Old Bear Records is releasing Rich Mullins' first live recording as an album to commemorate his sudden passing 25 years ago.
The writer of 'Awesome God,' Mullins' first recorded album, now newly mastered, is titled Deep Valley and available today.
The live album was first recorded in 1984 in Slippery Rock, Pennsylvania. This new release has 21 tracks, including five bonus songs.
"He travelled to Deep Valley often in the early 1980s and fell hard for the junior high and high school kids; the love was mutual," says Beth Snell Lutz, the album’s primary Executive Producer and one of Mullins’ longest friends. "He felt completely relaxed and free to be his unbridled self, resulting in a greater number of ‘Richard Rants’ … what I have always called his rambling talks between songs."
Mullins loved the camp atmosphere and it's why he recorded the album at Deep Valley Christian Camp.
"Deep Valley represents a kind of bridge between his early years as a songwriter and his later years as a recording artist. Some of these songs may be familiar; some will be completely ‘new’ to you. Some are Richard’s alone; some were made popular by other artists such as Amy Grant, Debby Boone, and Caedmon’s Call."
Last fall an album was released with various CCM artists as a tribute to Mullins, called Bellsburg…The Songs of Rich Mullins.