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JGM Pick of the Week: March 21, 2016

“Step Out on Water” Johnny B. Williams From the CD Songs for the World to Sing http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/johnnybwilliams22 “Step Out on Water” was one of JGM’s picks when we reviewed Johnny B. Williams’ album, Songs for the World to Sing, in April 2014. So rather than reinvent the wheel, here is what we wrote about the song nearly two years ago: “While Williams is comfortable in all gospel genres, he dazzles in the traditional arena. Perhaps neo-traditional would be a more accurate description, as the Swan Silvertones’ influenced “Step Out on Water” is fixed in the quartet style–Williams’s voice is multi-tracked ...

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Swan Silvertones – Amen Amen Amen: The Essential Collection

Swan Silvertones Amen, Amen, Amen: The Essential Collection Rock Beat Records /Archives Alive www.rockbeatrecords.com By Bob Marovich Few will dispute that the Swan Silvertones are among the finest gospel quartets to gather around microphones.  From the Reverend Claude Jeter’s haunting falsetto to the Reverend Robert Crenshaw’s explosive improvisations, the Swans rivaled the Dixie Hummingbirds, Sensational Nightingales, Soul Stirrers, Fairfield Four, and Swanee Quintet for the title of baddest men on the gospel highway. Producer Michael Ochs salutes this historic group with Amen, Amen, Amen: The Essential Collection.  This reissue compilation opens with several of the group’s early 1950s Specialty sides—their ...

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Not By Bread Alone: Gospel Quartets and Food Sponsorships in the South

In a fascinating article for the Southern Foodways Alliance, Carrie Allen Tipton tells the story of how quartets used to sing products off the shelves and into American homes. Harmony to sell hominy? http://www.southernfoodways.org/your-weekly-pop-not-by-bread-alone/ Carrie Allen Tipton writes and lectures about classical music, American popular music, religion, and Southern culture.

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