Traditional Gospel

Julia Mae Price-Williams (Caravans, Davis Sisters) Dies

Marcel West informed the Journal of Gospel Music that gospel singer Julia Mae Price-Williams died. A PK–her father pastored Second Baptist Church in Augusta–Miss Julia sang briefly with the Davis Sisters of Philadelphia and later the Caravans. She married Rev. Felton Williams Jr., and in 1981, while living in Baltimore, she recorded her first solo album for the Gospel imprint. The album helped earn her award nominations from the Gospel Music Workshop of America. Here is a link to an interview Julia did with Joseph Middleton of the Golden Era Gospel Blog: http://goldeneragospel.blogspot.com/2009/10/golden-era-gospel-blog-interviews.html JGM extends its heartfelt sympathies to the ...

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The Williams Brothers – Songs of Worship, Praise & Deliverance

The Williams Brothers Songs of Worship, Praise & Deliverance Blackberry Records (2014) www.blackberryrecords.com By Bob Marovich With more than 50 years of harmonizing under their belt, the Williams Brothers are an institution in the quartet community. The group’s longstanding willingness and ability to adapt to the latest in sacred and secular sounds is exemplified in its latest album, Songs of Worship, Praise & Deliverance. Here, the Williams Brothers attach their meaty quartet harmonies to the meditative Praise & Worship style currently sweeping the gospel music and church communities. Listeners expecting to hear hip-slapping, drive-tempo traditional quartet singing on Songs of ...

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Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others: Get In Union

Bessie Jones with the Georgia Sea Island Singers and Others Get In Union: Recordings by Alan Lomax 1959-1966 Tompkins Square (released, October 28, 2014) www.tompkinssquare.com By Bob Marovich Students of ethnomusicology and folk music enthusiasts fortunate enough to hear the two or three LPs of Bessie Jones and the Georgia Sea Island Singers can tell you the thrill of hearing the group’s music for the first time. The singers’ dedication to preserving a music with roots that run all the way back to West Africa has enabled generations to hear something of the foundation of spirituals, the blues, jazz, gospel, and ...

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Pianist Edward Robinson Dies; Accompanied Mahalia Jackson, Caravans

Gregory Gay of GOSPELflava.com informed the Journal of Gospel Music of the passing of Edward “Eddie” Robinson. Robinson was a gospel piano accompanist for such leading lights as Robert Anderson and Mahalia Jackson.  He played on the Caravans’ April 1952 recording debut and toured Europe with Mahalia Jackson.  In 2011, Robinson recorded his first solo album for The Sirens Records: This Is My Story, This Is My Song. You can read more about Robinson’s life here:  www.thehistorymakers.com/biography/edward-robinson-39 On Saturday, November 15, WLUW-FM’s “Gospel Memories” will feature a long set of Eddie Robinson classics (www.gospelmemories.com). JGM will share more details on Robinson’s ...

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Celebrating the DuBose Family on Occasion of Father’s 75th Birthday

On the 75th birthday of Jonathan DuBose Sr., member of Bridgeport, Connecticut quartet the Sensational Starlights, the Journal of Gospel Music is pleased to repost its 2011 interview (below) with another musical member of the DuBose Family, Jonathan Jr. Before we get into the interview, here are some links to see and hear more about the DuBose Family: Jonathan DuBose Sr. 75th Birthday weekend: https://new.livestream.com/StreamYourDreamLIVE/75thBirthdayJonathanDuBoseSr DuBose Daughters Debut with Father and Sons: https://new.livestream.com/StreamYourDreamLIVE/events/3361165/images/63830942 70 and Beyond Video & Audio Blog: http://aeo.podbean.com *** By Bob Marovich Scan the liner notes of a gospel CD and chances are you will see the ...

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Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement

By Bob Marovich Michael Castellini made ample use of the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University, and the counsel of gospel music historian Professor Robert Darden, to write his Master’s thesis on gospel music and the civil rights movement. In “Sit In, Stand Up and Sing Out!: Black Gospel Music and the Civil Rights Movement,” Castellini argues that many components of the African American church and  church community, in addition to black sacred music, helped fuel the flames of the Civil Rights movement of the 1950s and 1960s. The thesis is an engaging and thoroughly enjoyable read, providing a great ...

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Jones Family Singers to Share the Gospel at Chicago’s Mayne Stage

By Bob Marovich Rolling Stone and NPR called the Jones Family Singers, a gospel group from Bay City, Texas, one of 25 “must see” acts at SXSW [South By Southwest]. Filmmaker Alan Berg is working on a documentary about the family. They may be up for a GRAMMY for their latest CD, The Spirit Speaks, which received the Journal of Gospel Music‘s highest rating, five stars, upon its release in 2013. Given the wave of national publicity and the group’s accessible and soul satisfying presentation, I predict the Jones Family Singers will be embraced by the same multicultural American roots music community ...

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