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Jordan, Friday, 4 April 2008 21:04 (eleven years ago) link

this doesn't really do it justice, but i love that neko case version of 'this little light' that's on her live album.

Jordan, Friday, 4 April 2008 21:05 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Irma Thomas, will be featured on the season finale of ABC’s Extreme Makeover: Home Edition. In the episode, the Extreme Makeover project is Noah’s Ark Missionary Baptist Church, which was destroyed by the flood waters of Hurricane Katrina. After the completion of the church, Thomas performs the gospel song “Singing Hallelujah” in its new sanctuary. She is accompanied by Hammond B-3 organist Dwight Franklin and pianist Diane Peterson, from the historic New Orleans First African Baptist Church. The episode airs Sunday, May 18 at 8 PM EST/7 PM CST.

curmudgeon, Friday, 16 May 2008 14:16 (eleven years ago) link

one month passes...

Wow. Just saw the Original Soul Invaders from Industry, Texas do an incredible show at the Smithsonian Folklife Festival down between the Washington Monument and the Capitol in DC. Guitar, bass, drums, keyboard and a number of vocalists. They mix classic gospel soul quartet wailing vocals with soul and funk rhythms. Reverend Green plays electric guitar and he jumped off the stage onto the Texas Dancehall tent dance floor and played Texas blues meets Bo Diddley meets Chuck Berry meets Curtis Mayfield stylings. The singer also ended up on the dance floor doing soul shouting and dancing and clapping. The singer was chanting at one point something that sounded like "Got to be a Holy Ghost Party, cuz a holy ghost party don't stop." They had no cds for sale and I've yet to find anything about them on the internet other than a photo on Flickr that does not convey the excitement of the show I saw. Below is their bio from the Smithsonian Folkife Fest website:

The Original Soul Invaders, Industry, Texas
Roy Green
Danny Davis
Demontreal Edmond
David Scott
Chadwick Turner
Chris Washington
The Original Soul Invaders draw on the amplified quartet tradition popular with African American gospel groups in Texas. Founder and leader Roy Green, who pastors the Mars Hill Deliverance Tabernacle Church in Fayetteville, Texas, started the group in the late 1970s.

curmudgeon, Sunday, 6 July 2008 23:17 (eleven years ago) link

Maybe M. McGonigal (sp.?)of Yeti publishing can track them down and release something.

curmudgeon, Monday, 7 July 2008 02:22 (eleven years ago) link

yes you spelled my name right, thanks.

and i *am* starting my own sub-label of mississippi records this year. would certainly love to hear that group based on your description. any way i can hear 'em perhaps?

i love folklife fests 'cause i always go to them thinking "bah humbug" and emerge super psyched about something.

it's hard for me to add to this thread 'cause i don't know really what kind of gospel people are looking for -- there's so much variety to this music, from so many eras, and a lot of what people are digging to me personally is friggin crony but i do not want to belittle what they're digging, you know?

when getting into this stuff, there's so much golden age era gospel music that is just amazing. be careful that the music you're getting is that group at their height, however -- you'll never see worse attention paid to release dates/ personnel than you will with gospel.

Mike McGooney-gal, Monday, 7 July 2008 04:56 (eleven years ago) link

CORNY not crony

Mike McGooney-gal, Monday, 7 July 2008 05:09 (eleven years ago) link

two years pass...

I never did find a contact address.

Has anybody seen this American Idol like tv show involving US church gospel choirs? There are apparently competitions in 14 cities that people can attend.

curmudgeon, Thursday, 2 September 2010 23:51 (eight years ago) link

i really want to see that.

arby's, Friday, 3 September 2010 00:12 (eight years ago) link

i never tire of this particular video:

by the time time the halfway mark hits i have trouble sitting still

arby's, Friday, 3 September 2010 00:13 (eight years ago) link

anyone heard this gospel comp? samples sound good.

Daniel, Esq., Friday, 3 September 2010 00:25 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

Sherman Washington died this week. Mr. Washington was really the heart and soul of the Gospel Tent at the Jazz Fest, and was instrumental in taking gospel music outside of its church roots to a more mainstream audience with his group, the Zion Harmonizers, who won OffBeat's Best of The Beat award repeatedly for Best Gospel Group. He passed away after a lengthy illness at the age of 85. Reportedly there will be a tribute to Mr. Washington at this year's Jazz Fest.

