The Sons Of The Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio | Album Review

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers – Live! Rancho Nicasio

Little Village Foundation

11 songs time-52:00

The Sons Of The Soul Revivers carry on the tradition of the gospel quartet The Soul Revivers led by their father Walter Morgan Sr. and his brothers. The San Francisco based band fronted by the Morgan brothers performs soul stirring traditional and original gospel music. Their guitars, bass and drums are augmented by the organ of co-producer Jim Pugh of Robert Cray’s band. Jim also created Little Village Foundation to present roots music that would otherwise be overlooked by commercial record companies. Their live vocal sound is powerful and moving and features tight harmonies.

“Come Over Here” is a rousing slice of gospel goodness featuring some breezy guitar playing. A slower pace is taken on the original “Satisfied”. “It’s A Needed Time” harkens back to the sound of a gospel revival tent. Dwayne Morgan uses his falsetto voice on “Pilgrim And A Stranger” to great effect. “Joy” really takes the listener to church with its’ exuberant vocal praising. The brothers get preachy on “Give Him His Due”. That’s meant in a good way. The guitars sound all happy on the upbeat “Shook”. Real deal traditional gospel music is represented by “The Man In The Middle”. Old school gospel is also delivered in “I’m A New Creature”.

In these turbulent times in the world we can all surely use some religious spirit and The Sons Of The Soul Revivers deliver in fine style. The vibrant rhythm section and guitarists Walter Morgan Jr. and Thomas Smith deliver the goods. Jim Pugh’s organ provides the churchy vibe. The production by Jim Pugh and Christoffer “Kid” Andersen capture the bands’ sound with crystal clarity. Give a listen to music you might otherwise be exposed to and give your soul some spiritual nourishment.

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