctuation. Terrific job all around.
This song spans the genres of Christian/Gospel to Country, Folk, and Blues. This tune would do well on mainstream radio and streaming services, along with the potential to be in films, indie movies, tv, ads, etc.
Jeff Platts has a very unique voice, and is doing an amazing job spreading the Word. … important influences… Amy Grant, Craig Morgan, David Crowder Band, Fred Hammond, Hillsong United, Marvin Sapp, MercyMe, Michelle Williams, Relient K, The Staple Singers
About the Reviewer: – Rob Lawson is a Master’s Music Performance major at Indiana University of Pennsylvania. He is a percussionist, composer, conductor, and recording artist. He has performed with the Wind Ensemble, Symphony Orchestra, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, Horn Choir, Pit Orchestra, and Keystone Winds. He has composed, arranged, and premiered works for Percussion Ensemble, Pep Band, and Brass Quintet at IUP, and conducted the Pep Band, Symphony Band, Percussion Ensemble, Brass Ensemble, and Chamber Ensembles, along with various recitals. Rob graduated from Baldwin Wallace Conservatory of Music, where he earned a Bachelor’s of Music in Performance, was the Principal Percussionist and Timpanist of the Wind Ensemble, Percussionist and Drummer with the Beatles Band, and conducted the Wind Ensemble, Symphonic Band, Symphony Orchestra, New Music Orchestra, and various Chamber Ensembles. Rob also has experience with the recording process, both in front and behind the mic, from solo pieces to rock bands to full orchestral ensembles. He also teaches private lessons in percussion, conducting, music theory, and has taught high school marching percussion.