“Turn Right and Go Straight” – Roscoe Robinson

“Turn Right and Go Straight”

Roscoe Robinson

ABKCO Music & Records (release date: June 29, 2018)

By Bob Marovich

On the subject of veteran travelers of the gospel highway, Roscoe Robinson has been singing gospel quartet, with a notable side trip as a national soul artist, since the early 1950s.

“Turn Right and Go Straight” is Robinson without his recent quartet, the Birmingham Blind Boys, and with a roadhouse band, rocking electric guitar riffs, and righteous background vocalists.  In solid voice, Robinson employs travel directions as a metaphor to help the sinner guide his way to “the pearly gate.”

The nonagenarian then turns around and delivers a smooth soul ballad, “We Got a Good Thing Going,” demonstrating that sometimes the only difference between the sacred and the secular is the lyric content.

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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