Thursday, March 10, 2016
“Get Right, Church” (the song)
It’s been quite some time since I featured a blues number on Robert Frost’s Banjo, but there’s a great one for you today: Mississippi Fred McDowell’s version of the old gospel tune, “Get Right, Church.” This one is the late career, electric guitar Mississippi Fred McDowell, with Tom Pomposello on bass, recorded live at the Gaslight in Chicago in 1971, though not released until 2000 on the Grapeshot Media label.
McDowell recorded “Get Right, Church” on other occasions, as well, notably as a duet with his wife Annie, who took the lead vocal on a 1965 recording made at their home in Como, Mississippi. [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vPk27dyudTY] The Como recording features McDowell’s acoustic playing.
Some powerful music indeed.
Image links to its source on Wiki Commons:
Postcard photo of the Illinois Central train "Panama Limited".
Date circa 1940s to 1950s. This train is diesel powered but the freight train next to it is a steam locomotive. The Panama Limited no longer ran as an Illinois Central train after the 1971 Amtrak takeover of passenger rail service.
This work is in the public domain because it was published in the United States between 1923 and 1977 and without a copyright notice.