Testify

Testify

by The Lee Boys
     
 
The Lee Boys come from Miami, where they grew up in the Pentecostal House of God church that gave birth to the sacred steel tradition. Pedal steel guitar takes center stage in this family band's arrangements, but the style of playing owes very little to country steel or even Hawaiian slide guitar, the traditions that gave birth to the steel

Overview

The Lee Boys come from Miami, where they grew up in the Pentecostal House of God church that gave birth to the sacred steel tradition. Pedal steel guitar takes center stage in this family band's arrangements, but the style of playing owes very little to country steel or even Hawaiian slide guitar, the traditions that gave birth to the steel guitar. When combined with the fierce lead vocals of Derrick and Keith Lee, and the sanctified backing voices of guitarist Alvin Lee and bass player Alvin Cordy, Jr., you have music that'll have even non-believers hollering "Amen!" Testify opens on a deceptively sedate note with "Smile," a celebration of staying positive in the face of trouble. It suggests the early songs of Stevie Wonder; Roosevelt Collier's steel purrs like a kitten, but you can sense the lion lurking just under the surface. The group takes off on "Going to Glory" and doesn't let up for the next six tracks, with blistering steel and the rhythm section of Cordy's bass and Earl Walker's drum driving the band's powerful vocals. On the traditional "I'm Not Tired," a variation of "Motherless Children," they bring in some New Orleans funk; "Always by My Side" and the title track are straightforward R&B-fueled funk. Collier's steel is powerful throughout, growling like a wrathful avenging spirit and soaring like a soul set free from the confines of this sinful earthly existence. The album closes with four meditative tunes: "Wade in the Water" is a slow-burning number that plays guest Gia Wyre's lead vocal off Alvin Lee's stinging lead guitar; "Praise You" suggests the funk of Earth, Wind and Fire; "Feel the Music" rides a quiet R&B groove and gives Collier a chance to lay out before things wrap up with "We Need to Hear from You," an Andraé Crouch tune taken at a slow, soulful pace.

Product Details

Release Date:
10/23/2012
Label:
Evil Teen Records
UPC:
0651751121126
catalogNumber:
1211
Rank:
292799

Tracks

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Lee Boys   Primary Artist
Alvin Lee   Electric Guitar,Background Vocals,Group Member
Warren Haynes   Guitar,Vocals,Guest Appearance
Brian Graber   Trumpet
Jimmy Herring   Guitar,Guest Appearance
Derrick Lee   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Mark Mullins   Trombone
Barney Floyd   Trumpet
Jason Mingledorff   Tenor Saxophone
Gia Wyre   Vocals,Background Vocals,Guest Appearance
Keith Lee   Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Matt Grondin   Acoustic Guitar,Electric Guitar,Keyboards,Background Vocals,Soloist
Emanuel Roosevelt Collier   Pedal Steel Guitar,Group Member
Alvin Cordy   Bass Guitar,Vocals,Background Vocals,Group Member
Nate Werth   Percussion
Matt Slocum   Organ,Piano,Keyboards
Earl Walker   Drums,Group Member

Technical Credits

Alvin Lee   Arranger,Composer,Executive Producer
Derrick Lee   Composer,Vocal Group
Mark Mullins   Horn Arrangements
Glenn Lee   Composer
Gia Wyre   Vocal Group
Traditional   Composer
Keith Lee   Composer,Vocal Group
Lee Boys   Arranger
Matt Grondin   Arranger,Composer,Producer,Engineer
Emanuel Roosevelt Collier   Arranger
Jonathan Walker   Vocal Group
Alvin Cordy   Arranger,Composer
Andre Crouch   Composer
LaTonya Bethune   Vocal Group
Glenesa Lee   Vocal Group
Earl Walker   Arranger
Aaron Marable   Art Direction

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