The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama – Singing Songs Of Praise

The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama – Singing Songs Of Praise

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[CASE103] - CD in classic jewelcase w/ 8-panel insert featuring extensive liner notes by CQ producer Kevin Nutt and additional photographs.

Robert Marion: vocals
Willie J. Smith: vocals
Sam Relf: vocals
Rufus Jordan: vocals
Jimmy Anthony: vocals
Curtis Harris: guitar

The Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama are one of the very last still active gospel quartets with origins in Gospel's Golden Age of the 1950s. Weaving together influences from the blues and country & western, the Spiritualaires over the years have remained faithful to their ever-distinct yet traditional sound. Drawn from recent studio recordings and live radio broadcasts, Singing Songs of Praise reveals them as both a fine harmony quartet and a unique guitar-driven ensemble. What a treat it is to have – after almost six decades together – the debut recording of the Spiritualaires of Hurtsboro, Alabama!

"Free from artifice or avarice, their music works like spirit-cleansing sacrament, the ingestion of which induces instant feelings of brotherly love. This music has that sort of spontaneously rejuvenating effect and whether the words reach you on a devotional level or a visceral one, it's intoxicating stuff. The prolonged gestation periods for CaseQuarter projects may test the faithful's patience, but darn if this disc doesn't make it three for three on their scripture-conscious scorecard. –Derek Taylor, Dusted

"The harmonies are magical, and the guitar playing is perfect. This is the best hangover music of the 21st century so far, by far."
–Leopold Froehlich, Playboy

"I think we’ve all spent some time in our own private Hurtsboro? Even as a charismatic agnostic, this gets an “Amen” from me. If you are in pain, something about a profound bass vocal gives you a rock to build from, fill that out with some sweet harmonies but don’t rush things. Let the notes and the pain linger, just a bit. Add in slow clap, it helps with the weariness. Not too fast, now. Guitarist Curtis Harris testifies in tight spots here as well, delivering his own slow-mo Mali style fretting. Radio fans do not miss tracks #3 and #8, clips from the Spiritualaires Radio Program! “If that car run good and look bad…bring it on in…he’ll make it look good.” KFJC should do all our underwriting in Spiritualaires style. While I may reserve judgement regarding the big If in the sky, I’m fine worshipping the pride and joy of Hurtsboro." –Thurston Hunger, KFJC Radio  

1. I'm Going To Tell On You - 04:05
2. Packing Up Our Clothes - 03:54
3. Spiritualaires Radio Program Introduction - 01:01
4. I've Got Somewhere To Lay My Head - 04:18
5. Come Over Here - 03:31
6. When The Gates Swing Open - 04:27
7. The Lord's Prayer - 03:27
8. Spiritualaires Radio Program Announcements - 01:29
9. Trouble - 03:57
10. I'm On My Way To Heaven Anyhow - 06:13
11. Some Folk Say - 03:28
12. I've Done What You Told Me To Do - 02:45

Recorded by Richard Young at LeElAn Studios,
Montgomery, Alabama on April 22, 2005

Tracks 3, 5, 8, 12 recorded by Steve Grauberger at WBIL 580 AM,
Tuskegee, Alabama in February 2004

Mastered at Whitman Street Sound

Produced by Kevin Nutt for CaseQuarter