420. Walk By Love – Steven Soles

WALK BY LOVE (1982)

Steven Soles

Steven Soles may be the most accomplished artists in CCM that very people had ever heard of. He will be listed a few times here though this will be his only solo album mentioned.

Soles was member of Bob Dylan’s famous “Rolling Thunder Revue” tour in 1975 and, along with a few friends were one of those who shared the Gospel with Dylan. Two other band members, T-Bone Burnett and David Mansfield, started the famed Alpha Band and released three amazing albums. He has also gone on to perform on albums by Dylan, T-Bone Burnett, Peter case and Elvis Costello.

After The Alpha Band disbanded he recorded two solo projects for the Christian market. Both were widely critically acclaimed if not necessarily widely received. The better of those two is Walk By Love. Using a light reggae rhythm throughout the world music influence set him apart from anything else in the Christian Music world.

Lyrically straight forward and yet very smart and original. The title track should have been a hit if not for the suspicious nature of Christian radio and refusal to play music that didn’t fit the normal scheme of things even if it was directly commercial.

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  1. Tim
    October 5, 2012 at 1:24 pm

    I just listened to this for the first time. What a great album to listen to, even all these years later. It is lighthearted and fun musically, and oh so radio-friendly for the day. Now if I can just find his other solo album. . .

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