“Never Shakes, Never Will”
The Wood Drake Sessions
(Independent; release date: January 19, 2021)
By Robert M. Marovich
Taking their text from Psalm 121 (“I lift my eyes to the hills”), the Wood Drake Sessions offers a word of personal encouragement in “Never Shakes, Never Will.”
The song is bathed in an acoustic, laidback Levon Helm-meets-Southern-Gospel vibe. Crisp production makes for a peaceful, easy listening experience.
Paul Ranheim and Kirk Sauers, aka The Wood Drake Sessions, are friends who met initially in Nashville. Today, Paul is a minister and songwriter in Colorado, and Kirk is a worship leader in Georgia. Their group name comes from a line of verse in a Wendell Berry poem, “The Peace of Wild Things.”