Raw and rare gospel: An EW exclusive from the Mississippi Nightingales
October 27 marks the release of Fire in My Bones, a three-disc box containing nearly four hours of rare post-WWII gospel music, much of it previously unreleased — with proceeds going in part to benefit the New Orleans Musicians Relief Fund.
The set aims, according to its release, “to address and collect more neglected sounds from that era (and on to the present day) … Field recordings and studio tracks are all mashed together, with solo performances next to congregational recordings, hellfire sermons next to afterlife laments. This is gospel, which we must always remember translates as ‘the good news’ — as it has been sung and performed in tiny churches and large programs, from rural Georgia to urban Los Angeles.”
Listen to the Mississippi Nightingales‘ “Don’t Let Me Ride,” below:
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