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Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama, The – “Singing Songs of Praise ” – [Aum Fidelity]

Thurston Hunger   5/3/2007   Blues, CD

I think we’ve all spent some time in our own private Hurtsboro? Even as
a charismatic agnostic, this gets an “Amen” from me. Gospel, like its
savior, works in mysterious ways…and genres. It can draw strength
from suppressed sexuality via soul, it can get earthy in a country vein
(like a miner baptised in a coal mine). Or, as the Spiritualaires do,
it can dig deep inside via the blues. If you are in pain, something
about a profound bass vocal gives you a rock to build from, fill that
out with some sweet harmonies but don’t rush things. Let the notes and
the pain linger, just a bit. Add in slow clap, it help with the
weariness. Not too fast, now. Guitarist Curtis Harris testifies in tight
spots here as well, delivers his own slow-mo Mali style fretting…you
could plug him in next to Tinariwen and not miss a beat. Radio fans do
not miss tracks #3 and #8, clips from the Spiritualaires Radio Program!
“If that car run good and look bad…bring it on in…he’ll make it
look good.” Sounds like a modern-day miracle worker to me! KFJC should
do all our underwriting in Spiritualaires style. “Some Folk Say” brings
in a falsetto voice, and a peppier beat, and almost tastes like a
hootenanny. While I may reserve judgement regarding the big If in the
sky, I’m fine worshipping the pride and joy of Hurtsboro.

-Thurston Hunger

you heard it 22 times on kfjc! most recently:
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  • 3394 days ago, Surfer Rosa played I'm On My Way to Heaven Anyhow
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