Archive for October, 2009

Fire in My Bones : Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007

Friday, October 2nd, 2009

Almost 4 hours of music on 3 discs – super-compelling, undiluted, stripped-down gospel!

Portland & Seattle Record Release events :

Sunday January 17, 8PM – Late
VALENTINE’S: 232 SW Ankeny St Portland, OR 97253 (503) 248-1613
All star all gospel DJ session — Mike McGonigal DJ’s alongside
Portland’s very finest: DJ Hwy 7, DJ Worms, DJ Beyonda Doubt.
Admission: Free

Friday Jan 22, 6 – 8PM
FRYE ART MUSEUM: 704 Terry Avenue Seattle, Washington 98104 (206) 622-9250
Mike McGonigal DJ’ing hip-hop + gospel to accompany the Opening
Reception for “Tim Rollins and K.O.S.: A History”
Admission: for members/ by invite only

Saturday Jan. 23, 1 – 6PM
WALL OF SOUND RECORDS: 315 East Pine Street Seattle, WA 98122-2028
(206) 441-9880 /
‘Fire In My Bones’ CD Party — Celebrating the release of the 4 hour
compilation with five hours straight of rare + raw gospel DJ’ed by
Mike McG.

The majority of this music has never been reissued on CD, or in any other form (most tracks were originally released on regional independent labels). Most post-WWII compilations of African-American gospel music naturally concentrate on the astounding quartet and solo vocalist sounds made during the music’s Golden Age. Fire In My Bones attempts to address and collect more neglected sounds from that era (and on to the present day). Dozens of traditions are represented. Some go back hundreds of years while others seem to have been arrived at as soon as the tape began to roll. Field recordings and studio tracks are all mashed together, with solo performances next to congregational recordings, hellfire sermons next to afterlife laments. Leon Pinson, Elder & Sister Brinson & the Brinson Brothers, Grant & Ella, Straight Street Holiness Group, Theotis Taylor, Brother & Sister W B Grate — these artists will now be just a little less obscure.

Fire In My Bones provides a small peek at the incredible diversity and power of post-war black gospel. Much of this music is raw, distorted and might sound a bit strange. But it is not presented as a novelty freak show or as “outsider music.” 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. It is clearly among the most vibrant, playful, beautiful and emotionally charged music in the world.

Produced by Mike McGonigal. Package by Susan Archie. Available everywhere Oct. 27th.