TBGB Pick of the Week: April 21, 2014

“God’s Love Lifted Me Higher”
Roscoe Robinson & the Birmingham Blind Boys
From the Mississippi Delta Blues CD
God’s Love Lifted Me Higher (2014)
Trading on his experience as lead singer for the Mississippi, Alabama, and Ohio Blind Boys, veteran singer Roscoe Robinson has assembled the Birmingham Blind Boys, a new quartet named for his hometown of Birmingham, Alabama.
The title track of the Birmingham Blind Boys’ new CD is also its lead single.  Led by Robinson, “God’s Love Lifted Me Higher” is an energetic gospelization of Jackie Wilson’s “Higher and Higher.”  The 1967 classic is a natural as a personal testimony of salvation, and Robinson’s dead aim on Wilson’s high notes, as John McCay’s harmonica punctuates the melody, makes the emulation even more vivid. 

The Birmingham Blind Boys are Paul Montgomery, Ref. Julis Love, and James Perkins.  The quartet is holding its CD release party in Jackson, Mississippi April 28.  Click here for more details.

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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