Gospel

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.

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.

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.

Pops Staples, “Somebody Was Watching” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

Pops Staples, “Somebody Was Watching” from Don’t Lose This (2015): One Track Mind

Fifteen years after his death, Pops Staples returns — as sweetly vibrant, as light-filled and meaningful, as deeply soulful as ever.

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper on the 5 Royales’ lasting impact: ‘Deserved more credit than they ever got’

Steve Cropper has long advocated for the 5 Royales, newly announced recipients of the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame’s Early Influence Award.

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

The Band, “The River Hymn” from Cahoots (1971): Across the Great Divide

“The River Hymn” tries to answer questions raised on the Band’s ‘Cahoots,’ offering one of Levon Helm’s prettiest vocals along the way.

‘People are going to be shocked’: Dolly Parton on her gospel reworking of a Bon Jovi smash

Dolly Parton’s new studio effort Blue Smoke features the expected blend of country, bluegrass and church music. She even duets with her old pal Kenny Rogers. Dig deeper, though, and there is a huge surprise waiting

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