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Concert Review: Brian Free & Assurance in Moneta, VA

June 25, 2007 By: Aaron Category: Brian Free And Assurance, Concert Reviews, SG Artists, SG Music

Absolutely incredible. That is all I can say about the performance from these guys last nite, even though it was incredibly humid at this outdoor event and looked like it was gonna storm. The guys didn’t dress up (Brian Free stated that they “woulda passed out after the 3rd or 4th song” if they had), but that didn’t stop the message from getting out!

Ricky Free was with them for this date. I wonder if he’s still planning to come off the road, because Brian never mentioned anything about it…

I don’t remember most of the songs (it was a bunch) but let me give you a rough outline…
1. What A Lovely Name (great classic with some high tenor from Brian)
2. Deep Deep Sea (new bass Jeremy Lile tore this one up!)
3. In My Robe Of White (awesome rendition of the Gold City classic)
4. Only By The Blood (lead Bill Shivers did a great job on this slow song)
5. When The Lord Says Go (once again featured Shivers)
6. Prayin’ Man (great new song about Daniel and The Lions’ Den that features, you guessed it, Shivers. This will be the first single from their new project Real Faith. While the album isn’t due out until September, the single is going to radio today.)
7. Jesus Will Pick You Up with encore (Lile does this one great!)
*Intermission and Love Offering, offeratory by pianist Scott McDowell, a very underrated pianist IMO*
The guys proceeded to do many songs from the upcoming project. They all sounded great! Brian also mentioned that some people requested that he do For God So Loved, so he did it (this got a standing ovation. Man, what a song!) And if course, to finish the night, what Assurance concert would be complete without Long As I Got King Jesus!

Let me take a moment to comment on the sound. I thought that this was the best sound I’d heard at an outdoor event. The tracks, live instruments, and singers all blended together superbly. And Jeremy Lile is a great young bass that I look forward to hearing more from in the future!