JGM Pick of the Week: June 1, 2020

“A Charge”
Desmond Roberson & the Roberson Bunch
From the 3 Sonz Records Here’s the Story
(release date: May 22, 2020)

By Bob Marovich

Don’t let the amusing Brady Bunch-like cover fool you. There’s some serious singing on “A Charge,” from Desmond Roberson & the Roberson Bunch.

It is an exhilarating Pentecostal-meets-quartet take on the hymn “A Charge to Keep I Have,” arranged by husband-and-wife team Desmond and Tammy Roberson.

The piece, which serves as the finale of a live recording by the family band from Valdosta, Georgia, allows the congregation a chance to get their last long praise on. Desmond leads with a battery of gut-wrenching shouts and squalls as the family chants in lock-step precision. The rhythm section drives an incessant beat. Raw and righteous.

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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