"The Coming Tide" by Luke Winslow-King offers a warning of a threatening storm, both spiritual and natural, but also a promise of shelter, in the swinging sound of pre-war jazz, blues and gospel music.
The past several years of medical set backs kept her from the public eye, then came the word: Fontella Bass, St. Louis' leading woman of song for the past half-century, died the day after Christmas. She was 72 years of age.
The Lee Boys is a family band on a mission to bring sacred steel to the masses.
The mystery of Iris DeMent's "Sing the Delta" isn't why it took some 16 years to appear. No, the mystery is that songs so purely honest and purely beautiful could still be made at all.
Gospel music has always been central to the fiercely-original blues of Kelly Joe Phelps. "Brother Sinner & the Whale," however, is his most spiritual album yet.
Last night, fans found refuge from the rain and had their spirits lifted by the Blind Boys of Alabama's moving performance.
Not many musicians can boast a 70-year career packed with accolades and adoration in all 50 states and a handful of continents besides, but the Blind Boys of Alabama can. And now they've finally gone country, in style.