From the website of New Orleans magazine Offbeat

curmudgeon, Thursday, 17 March 2011 13:07 (eight years ago) link

six months pass...

I watched Singsation this morning. Normally I'm sleeping or doing something else. I have to remember to watch this more often!

Die, Foghat, Die (Mount Cleaners), Sunday, 25 September 2011 14:45 (seven years ago) link
Vintage Atlanta soul i found in a thrift shop years ago. I did this vinyl rip but warning it may have a skip or two...

Emperor Cos Dashit (Adam Bruneau), Sunday, 25 September 2011 17:08 (seven years ago) link

one year passes...

man, those Mike McGooney-gal gospel comps on tompkins sq. are the gifts that keep on giving.

tylerw, Tuesday, 23 April 2013 22:57 (six years ago) link

five months pass...

probably the best $4 you'll spend today
says ian nagoski: "When the Moon Goes Down in the Valley of Time: African-American Gospel, 1939-51 is a compilation I worked on sporadically over the past year dealing with prayers, promises, and visions of death and the apocalypse in the proto-Civil Rights era. When it became clear that there was no publisher for it, I abandoned it with the sound restoration only 80% done and without notes. It’s now available as 18 tracks (48 minutes) for $4."

tylerw, Thursday, 17 October 2013 20:41 (five years ago) link

five months pass...

heard this a couple weeks ago while flipping thru radio on a sunday morning, have had it in my head off and on since

goole, Tuesday, 18 March 2014 21:04 (five years ago) link

three months pass...

VA [2014] Say Amen!: Gospel Funk From Jewel Records

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:26 (five years ago) link

bodacious ignoramus, Friday, 20 June 2014 22:57 (five years ago) link

I need to see what Youtube videos have been added for The Original Soul Invaders, of Industry, Texas, since I raved about them upthread in 2008

curmudgeon, Saturday, 21 June 2014 15:04 (five years ago) link

one year passes...

His song "Total Praise" that has been covered by Destiny's Child, other gospel singers, and synagogue choirs as well, continues to get covered. The article focusses on his rebound from depression.

Still, he has watched RCA Inspiration’s younger artists, such as Donnie McClurkin and Fred Hammond, register platinum sales, while he has yet to have a single album sell more than 500,000 copies to reach gold status. Smallwood says that before his diagnosis, he felt his depression was brought on by comparing his success to others’. “I have always been very insecure about my gift,” he says.

But longtime gospel publicist Bil Carpenter says: “Richard is not for the masses. He’s for a more sophisticated, smaller group of people. He’s a thinking man’s gospel. It’s the chitlin’ circuit versus the Kennedy Center. Richard is the Kennedy Center.”


Some gospel artists, such as multiplatinum Kirk Franklin, have achieved wider commercial success by mixing in hip-hop. But Smallwood has remained with his classical sound.

Jacquie Gales Webb, who for more than 20 years has hosted a popular gospel segment on Washington’s WHUR radio, says Smallwood’s songs are distinctive because of the importance of the piano — not electric piano or keyboard playing, but a grand-piano style.

“No matter what genre he’s playing, in his music the piano is the prominent feature,” Webb says. “That’s how you know it’s a Richard Smallwood song.”

Valerie Simpson, who helped create the Motown sound as part of the husband-and-wife songwriting duo Ashford & Simpson, likens Smallwood to Stevie Wonder, because his lyrics, she says, “transcend a moment” and capture a sound of a generation that lasts for decades.

curmudgeon, Monday, 27 July 2015 13:11 (three years ago) link

five months pass...
This Mahalia comp from '91 has some awesome songs on it, fuck me - such a voice.

calzino, Friday, 22 January 2016 15:15 (three years ago) link

one year passes...

Saw a 10 act classic gospel marathon show Saturday. Blind Boys of Mississippi and Swanee Quintet were great. Spencer Taylor and the Highway QCs were good, as were many of the other acts.

curmudgeon, Monday, 4 December 2017 15:51 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

This 2017 Film doc “How I Got Over” about pioneering gospel acts including Highway QCs and others looks good.

curmudgeon, Friday, 9 February 2018 23:51 (one year ago) link

one year passes...

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