Diamond Jubilation: 75th Anniversary

Diamond Jubilation: 75th Anniversary

by The Dixie Hummingbirds


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Diamond Jubilation: 75th Anniversary

Every bit as legendary and long-lived as their gospel brethren the Blind Boys of Alabama, the Dixie Hummingbirds of South Carolina celebrate their 75th anniversary with this remarkable set. Led by Ira Tucker Sr., who has been with the group since 1938, the 'birds follow the Blind Boys into the secular realm of blues, zydeco, and Americana, plying gospel standards and notable originals with a crack backing band. For gospel fans, the story is the incredible resilience of this group and their message: Tucker and his men make sweet, six-part harmony of their rough-hewn vocals, whether it's on traditionals such as "Rasslin' Jacob," gospel blues such as "Nobody's Fault," or a stirring unreleased song by Bob Dylan, "City of Gold" (a track that appeared on Dylan's Masked and Anonymous soundtrack). With music this soulful, the Hummingbirds' backing band is a lagniappe -- but what a bonus: two members of the Band (Levon Helm and Garth Hudson) joined by Dylan band alumni George Recile and Tony Garnier, plus a special appearance by Dr. John. An Americana dream band if there ever was one, the musicians respectfully keep the spotlight on the voices. The joy in this labor of love rings out from every track, making for an inspiring celebration that's impossible not to like.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/07/2003
Label: Rounder / Umgd
UPC: 0011661218123
catalogNumber: 612181

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Dixie Hummingbirds   Primary Artist
Dr. John   Piano
Larry Campbell   Acoustic Guitar,Mandolin,Pedal Steel Guitar,Violin,Electric Guitar,Guitar (Resonator),Guitar (Baritone)
James "D-Train" Williams   Vocals
Tony Garnier   Bass,Standup Bass
Levon Helm   Drums
Garth Hudson   Accordion,Hammond Organ
George Recile   Percussion
Ira Tucker   Vocals
Lyndon Baines Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
William Bright   Vocals
Enoch Webster   Vocals
Frank Frierson   Vocals

Technical Credits

Dorothy Love Coates   Composer
Bob Dylan   Composer
Julie Miller   Composer
Larry Campbell   Arranger,Producer
Don Davis   Composer
Randy Friel   Engineer
Isaac Hayes   Liner Notes
Buddy Miller   Composer
Ira Tucker   Arranger
Steven Tyler   Composer
Brad Whitford   Composer
Jerry Klause   Executive Producer
Traditional   Composer

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