Songs of Deliverance

by Josh Brister

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Songs of Deliverance was recorded in an old cabin beside a lake on the outskirts of Magee, Mississippi. It tells the story of a man discovering profound peace on this dirty road of life.


released September 26, 2013

Tyler Kemp - Keyboards, Organs, Piano, Accordion, mellotron, Percussion
Topher Brown - Acoustic Guitars, Electric Guitars, Vocals, Percussion, Mandolin, Banjo
Nick Smith - Lead Electric Guitar
Brett Hart - Drums
Ty Garvey - Bass, Vocals, Banjo, Acoustic Guitars
Josh Brister - Vocals, Acoustic Guitars, Harmonica
Lucas Bivens - Gang vocals
Jorge Carrillo - Background vocals

Album Artwork by Paul Tynes
Photography by Samuel Branch

Executive Producer - Tyler Kemp
Engineers - Tyler Kemp and Nick Smith
Producers - Topher Brown, Nick Smith and Josh Brister
Mixing - Casey Combest at BlueSky Studios
Mastering - Adam Gonsalves at Telegraph Mastering

Kickstarter Folks: Familia Moraleja Zamora, Jason Baker, Neil and Amanda Tullos, Justin and Molly Webster, Chris Kellum, Byron Knight, Josh Crawford, David Merkosky, Rose Hall, Meemaw, Keith Dorman, Dan Ainsworth

Special Thanks: The Bossman Upstairs, My unwavering supportive family, The Ainsworths, Topher Brown, Paul Tynes, Laura Meek, Jay Johns, Justin Teasley, Brandon Sistrunk, Jorge Carrillo, Fondren Church, Bellwether Church, Abraham ‘Santo’ Martinez, Gabriel ‘Killo Zenni, David ‘Heavy’ Marroquín, Fran Subirana, Chaz ‘Smiley’ Krogedal, Bryson Hattfield, Steven Buys, Imago Dei Church, Tony and Kimberly Merida, La Industria, The Hills, Andersons, Kilfords and all my familia Cantabra and so many more!



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Joshua Luke Brister, 28, was born in New Orleans, but raised and reared in the unapologetic state of hospitality: Mississippi. The sounds created from this project are certain to contain the familiar pulses of worship, only now mixed with the soul that can only come from a place like Mississippi. ... more

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Track Name: Rest Easy Child
Now that you’re here
And we own your ears
Rest easy child
The water’s just right
Rest easy child
The water’s just right
Track Name: Come On In
To all my brothers beat to hell
Who ain’t got a clue when the storm’ll end
Listen up boys
Hear what I say
There’s a whole lot of peace
Down past the water’s edge
Come on in
Come on in son

To all my sisters whose backs are sore
Who ain’t had a day off since they were born
Let me tell you what I know
You can find rest for your worn out bones
Come on in
Come on in yall
Come on in

Oohh the river is calling
Oohh she knows your name
Oohh can you hear her?
Oohh round here they call her Grace

To all you yunggens bored to death
Who can’t stop dreaming of leaving town
No matter where you run to
Cuz I ran real far
You’ll always be searching for a glassed lake heart
Come on in
Come on in kid
Track Name: Mississippi Life w/ Topher Brown
This cute little Catalan girl sipping rich folks coffee
Said what’s all the fuss about them lines on your arm
She ain’t had sweet tea
Nor will she ever feel what I got burning in my heart
So I took a walk down my Papaw’s campground
Thinking about why it’s so special to me
It’s a feeling as old as David
Humming a sweet tune with his lover in his arms

If I leave her tonight
In the morning she’s still on my mind
No matter where I lay my head
No matter where I spend my nights
There’s something right about a Mississippi life

So I told her about southern sunsets
And Sunday mornings in Jesus’ name
Running barefoot round the front porch
With Meemaw singing I’m gonna fly away
Track Name: Starry Head w/ Taylor Hildebrand
Tears burnt up in the sun
Ain’t felt a breeze for some time
Hope just a word
The well had long been bone dry
That’s where He found, found me
A-blazed on the road
Right then the rain set in

