JGM Pick of the Week: May 22, 2017

“Lord, You’ve Been Good to Me”
Tim Woodson & the Heirs of Harmony
Peacock Music Group (release date: April 11, 2017)
www.peacockmusicgroup.com

By Bob Marovich

With their version of a gospel quartet classic recorded in 1961 by the Original Five Blind Boys (and credited to the late Lloyd Woodard), Tim Woodson & the Heirs of Harmony give a contemporary touch to what is otherwise a straight ahead old-school sound.

The track opens with a low-volume and stripped down version of the song and then transitions, as from black and white to color, into the Heirs of Harmony’s version. “Lord, You’ve Been Good to Me” includes a vamp with shouting, call-and-response, and a rolling bass line. Unfettered gratitude never sounded so good.

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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