Sunday, October 08, 2006

I Can Travel Now!

The Swanee Quintet - New Walk

Today's "Sunday Gospel Time" feature evokes memories of "TV Gospel Time." On the two tapes I have there are appearances by the Swanee Quintet, Nashboro Records' premiere hard gospel group. Although tenor Johnny Jones' intense singing and awesome falsetto gets the most airtime, the rough-hewn singing of Rev. Reuben Willingham is showcased on the group's performance of "New Walk," which is my favorite Swanees song. "New Walk" starts off with Willingham working out the bluesy call-and-response melody and Jones comes in to tear through the up-tempo finale.

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