Marie Knight review…March 12, 2018….

MARIE KNIGHT

THE GOSPEL TRUTH LIVE!

M. C. RECORDS  MC-0084

INTRODUCTION–I BELONG TO THE BAND–BEAMS OF HEAVEN–THE ARK SPEECH–DIDN’T IT RAIN–GETTING READY SPEECH–12 GATES TO THE CITY–SING BETWEEN TEARS SPEECH–UP ABOVE MY HEAD–JESUS LOVES ME–SET A WINGS SPEECH–I’LL FLY AWAY–I AM LIGHT OF THIS WORLD–HOW I LOVE JESUS–WAKING UP EARLY SPEECH–LORD I FEEL LIKE GOING ON–BEING CLEAN SPEECH–LET US GET TOGETHER–CLOSER WALK WITH THEE–FOR THINE IS THE KINGDOM

One of the most powerful voices in the field of traditional gospel belonged to Marie Knight (1920-2009).  A contemporary and touring/recording partner of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Marie continued to record virtually right up to her passing,   Mark Carpentieri of M. C. Records has documented one of her shows from October 19, 2007, at the Church Street Center in North Adams, MA, as a part of the Margaret A. Hart ’35 Gospel Fest, and will release the concert as “The Gospel Truth Live” on March 23, 2018.  Drawing predominantly from the canons of Sister Rosetta and the Rev, Gary Davis, Marie literally takes us all to church during this program.  Brother Dave Keyes on piano and backing vocals is her sole accompaniment, adding the perfect complement to her amazing voice.

Marie begins with one of Rev. Davis’ more light-hearted tunes, “I Belong To The Band.  Her between-song banter is priceless,   It includes her thoughts on the relative brevity of life, good times and hard times, and her days as a pastor of the Gates Of Prayer Church in Harlem in the early 1990’s.

Outstanding cuts abound  from this iconic vocalist, and they include a version of a song she wrote with Sister Rosetta, “Didn’t It Rain.”  Other notable hymns are “Jesus Loves Me,” “Up Above My Head,” and Rev. Davis’ “12 Gates To The City,” perhaps a Biblical reference to the Twelve Tribes Of Israel from the Old Testament.

We had three favorites, too.  Marie recounts the story of receiving word during a performance of the deaths of her mother and two children in a fire, and she “Sang Between Tears.”  The ability to carry on and cope thru these troubled times is spelled out in “Lord, I Feel Like Going On.”  And, toward the end of the program, Dave Keyes accompanies himself on piano for a heartfelt read of “Just A Closer Walk With Thee.”

Marie Knight was a timeless, wonderful voice in traditional gospel.  For those of us weary Pilgrims who are tired of the daily barrage of bad news and senseless killings, we urge you to lay your burdens at the Cross and drink deeply and freely of the Living Water presented by Marie Knight and Brother Dave Keyes in “The Gospel Truth–Live!”  Until next time…Sheryl and Don Crow, The Nashville Blues Society.

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One response to this post.

  1. Thanks Don for the great and thoughtful review!!!!

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