Train Don't Leave Me: The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention

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All Music Guide - John Vallier
Most church services don't feature the wailing sounds of lap steel guitars. The electrified instrument's unctuous and weighty sound, which can be similar to that of a theremin, is more often associated with Hawaiian slack key recordings and blues bar bands than with sermons or homilies. However, among a handful of African-American Pentecostal churches in Florida, the instrument does play a powerful role in worship services. First introduced by brothers Willie Eason and Troman Eason in the 1930s, the art of playing lap steel and pedal steel guitars in a sacred context has since blossomed into a vibrant tradition. On The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention, sixth in the ...
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All Music Guide - John Vallier
Most church services don't feature the wailing sounds of lap steel guitars. The electrified instrument's unctuous and weighty sound, which can be similar to that of a theremin, is more often associated with Hawaiian slack key recordings and blues bar bands than with sermons or homilies. However, among a handful of African-American Pentecostal churches in Florida, the instrument does play a powerful role in worship services. First introduced by brothers Willie Eason and Troman Eason in the 1930s, the art of playing lap steel and pedal steel guitars in a sacred context has since blossomed into a vibrant tradition. On The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention, sixth in the Sacred Steel series from Arhoolie, you can hear a bevy of these pedal and lap steel believers -- both young and old -- showcasing their talents. "Something's Got a Hold of Me," a shuffling blues tune stitched with the slippery and wah-wah affected sounds of Dante Harmon's pedal steel, opens the CD's 14 tracks. From Harmon's tune to the frenetic double-time "What's His Name?...Jesus!," the many steel players, backup bands, and singers presented here give impassioned recitals. As the primary goal of these musicians is to infuse their congregations with spirit, heavy religious sentiments are part of the package and go hand in hand with the incendiary steel performances. But even if you are not a devout churchgoer, don't worry. The First Annual Sacred Steel Convention is an interesting CD that should please secular blues fans, steel guitar buffs, and curious music seekers as well.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 4/24/2001
  • Label: Arhoolie Records
  • UPC: 096297048924
  • Catalog Number: 489

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Something's Got a Hold of Me - Dante Harmon (3:50)
  2. 2 God Is a Good God - Bryan Josh Taylor (3:37)
  3. 3 Precious Lord Take My Hand - Bryan "Josh" Taylor (3:10)
  4. 4 Have You Tried Jesus? - Grace Cooke (7:07)
  5. 5 Since I Laid My Burden Down (3:54)
  6. 6 Train Don't Leave Me (12:11)
  7. 7 I Feel Like Praising Him - Glenn Lee & Roosevelt Collier (3:55)
  8. 8 Will the Circle Be Unbroken - Lonnie "Big Ben" Bennett (4:02)
  9. 9 See What the End Gonna Be - Lonnie "Big Ben" Bennett (3:55)
  10. 10 I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Maurice "Ted" Beard Jr. (4:29)
  11. 11 All God's Children - Elton Noble (8:58)
  12. 12 I Feel Like Pressing My Way - Robert Randolph (3:52)
  13. 13 Just a Closer Walk With Thee (4:31)
  14. 14 What's His Name? ... Jesus! - Darick Campbell (8:54)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Alvin Lee Guitar
Freddie Dixon Vocals
Ken Ellis Guitar
Jerry Taylor Vocals
Chuck Campbell Pedal Steel Guitar
The Campbell Brothers Track Performer
Aubrey Ghent Vocals, Lap Steel Guitar
Glenn Lee Track Performer
Rico Beard Bass, Guitar
Carlton Campbell Drums
Phillip Campbell Guitar
Calvin Cooke Pedal Steel Guitar, Vocals
Katie Jackson Vocals
Harvey Shaw Guitar
Ivan Shaw Drums
Darick Campbell Vocals
Robert Randolph Pedal Steel Guitar
Lonnie "Big Ben" Bennett Pedal Steel Guitar
Jay Caver Guitar
Grace Cooke Vocals
Dante Harmon Pedal Steel Guitar
Elton Noble Lap Steel Guitar
Marcus Randolph Drums
Bryan "Josh" Taylor Lap Steel Guitar
Keith Lee Vocals
Jesse Greene Guitar
Alvin Cordy Jr. Bass
Technical Credits
Chris Strachwitz Executive Producer
Ray Valla Engineer
Calvin Cooke Cover Photo
Robert L. Stone Producer
Darick Campbell Cover Photo
Traditional Composer
Robert Randolph Arranger
Buddy Ray Engineer
Ray Valla Engineer
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