The Boltons first official album since 2002 was released in January 2007! We are pleased to say that the band is back to its original four members: Rob Bolton, and three now-married young ladies: Kim Rzepka (formerly Kim Bolton), Julie Rowlands (formerly Julie Bolton) and Carolyn Simonelli (formerly Carolyn Probst). The new album contains a unique assortment:

ORIGINAL CHR. P.R. TRADITIONAL FOLK 60's ROCKERS OLD TIME GOSPEL
New Sheriff In Town This Train Glad All Over I Am a Pilgrim
Our Favorite Teams These Bones RGRA Do Dah Are You Washed
The Beauty of It All When Stars Fall I'll Never Find Anthr You In the Garden
The Crossroads of Time Path of Victory Walk of Life Blessed Assurance
(Lyrics to some songs are available by clicking song titles.)

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There are four new original Christian-pop-rock pieces. One of them is a satire on sports fanatacism called "Our Favorite Teams". This is being released now as a single, on a limited basis. Then there's the title song of the album: a power-ballad that relates three real-life personal stories to a lesson about true love. And then there are two straight-up melodic rockers: "New Sheriff In Town", based on Revelation 11:15-19, and "The Crossroads of Time", which addresses man's search for meaning. The lyrics for all of these can be found by hitting the song titles, or the links below.

There are four traditional folk songs. While groups like the Kingston Trio pre-date our musical interest a bit, we do love listening to "The Seekers". Their treatment of some public-domain material influenced us, and we've done our best to cover some of that. These provide an opportunity to sing along. Our favorite of these is probably "Dese Bones", which was sung on southern plantations years ago by hopeful workers.

Then comes four 60's Oldies. Yes, we're back to that again. In the summer of 2006, we did a "Tribute to the Dave Clark Five" CD, which we gave to some friends, but was never intended to be openly offerred or sold. Encouraged by that, we've put two more DC5 songs up: Mike Smith's "Glad All Over" and Ron Ryan's "Do Dah". Mike and Ron are good friends of ours, and they have each enjoyed our previous treatment of their material. After those, Cindy Bolton makes a cameo appearance joining Rob on "I'll Never Find Another You" (Seekers again). The fourth song's a surprise.

Four old-time gospel standards close the album out, again providing opportunity for corporate sing-along and even worship. The best of these so far is the Big Brass version of "Are You Washed?"

While our band has no intention of re-forming for concerts, we do hope to continue to record periodically, and share music with whomever is interested. Personally: Kim (and Aaron Rzepka) have a beautiful new baby daughter, Riley Lynn. Julie (and Rick Rowlands) have a beautiful new baby daughter, Victoria Paige. Carolyn (and Brian Simonelli) have a new home complete with pets, as they consider further expansion. Rob (and Cindy Bolton) remain madly in love with each other. All of the above continue to serve the Lord, by His grace. We thank Him for the good times and bad, as we embrace the beauty of it all.

ALBUM REVIEWS:

From the INDIANA METHODIST MUSIC REVIEW, 2/07:

"Listening to The Boltons 2007 album is an auditory foretaste of the New Jerusalem. The CD is a perfect blend of original contemporary Christian music, lovely secular songs of the 60's, traditional gospel, and classic hymns. The patron of the family group's Rob Bolton wrote the album's first four songs. Two of them, "New Sheriff In Town" and "The Crossroads of Time" deserve to become new Christian classics themselves. I've played it over and over again, and if you could wear out a CD, I probably would. As Rob once told his former Hiram College room-mate "You're never bored with the Lord." - Lee Gamson 2/07


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