Face fresh up off the ground
Let’s get you fed, full and clean
It’s been a long time coming
Lay to rest starry head
That’s where He pulled, pulled me
Out of the mud
Right then He cleaned, cleaned up
All of the blood
Down by the river

Pass the time skint up knees
Grateful for changes He’s made
I’m alive and redeemed
Only because of His grace
I swear He loves, loves you
More than you know
Yes He will wait for you
He wants you back home
Down by the River
Track Name: Custody of the State w/ Jesse Coppenbarger
Born an orphan happy birthday
Writhing and reeling, custody of the state
You’re flesh to own
Bred to believe all will desert you
Needing to talk when there’s no one to talk to
Your heart's a stone
Heavy and cold but won’t be thrown
Looking for a home from some distant dream
But it found you and called you family
You don’t know what to feel
You tell yourself that you’re lost
But it is real

No matter where you go
Or what you do
Or have done
There’s a home for everyone

A tough tongued boy barely 10
Knocked around from henhouse to pen
Like some forgotten song
The pain has grown but not for long
Left them all not expecting to fall
Wanting to run when there’s no one to run to
An extended loan
Being gnawed away on and it eats to the bone

No matter where you go
Or what you do
Or have done
There’s a home for everyone

No matter how slow
It may take
To get to
We all gotta get home

Born an orphan happy birthday
Track Name: Burying Bones w/ Meemaw
I’ve played the game so long
Man I feel like an old dog
Burying bones in the yard
Ain’t nothing changed
It always ends the same
Digging solo in the rain

I’ve met all kinds of bones
I’ve been all over the world
But I end up alone
Time for another hole
The wheel keeps on turning
It never slows

‘Til that stormy day
The leaves began to change

I saw her face
For the very first time

I never will forget that look in her eyes
Not a word was said when we realized
We’d waited all our lives to both believe
There’s someone just for me

After all this time
It still feels like the old days
He’s still enough for me
He’s all I’ll ever need
I wouldn’t change a thing
I’d do it all again

I never will forget that look in his eyes
Not a word was said when we realized
We’d waited all our lives to both believe
There’s someone just for me
I've found the one for me
Track Name: Glory Land
Everybody wants to rise
Everybody wants to rise
Everybody wants to rise
But ain’t nobody ready to die

Look at our fancy things
Look at our fancy things
Look at our fancy things
But tell me what the hell do they bring

There’s a whole lot of kids
Who ain’t got nothing to eat
We keep turning our heads
Pretending we don’t see
Let’s stop stacking up our gold
And lend more of a hand
Cuz all these mansions we own
Will be left in the sand
When we board the boat to Glory Land
Track Name: Let Her Be
As a man
I always wanna put things right
But it beats me down to dust
When all I can do is watch her cry
Through our struggles on the road
The boss man upstairs hears us
So when life turns stone cold
I do the only thing I know

I hit my knees
Please don’t take her from me
Why’s she gotta leave
Oh God just let her be

It’s in these moments we find out
Just what we do believe
And when our hands are tied
We fall down begging please please
Track Name: Deliverer w/ Ty Garvey
Wandering in darkness
Hand in hand with my shame
Roaming to nowhere
Too weak to fight off the pain
That’s where You met me
Naked on the side of the road
You scrubbed off the old filth
And carried me all the way home

Your grace restores my life
And makes me new
You are my redeemer
Your love invades my heart
And frees my soul
You are my deliverer

Oh my God come and help me 
For I've trespassed where I don't belong
I am poor and I'm needy
Desperate for the peace of Your song
And that’s when I heard it
A melody so sweet and clear
It was the voice of my savior
Wiping away every tear     

Your hope will pierce through the darkness
And rescue the weak and the helpless
We live to shine your light
Your peace brings rest to the burdened
And redeems the lost and the broken
We live to shine your light
Track Name: Muddy Mississippi
Here we are
Singing songs about the day
We’ll all float up to see those pearly gates
Better hose us off
We’re all from muddy Mississippi
We don’t wanna dirty up the streets of gold

Take us home
We’ve been roaming way too long
We all wanna hear the angels sing their song
Take us home

Take us home
Take us home