Inspired by "an emotional batch of shows" in the days after the September 11, 2001, terrorist attacks and a well-meaning, if uninformed, ex-Marine tour-bus driver who, after hearing them sing, said, "Y'all should make a record," Eddie from Ohio put together this benefit CD, which contains four-part harmony a cappella performances of "The Star-Spangled Banner," "America, the Beautiful," and the spiritual "Down to the River to Pray," plus a version of "God Bless America" sung as a solo by group member Julie Murphy Wells with acoustic guitar accompaniment, and a live version of the elegiac original "Oh My Brother," which the group found to have been recontextualized as a tribute to firefighters when they sang it in New York. Since Eddie from Ohio usually performs original material, this is an opportunity to appreciate them more for the beauty of their singing. Profits from sales of the CD are earmarked for victims of the disaster, and the group was selling it for ten dollars at their concerts and through a website, bulletproof.com.
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AllMusic Review by William Ruhlmann