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Album Review

The Far Country saw Andrew Peterson going to great lengths to create a thought-provoking acoustic concept album, a sparkling feat indeed considering how dry the CCM-folk well had run by 2005. Of the theme for the CD, the lead singer said, "These songs are representative of what God's been teaching me over the last few years, that believing in and longing for Heaven affects every aspect of our lives here on Earth." Lyrically, the band portrayed these lessons with various references to scripture and fantasy works (Lord of the Rings fans will recognize at once "The Haven's Grey"). Musically, the material was tickled by a range of folk instrumentation that went well beyond the usual touches of accordion and mandolin; Peterson tapped the sounds of the ocarina, bouzouki, resonator guitar, hammered dulcimer and even an Irish whistle in "Little Boy Heart Alive." The album artwork and song titles also dealt with the joyful journey from life to death, showing a reverent yearning to leave everything behind and explore the next realm of eternity. Peterson's warm yet thin timbre continued an evolution toward Glen Phillips' recognizable tenor. The album never roared above a whisper, yet it spoke loudly of gospel themes. Christianity Today named it number eight on its list of the best Christian albums of 2005, deeming it "an engaging folk pop album" with "top-notch musicianship" and a "strong sense of melody and lyrical insight."

Customer Reviews

One of the best CDs you've never heard (unless you've heard it; then you know).

Andrew Peterson is one of the best singer-songwriters out there and The Far Country is a perfect example of his masterful storytelling at work. Stand-out tracks include "The Far Country," "Lay Me Down," "Queen of Iowa," "Little Boy Heart Alive,".... oh, heck - I'm just listing them all! Check this album out! You will not be disappointed.


This CD absolutely blew me away when I first heard it. I was regularly moved to tears by kind of beauty contained in these songs that just breaks your heart. This music does a superb job of mysteriously causing you to relish in the taste of the world to come and at the same time long and ache for that coming day. Definitely a desert island CD for me.

He is blessed

Andrew played at our church last weekend and he is phenomenal. He had us laughing, crying and longing for more. The story behind Queen of Iowa is heart-wrenching and of Job proportions.


Genre: Christian & Gospel

Years Active: '90s, '00s, '10s

Andrew Peterson, namesake of the CCM band composed of himself, wife Jamie Peterson, and friend Gabe Scott, was born in Monticello, IL. The son of a pastor, Peterson's family relocated to his parents' native state of Florida when he was seven. After living outside of Jacksonville for a few years, his family settled in Lake Butler, FL. Although Peterson fondly recalls his time in the Sunshine State, he also remembers the harsh reality of the KKK, Copenhagen, and shotguns. As a teenager, Peterson retreated...
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