Filed under: Good God! | Tags: Fire In My Bones, Good God! Born Again Funk
Oliver Wang continues to shower us with praise, this time spotlighting Good God! Born Again Funk for All Things Considered. While we’re pretty meh about the other reviewed compilation (Fire In My Bones), it’s nice to know that NPR is willing to challenge it’s primarily lefty listener (ourselves included).
Filed under: Good God!, Lonesome Heroes, Methodology | Tags: Ada Richards, Good God! Born Again Funk, Josh Bearman, Lonesome Heroes, Tucker Zimmerman
We sent a few CDs to Ada Richards, who is included on the next Good God! compilation (030, available at the end of January). One of them made it into the hands of (we believe) one of the patients at the hospital where Ada volunteers. She sent this enthusiastic letter.
My favorite thing about the letter is that usually friends and family members of the artists are only excited about the track or tracks they have a personal connection to. Our friend (as best as I can tell, her name is Carrie) is excited about the whole thing, even mentioning particular tracks she’s fond of. Refreshing to say the least.
Another thoughtful missive came from Tucker Zimmerman. It’s been 8 or 9 years since my friend Josh Bearman turned me onto Tucker’s Song-Poet LP and it’s long been one of my favorites. It’s sufficient to say, I’m very excited about working with him on the recent collection, 028 Wayfaring Strangers: Lonesome Heroes.
This is our favorite kind of mail!
Filed under: Eccentric Soul Revue, Good God! | Tags: Aaron Wickenden, Ben Poster, Good God! Born Again Funk, Lincoln Hall, tl barrett
We got this great video on the road that Ben Poster and Aaron Wickenden cut together in a pinch to help us promote the NYC shows but, we never had a chance to upload it in time. So, here’s the opening song of the tour from Chicago with Pastor TL Barret and his choir doing, “Like A Ship” off our upcoming release Good God! Born Again Funk!
Not a resurrection, but a rebirth.
Our 2006 release Good God! A Gospel Funk Hymnal examined what seemed to be a conundrum: gospel singers performing pious gospel songs, and devoutly, but doing so amid hot, sweaty, earthy sounds drunk on the same moonshine downed by any blues singer thumbing his way up north from the Mississippi delta. If the central premise was to grapple with a “funky” trend in gospel, forgive us for staring perhaps a bit too intently at the collision of sacred and profane we thought we saw on those LPs and 45s. This music was always sacred, and decidedly so.
Four years later, we return with not quite a New Testament, rather a re-examination of a weighty tome. Good God! Born Again Funk lends new ears to a joyful strain of American composers and performers unafraid of expressing their devotion with both inspiration and invention. They were faithful to a spirit, not to an ordained sound.
While we’re not releasing until January, subscribers can expect theirs in the next couple weeks (LP subs, fear not! The wax is in production as I type). Not a subscriber? You can pick one up from us at our merch table at the upcoming Eccentric Soul Revue dates.