Gospel

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama’s Down in New Orleans added a new musical wrinkle

The Blind Boys of Alabama fixed a glaring hole in their amazing career resume with ‘Down in New Orleans,’ released on this date 10 years ago.

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

Denise LaSalle, Soul-Blues Belter (1939-2018): An Appreciation

We loved the sexy, hard-as-nails Denise LaSalle for creating a series of titanic grooves, and also because we were never certain that she couldn’t have kicked our ass.

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Bob Dylan’s Trouble No More: I Haven’t Heard It, But I Already Have Issues

Columbia Records touts the gospel-focused ‘Trouble No More’ as the “definitive retrospective of a pivotal period” in Bob Dylan’s canon. It’s not.

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau (1940-2017): Our Essential Playlist

Al Jarreau’s distinctive singing style crossed boundaries, encompassing jazz, pop, R&B, funk, gospel, and even world music.

Jeff Beck + Rod Stewart, “People Get Ready” from Flash (1985): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck + Rod Stewart, “People Get Ready” from Flash (1985): One Track Mind

Jeff Beck and Rod Stewart equalled the emotional directness of their initial collaborations with “People Get Ready,” released on ‘Flash’ in July 1985.

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Carl Hall – You Don’t Know Nothing About Love (2015)

Lost R&B legend Carl Hall gives each performance a gospel-infused, four-octave charge. And yet he somehow remains stubbornly obscure.

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

The Word [Robert Randolph, John Medeski + North Mississippi All-Stars], “When I See the Blood” from Soul Food (2015)

Robert Randolph helps set a new standard for improv gospel-jazz country blues supergroups. Because, yeah, they’re the only one.

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Johnny Cash’s American VI: Ain’t No Grave was a rustic, spiritual, unbent farewell

Issued five years ago today, ‘American VI: Ain’t No Grave’ finds Johnny Cash in the midst of a bracing acceptance of his looming fate.

Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper’s research into then-unknown Wilson Pickett sparked his initial hit: ‘I found some gospel songs’

Steve Cropper inadvertantly discovered the seeds of Wilson Pickett’s breakthrough song while trying to figure out just who Pickett was.

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

Staple Singers, “Jesus is All” from Freedom Highway Complete (2015): One Track Mind

‘Freedom Highway Complete’ makes viscerally clear that the Staple Singers, though they’d moved far afield of gospel, could still rattle the back pews.

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