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Train Don't Leave Me: The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention

  • 1. Something's Got a Hold of Me - Dante Harmon
    2. God Is a Good God - Bryan "Josh" Taylor/Jerry Taylor/Bryan Josh Taylor
    3. Precious Lord Take My Hand - Bryan "Josh" Taylor
    4. Have You Tried Jesus? - Grace Cooke/Calvin Cooke
    5. Since I Laid My Burden Down - Calvin Cooke
    6. Train Don't Leave Me - Aubrey Ghent
    7. I Feel Like Praising Him - Glenn Lee/Keith Lee/Glenn Lee & Roosevelt Collier
    8. Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Lonnie "Big Ben" Bennett
    9. See What the End Gonna Be - Lonnie "Big Ben" Bennett
    10. I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Freddie Dixon/Maurice "Ted" Beard, Jr.
    11. All God's Children - Elton Noble/Jerry Taylor
    12. I Feel Like Pressing My Way - Robert Randolph
    13. Just a Closer Walk With Thee - Aubrey Ghent
    14. What's His Name? ... Jesus! - Darick Campbell/Chuck Campbell/Katie Jackson/The Campbell Brothers
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 489

  • Credits
    ProducerRobert L. Stone; Robert L. Stone (Compilation)
    EngineerBuddy Ray; Ray Valla; Ray Valla

    Recorded live in Winter Park, Florida in March & April 2000.
    This is part of the Sacred Stell series.
    Personnel: Aubrey Ghent (vocals, lap steel guitar); Darick Campbell, Freddie Dixon, Grace Cooke, Jerry Taylor, Katie Jackson, Calvin Cooke, Keith Lee (vocals); Harvey Shaw, Phillip Campbell, Jesse Greene, Rico Beard, Jay Caver, Ken Ellis, Alvin Lee (guitar); Elton Noble, Bryan "Josh" Taylor (lap steel guitar); Ivan Shaw, Marcus Randolph, Carlton Campbell (drums).
    Audio Mixers: Robert L. Stone; Buddy Ray .
    Recording information: Mirror Image Studios, Gainesville, FL (03/31/2000-04/??/2000).
    Photographers: Ivan Shaw; Jay Caver.
    Arranger: Robert Randolph .
    Most church services don't feature the wailing sounds of lap steel guitars. The electrified instrument's unctuous and weighty sound, which can be similar to that of a theremin, is more often associated with Hawaiian slack key recordings and blues bar bands than with sermons or homilies. However, among a handful of African-American Pentecostal churches in Florida, the instrument does play a powerful role in worship services. First introduced by brothers Willie Eason and Troman Eason in the 1930s, the art of playing lap steel and pedal steel guitars in a sacred context has since blossomed into a vibrant tradition. On The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention, sixth in the Sacred Steel series from Arhoolie, you can hear a bevy of these pedal and lap steel believers -- both young and old -- showcasing their talents. "Something's Got a Hold of Me," a shuffling blues tune stitched with the slippery and wah-wah affected sounds of Dante Harmon's pedal steel, opens the CD's 14 tracks. From Harmon's tune to the frenetic double-time "What's His Name?...Jesus!," the many steel players, backup bands, and singers presented here give impassioned recitals. As the primary goal of these musicians is to infuse their congregations with spirit, heavy religious sentiments are part of the package and go hand in hand with the incendiary steel performances. But even if you are not a devout churchgoer, don't worry. The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention is an interesting CD that should please secular blues fans, steel guitar buffs, and curious music seekers as well. ~ John Vallier

  • Critic Reviews
    No Depression (5-6/01, p.137) - "...A must-have for anyone who cares about steel guitar..."
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