NEEDTOBREATHE has a problem with preconceived notions.

The band is a brother act from the Carolinas known to favor the banjo, but they’re not The Avett Brothers.

Bear and Bo Rinehart are the sons of a preacher who started playing music in church, but they’re not The Kings of Leon.

And they won a Dove Award last year for their breakthrough album, but they’re not a Christian band either.

The release of their fourth album, “The Reckoning,” should clear things up. The album debuted at No. 6 on the all-genre Billboard 200 this week with 48,500 copies sold and is something of a mission statement for a group looking to make its mark on the wider consciousness.

They love Southern rock and want to be identified that way. And they want their music to be positive and uplifting, but they’ve been very conscious of putting their own stamp on their latest album, “The Reckoning” — just so there’s no confusion.

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