JGM Pick of the Week: April 2, 2018

“Trouble Won’t Last”
Apostle James Alston & Fellowship

By Bob Marovich

By their name, Apostle James Alston & Fellowship sounds like a P&W group, but they are actually a quartet, complete with Alston’s gravelly lead vocal delivery and gospel chuckle.

For “Trouble Won’t Last,” Alston & Fellowship delivers the reassuring message of Psalm 30:5, like so many decades of quartets before them, in the language of the spiritual, “I’m so glad trouble don’t last always.” Of course, the melody and lyrics are different from the spiritual, and the quartet gives their song a bounce appropriate for the joyful sentiment.

Apostle James Alston & Fellowship, based in Portsmouth, Virginia, are nominated for five 2018 Rhythm of Gospel Awards, including Traditional Artist of the Year.

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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