Rev. Charlie Jackson:
God's Got It
The 2003 CaseQuarter CD God's Got It: The Legendary Booker and Jackson Singles brought the Baton Rouge preacher/singer/guitarist Rev. Charlie Jackson's 1970s gospel recordings for the New Orleans Booker label and the minister's own Jackson label to the surface and garnered tremendous critical acclaim. Charlie Jackson's strong singing and bluesy guitar work evokes those black country churches of my own youth, where "prosperity gospel" and flashy evangelism had not taken hold. "God's Got It" features a crunchy guitar groove and fantastic call-and-response with the congregation in the coda, and "All Aboard" is a very touching gospel blues. This is the real, down-home, no-pretense gospel. This is "church" in the earnest sense of the word. It's great stuff.
I must note that CaseQuarter producer Kevin Nutt is the host of WFMU's "Sinner's Crossroads" (see link at right), which is appointment listening for me. If you haven't checked it out, you're missing out on an hour of great gospel music spanning from the 1920s through to the present day (although stylistically the newer stuff hearkens back to the '70s styles at the latest).