The Frye Family Band wasn't planned. It developed naturally as
Tom Frye's family became increasingly involved in his music ministry.
As a homeschool family, they were already accustomed to working
together and ministering together. The Frye Family Band consists
of Tom Frye, his wife, Lisa, and their three children: Kaylyn (17),
Maggie (15), and Jonathon (13). Under Indiana Lights is their first
CD as a family band, though Tom had previously recorded several
Under Indiana Lights is unusual, because it is completely original.
Tom Frye is a singer-songwriter, and all fourteen songs on the
album are written or co-written by the Frye family themselves.
On this recording, Tom's wife and children provide many of the
background vocals. Although the family plays all the instruments
when they are performing live, they do not play the music for this
The songs on the album include:
- Consume Me
- Where is God? (with Jeremy Casella)
- Your Love
- I Shall Not Want
- Sarah Dances
- Little By Little
- I Remember
- Dream Come True
- Knight in Armor
- The Greatest Gift (featuring Phil Keaggy)
- Blue Silos
- I Surrender
- The Greatest Gift (rockabilly version)
When I listened to this CD for the first time, I was confused.
I couldn't quite decide how to classify the music style. I liked
it, but what was it? It wasn't pop or rock. It wasn't exactly country,
bluegrass, or gospel, though it did lean more toward country than
pop. After listening to it several times, I decided the best description
for the Frye Family Band's style was Christian Contemporary music
with Folk/Acoustic flair. The songs on the Under Indiana Lights
album have incredibly meaningful lyrics. The music supports the
lyrics, which are easily understood, rather than competing with
them. The songs are definitely from the heart of the Frye family,
many telling stories of their life and their own faith experiences.
Although I enjoyed the entire album, I want to mention several
of my favorites. The song that stands out most to me on this album
is the first track, Consume Me, which asks God to fill our hearts
with His presence and His love. The haunting song, Where is God?,
was written following the Haitian earthquake, and it assures listeners
that He is Emmanuel, God With Us. I was touched by the lilting
song, Sarah Dances, which tells the story of a girl born with spina
bifida. As a homeschooler, Tom's love song to his wife, Knight
in Armor, makes me smile when it mentions textbooks stacked on
the table. Having read Tom's biography on his website, I was impressed
that several of his songs were autobiographical in nature.
The Frye family's ministry is expanding, and soon they will be
hosting Family to Family conferences. I do hope that they find
time to make more albums in the future. I'd be interested in seeing
how the family band develops as the children mature and become
even more involved. I enjoyed The Frye Family Band's debut album,
and I am sure others will, as well.