The Frye Family Band- ‘Under Indiana Lights’ Review
By C.W. Ross
‘Under Indiana Lights’ is the debut release from The Frye Family Band. The family band is headed by dad Tom who handles most lead vocals on their songs. He’s also co-writer on the releases 14 original songs along with Andy Osenga (formerly of Caedmon’s Call) and Jeremy Casella. Other family band members include, Kaylyn-17 (vocals, bass & rhythm guitar), Maggie-15 (vocals, keys, recorder), Jonathon-14 (vocals, percussion, drums, penny whistle) and wife/mom Lisa (auxiliary percussion).
Besides the 13 main tracks ‘Under Indiana Lights’ offers up 2 bonus tracks, “I Surrender”, and “The Greatest Gift (Rockabilly Version).” You’ll also find special guest musicians, Phil Keaggy, Ben Shive (Andrew Peterson) and Ken Lewis (Steven Curtis Chapman) performing on the album.
Stylistically the band’s music blends contemporary and worship with an element of country thanks to the lap steel and mandolin parts found on several of the songs.
The main theme of the album is not losing hope in trying situations. Tom Frye says that, “…the stories in these songs reflect the pain of living in a fallen world and the joy of recognizing the little glimpses of Heaven foreshadowed in everyday life…”
‘Under Indiana Lights’ offers up several touching songs from Tom’s heart including, “Sara Dances,” that was written after Tom Frye met a family while out on tour that had a daughter with Spina bifida and a mother that was a dancer. The song talks about how even though Sara might not be able to dance in this life like her mother, that when she’s called home to Heaven she’ll be able to dance. The up-tempo track, “Blue Silos”, deals with Tom’s youth and a dysfunctional family and looking out of his window at a neighboring farm’s blue silos, getting solace from it. Later on in his life Tom got the chance to meet the farm owners and became friends with them to the point that there now his children’s adopted grandparents. And the song, “Dream Come True” revolves around one of those special times in life that Tom defines as a, ‘God moment.’
Other songs that stood out include, “Where Is God?” that was written during the time of the tragedies happening in Haiti. The song deals with those times when tragic things happen that shake your faith. The track is also the first single from the album. The song, “The Greatest Gift,” features special guest Phil Keaggy and revolves around Christmas time and keeping the real reason for the season in your heart amongst all of the hoopla that often surrounds the holiday.
Review Takeaway: The Frye family band is made up of some talented musicians and with their family dynamic the songs found on ‘Under Indiana Lights’ offers up tight seamless music with nicely blended vocals that rival those of seasoned musicians.