Preachin' the Gospel: Holy Blues

Preachin' the Gospel: Holy Blues



This diverse collection of vintage religious recordings is highlighted by Washington Phillips' "Denomination Blues" (on which he accompanies himself on an obscure keyboard called a dalceola), Elder Charlie Beck's "Drinking Shine," Arizona Dranes' talented piano playing, Joshua White, the swinging Blue Chips and the powerful vocalist-guitarist Sister O.M. Terrell who only recorded six selections during her one session in 1953. Much more difficult to sit through are the performances of Jessie May Hill (her voice is irritating) and the overheated sermons of Rev. Johnny Blakey (his backup singers are horrendous). Despite the limited subject matter, this is a historically significant set of nearly forgotten Black music.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/09/1991
Label: Sony
UPC: 0074644677928
catalogNumber: 46779


  1. Mother's Children Have a Hard Time
  2. I'm Gonna Run to the City of Refuge
  3. Denomination Blues, Pt. 1
  4. Denomination Blues, Pt. 2
  5. God's Got a Crown
  6. He Is My Story
  7. Jesus Gonna Make up My Dying Bed
  8. While the Blood Runs Warm in Your Veins
  9. Drinking Shine
  10. Lord, I Wish I Could See
  11. [Untitled Track]
  12. Sunshine in the Shadows
  13. You Can't Stop a Tattler, Pt. 1
  14. You Can't Stop a Tattler, Pt. 2
  15. King of Kings
  16. Jesus Was Here on Business
  17. Crying Holy Unto the Lord
  18. Stay on the Right Side of the Road
  19. The Bible's Right
  20. I'm Going to That City

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Josh White   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
George Washington Phillips   Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. Johnny Blakey   Vocals,Track Performer
Rev. Gary Davis   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Bessie Johnson   Vocals
Lonnie McIntorsh   Guitar
Elder Charles D. Beck   Piano,Track Performer
Arizona Dranes   Piano,Vocals,Track Performer
Sister O.M. Terrell   Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Angeline Johnson   Vocals
Jessie May Hill   Vocals,Track Performer
Blue Chips   Vocals,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Blind Willie Johnson   Composer
George Washington Phillips   Contributor
Rev. Gary Davis   Composer
Ray Funk   Liner Notes
Traditional   Composer

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