“Y’all don’t mind havin’ a little Missionary Baptist church for a minute?”
Thus inquires Detroit’s Rev. Oscar Hayes, rhetorically of course, as he and his Abundant Life Fellowship launch into a nearly eight-minute medley of traditional sacred literature during one of its live performances. Songs such as “On the Battlefield,” “Have a Little Talk with Jesus,” and “Down by the Riverside” are accompanied by an infectious backbeat and a happily warbling Hammond organ.
The singing group, including fellow Detroiter Darius “Scatman” Twyman (of Destiny), plays the role of responsive congregation with obvious joy. This devotional track is the finest moment on Seasoned & Settled by a country mile, and will appeal to anyone who enjoys COGIC Bishop G.E. Patterson’s volumes of old time singing.