Sunday, January 20, 2013

Gritty Grungy Godly: 15 Down Home Gospel Classics

Sunday evening. Always a good time to turn up the volume and let the blues of the church push the worries and heartbreaks of the week away.

This collection 15 Down Home Gospel Classics is in essence a blues record, though if you start on Track 15 (Praise Music) you’d be forgiven for thinking you’re listening to Alvin Lee on speed. And as a blues record it is appropriate that all of these songs are about the Unseen world where all hopes are realized, all wounds bound up and healed and ecstasy always ready to break loose with a shimmy and shake. 

Whatever and whomever you worship, even if you don’t worship, this music will touch you and get you moving.  Many old hymns and ancient songs of faith and praise are contained herein, performed by some of America’s greatest blues  singers (Fred and Annie Mae McDowell; Lowell Fulsom, Big Joe Williams and Mance Libscomb) but there are also rare gems from the likes of Black Ace, a self taught Texas guitar player, Elder Roma Williams, part Native American harmonica player/preacherman, and the one man band, Rev. Louis Overstreet, too.

 A great way to end the weekend. Gritty, grungy, godly music!

            Track Listing:
            01 Just a Closer Walk With Thee [Aubrey Ghent]
02 There's a Leak In This Old Building [Paramount Singers]
03 I Want My Crown [Big Joe Williams]
04 Sinner Don't You Know [Robert Pete Williams]
05 I Feel Good [The Campbell Brothers]
06 I'm Going Over the Hill [Annie Mae and Fred McDowell]
07 Gonna Wait Till a Change Come [Elder Roma Wilson]
08 Farther Along [Black Ace]
09 I've Got Religion [Rebecca Smith, Tom Miller and Ruth Miller]
10 Motherless Children [Mance Lipscomb]
11 Jesus Will Fix It for You [Sonny Treadway]
12 I'm Working On a Building [Rev. Louis Overstreet]
13 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning [Fred McDowell]
14 Amazing Grace [Jess Fuller]
15 Praise Music [Aubrey Ghent]

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