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Various Artists –  Sacred Soul of North Carolina [2xLP] – New LP
Various Artists –  Sacred Soul of North Carolina [2xLP] – New LP
Various Artists –  Sacred Soul of North Carolina [2xLP] – New LP
Various Artists –  Sacred Soul of North Carolina [2xLP] – New LP
Bible & Tire Recording Company

Various Artists – Sacred Soul of North Carolina [2xLP] – New LP

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And on the ninth day, they rested...eleven artists getting down, including Little Willie and Big James, what else you need to know...well don't feel bad, I did not know them neither...but once you know them, you will never forget them...gospel labels have been putting out amazing records for 100 years, but while they were still great in the 1980s, that's when the digital production really got in the way of the power and punch...but that is not the case here, ah-oh here we go, this has got punch and power to spare...American music comes from black music, and you can't understand black music without understanding gospel music, whether it's Ray Charles, Elvis, Bo Diddley, Allen Toussaint, Isley Brothers, Smokey Robinson, James Brown, Sam Cooke, Impressions, Aretha, Etta James...whether you call it rock n roll, soul, funk, R&B, garage, punk, or pop, almost everything that followed clearly came out of them folks, and them folks clearly came out of gospel...and often as you look at the map of American music influence growing up from New Orleans, rooted like a tree in Louisiana, Georgia, Mississippi, Texas, and growing like a trunk into Memphis, St. Louis, Chicago, Detroit, branching out to LA, New York, Philly, Boston...North Carolina is often neglected, but three of the most important people in the world of music were born there, Nina Simone, George Clinton, and Thelonious Monk!  Say what?!  What a legacy!  And now make way for North Carolina today, from Dedicated Men of Zion with "Can't Turn Me Around" to a concluding "Amazing Grace" by Melody Harper, 11 groups and 18 cuts, bend your knees or jump on your toes.  -- winch (green noise)


Eleven groups in eight days. A marathon recording session in a makeshift storefront studio in a 100-year-old building in the tiny Eastern North Carolina town of Fountain. Once the idea for the project was in place, Alice Vines of the Glorifying Vines Sisters started calling local musicians. It didn’t take her long to line up almost a dozen groups to come lift their voices and represent the region’s unique Sacred Soul traditions.

When the groups on this record gathered to record in February of 2020, they couldn’t have known that the world was on the heels of a global pandemic, or that the year would bring great turmoil and social upheavals. But in the reality created by gospel songs even the greatest of trials are not surprising, nor can they be ultimately devastating. Every time singers stepped up to the mic during these sessions, they created a sonic world where no amount of bad news can undermine the truth of The Good News. Even when “you can’t really see a solution to what you’re dealing with at the moment,” says Kiamber Daniels of Faith and Harmony, singing gospel music will remind you, “hey, I’m still here; I got what it takes to make it through this. It will give you a sense of peace.”

Produced by Bruce Watson (Fat Possum/Big Legal Mess/Bible & Tire), this collection of sacred soul recordings of Eastern North Carolinian gospel groups is a one of a kind exploration. With a rich heritage of family gospel music, the artists in this area have been honing their craft over generations and have their own way of making the material original and unique. This is Sacred Soul of North Carolina. 


released October 15, 2021

Can't Turn Me Around - Dedicated Men of Zion
It's A Shame - Dedicated Men of Zion
Tell It All To Jesus - The Vines Sisters
Somewhere To Lay My Head - Johnny Ray Daniels
Glory Glory - Johnny Ray Daniels
Tell It - Big James Barrett & The Golden Jubilees
Use Me Lord - Big James Barrett & The Golden Jubilees
Ask God In Faith - Big Walt & The Faithful Jordanairs
Victory - Faith & Harmony
We Will Work - Faith & Harmony
He's Coming Again - The Johnsonairs
Trying To Make It - The Johnsonairs
Shake Me - Bishop Albert Harrison & The Gospel Tones
Stand Up - Bishop Albert Harrison & The Gospel Tones
I Want To Be Ready - Little Willie & The Fantastic Spiritualaires
Have You Tried Jesus - Little Willie & The Fantastic Spiritualaires
No Ways Tired - Marvin Earl "Blind Butch" Cox
Amazing Grace - Melody Harper

Produced by Bruce Watson & Tim Duffy
Recorded by Rick Caughron at Music Maker - East Fountain, NC in February 2020

c&p 2021 Bible & Tire Recording Co.


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