Sacred Steel

Sacred Steel

     
 

Sacred Steel is one amazing collection. Subtitled "Traditional Sacred African-American Steel Guitar Music in Florida," this multi-artist chronicling of this seldom-heard genre is a musical and emotional delight. The electric lap steel guitar has been the instrument of choice in both the Jewel Dominion and Keith Dominions (bothSee more details below

Overview

Sacred Steel is one amazing collection. Subtitled "Traditional Sacred African-American Steel Guitar Music in Florida," this multi-artist chronicling of this seldom-heard genre is a musical and emotional delight. The electric lap steel guitar has been the instrument of choice in both the Jewel Dominion and Keith Dominions (both African-American Holiness-Pentecostal churches) since the late '30s, replacing the traditional church organist. This collection showcases the pioneering work of five of its best known and most influential sacred steel practitioners: Willie Eason, Sonny Treadway, Glenn Lee, Henry Nelson, and his son, Aubrey Ghent. Their individual approaches to this style range from crude blues-based slides and slurs (blues table steel master Hop Wilson is called to mind more than once here) to highly technical flourishes bordering on country pedal steel sounds, with all of it played with a sincerity and spirit indigenous to the music, which is nothing short of heartfelt and energetic. Split evenly between instrumentals and the instrument interfacing with the congregation and choir at live religious services, the music runs the gamut from still and beautiful (Sonny Treadway's instrumentals) to the wild and abandoned playing of Aubrey Ghent. This is 75 minutes of music that will appeal to blues and gospel and even retro-minded rock & roll fans willing to take the time to explore this fascinating genre.

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Product Details

Release Date:
01/21/1997
Label:
Arhoolie Records
UPC:
0096297045022
catalogNumber:
450
Rank:
241195

Tracks

  1. Don't Let the Devil Ride  - Sonny Treadway
  2. In the Garden  - Sonny Treadway
  3. At the Cross  - Sonny Treadway
  4. Call Him by His Name  - Glenn Lee
  5. Pass Me Not, O Gentle Saviour  - Glenn Lee
  6. Joyful Sounds  - Glenn Lee
  7. Just a Closer Walk with Thee  - Willie Eason
  8. Little Wooden Church on a Hill  - Willie Eason
  9. Franklin D. Roosevelt, a Poor Man's Friend  - Willie Eason
  10. This Is a Holy Church  - Sonny Treadway
  11. At the Cross  - Sonny Treadway
  12. Amazing Grace  - Sonny Treadway
  13. God Be With You  - Sonny Treadway
  14. Closing Prayer  - Sonny Treadway
  15. Praise the Lord Everybody  - Henry Nelson
  16. Amazing Grace  - Henry Nelson
  17. Praise Music  - Aubrey Ghent
  18. Father in Jesus' Name  - Aubrey Ghent
  19. House of God March  - Aubrey Ghent
  20. God Be with You  - Aubrey Ghent

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Album Credits

Performance Credits

Alvin Lee   Electric Bass,Electric Guitar
Terrence Elliot   Electric Bass
John Hampton   Electric Guitar
Sonny Treadway   Steel Guitar,Track Performer
Benjamin Beckford   Drums
Fayette Coney   Vocals
Ronnie Mozee   Electric Guitar
Aubrey Ghent   Steel Guitar,Track Performer
Timothy Williams   Drums
Lejena Manning   Drums
Glenn Lee   Pedal Steel Guitar,Track Performer
Willie Eason   Steel Guitar,Vocals,Track Performer
Carlos Fox   Keyboards
Francine Jones   Keyboards
Henry Nelson   Steel Guitar,Track Performer

Technical Credits

Paul Butterfield   Engineer
Meal Ticket   Composer
John Newton   Composer
Robert Stone   Producer,Engineer,Text
Chris Strachwitz   Executive Producer
Dix Bruce   Graphic Design,Layout Concept
Fayette Coney   Arranger
Hubert C. Depree   Liner Notes
Sherry S. Depree   Liner Notes
William Dudley   Engineer
Aubrey Ghent   Arranger
Traditional   Composer
Teresa Hollingsworth   Re-Release Coordinator
C. Austin Miles   Composer
Henry Nelson   Arranger
Fran King   Composer
Michael Stapleton   Engineer
Berry   Composer

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