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GOD DON’T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON

GOD DON’T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON

   Various Artists/Anthologies (February 26, 2016)
≡•   GOD DON’T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON (CD)
≡•   A stunning collection of artists and performances celebrate the timeless music of legendary gospel bluesman Blind Willie Johnson. From Derek Trucks’ and Susan Tedeschi’s reverent reading of Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning to Lucinda Williams’ slide guitar–fueled lament in Nobody’s Fault But Mine, from Luther Dickinson’s spirited take on Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King (with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band) to Tom Waits’ virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on The Soul Of A Man and John The Revelator, this record is packed with incomparable recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.
≡•   He died in 1945 in Beaumont, Texas at the age of 48
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Album release: February 26, 2016
Record Label: Alligator Records
Duration:
Tracks:
01 The Soul Of A Man (by Tom Waits)     3:29  
02 It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine (by Lucinda Williams)     3:55  
03 Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (by Derek Trucks|Susan Tedeschi)     3:12  
04 Jesus Is Coming Soon (by Cowboy Junkies)     4:17  
05 Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time (by The Blind Boys Of Alabama)  4:42  
06 Trouble Will Soon Be Over (by Sinead O’Connor)     3:18  
07 Bye And Bye I’m Going to See The King (by Luther Dickinson feat. the Rising Star Fife and Drum Band)     3:54  
08 God Don’t Never Change (by Lucinda Williams)     4:24  
09 John The Revelator (by Tom Waits)     2:50  
10 Let Your Light Shine On Me (by Maria McKee)     3:59  
11 Dark Was The Night, Cold Was the Ground (by Rickie Lee Jones)     3:52
MORE INFORMATION
The Soul Of A Man performed by Tom Waits
Tom Waits: Vocals • Casey Waits: Drums • Kathleen Brennan: Background Vocals
Produced by Tom Waits/Kathleen Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler • Production Coordinator: Jodie Wilson
Traditional: Blind Willie Johnson/Arranged by Tom Waits. © 2014 Jalma Music, ASCAP Tom Waits, Under License to Burning Rose Productions, Ltd.
Samples: Smith Casey “Country Rag (East Texas Rag)” from the John and Ruby Lomax Collection, American Folklife Center, Library of Congress. Used courtesy of Odyssey Productions, Inc.
It’s Nobody’s Fault But Mine performed by Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams: Vocals and Guitar • Doug Pettibone: Guitar • David Sutton: Bass • Butch Norton: Drums
Produced by Tom Overby and Lucinda Williams • Mixed and Engineered by David Bianco • Recorded at Dave’s Room, North Hollywood, CA
Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning performed by Derek Trucks & Susan Tedeschi
Susan Tedeschi: Lead Vocal, Handclaps • Derek Trucks: Guitar, Handclaps • Mike Mattison: Vocal, Handclaps • Mark Rivers: Vocal, Handclaps
Recorded and Mixed at Swamp Raga by Bobby Tis
Jesus Is Coming Soon performed by Cowboy Junkies
Margo Timmins: Vocals • Michael Timmins: Guitars • Peter Timmins: Drums • Alan Anton: Bass
Produced, Recorded and Mixed by Michael Timmins at The Hangar, Toronto, ON
Includes a sample of Blind Willie Johnson “Jesus is Coming Soon.” Used courtesy of Document Records, Ltd.
Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time performed by Blind Boys Of Alabama
Jimmy Carter and Billy Bowers: Lead Vocals • Jason Isbell: Slide Guitar
Joey Williams: Guitar • Peter Levin: Keyboards • Jimbo Hart: Bass • Chad Gamble: Drums
Produced by Jason Isbell • Engineered and Mixed by Jimmy Nutt • Recorded at Fame Recording Studios, Muscle Shoals, AL
Trouble Will Soon Be Over performed by Sinead O’Connor
Sinéad O’Connor: Vocals • Kenneth Papenfus: Guitars, Backing Vocals • Carl Papenfus: Drums, Bass, Backing Vocals
Additional Backing Vocals by Joanne Papenfus and Nicola Papenfus
Engineered, Produced and Mixed by Papenfus/Papenfus
Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King performed by Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band
Luther Dickinson: Guitar, Vocal • Shardé Thomas: Vocal, Fife, Drums • Amy Lavere: Upright Bass, Vocals
Recorded at Zebra Ranch by Kevin Houston
God Don’t Never Change performed by Lucinda Williams
Lucinda Williams: Vocals and Guitar • Doug Pettibone: Guitar • David Sutton: Bass • Butch Norton: Drums
Produced by Tom Overby & Lucinda Williams • Mixed and Engineered by David Bianco • Recorded at Dave’s Room, North Hollywood, CA
John The Revelator performed by Tom Waits
Tom Waits: Vocals, Cigar Box Banjo • Casey Waits: Drums
Produced by Waits/Brennan • Engineered by Karl Derfler • Production Coordinator: Jodie Wilson
Traditional/Arranged by Tom Waits, Adapted by Son House. © 2015, Jalma Music, ASCAP, Sondick Music, BMI P Tom Waits, Under License to Burning Rose Productions, Ltd.
Let Your Light Shine On Me performed by Maria McKee
Maria McKee: Vocals, Guitar, Piano, Organ, Percussion
Recorded and Mixed by Jim Akin
Dark Was the Night–Cold Was the Ground performed by Rickie Lee Jones
Rickie Lee Jones: Vocals, Guitar, Tambourine • Lee Thornburg: Horns
Engineered, Produced and Mixed by Sheldon Gomberg • Recorded at The Carriage House, Los Angeles, CA
Musical arrangement by Rickie Lee Jones © 2014, used by permission.
Produced by Jeffrey Gaskill
Executive Producers: Jeffrey Gaskill, Burning Rose Productions, Ltd. and Mila Bagry
Associate Producer: Michael B Borofsky
Sequenced at Jiminy Peak, Hancock, MA
Mastered by Toby Mountain at Northeastern Digital, Southboro, MA
Cover illustration by Marc Burckhardt
Packaging design by Kevin Niemiec
Photos courtesy of Jeffrey Gaskill
Business and Legal Affairs: Michael C. Lesser, Esq.
Legal: Sawnie “Trip” Aldredge, Esq.
All songs Public Domain except as noted
VERY SPECIAL THANKS: Pam K. Kelly and Judge R. Steven Sharp of Marlin, Texas, USA
THANK YOU: Cary Baker, Michael Corcoran, Paul Gaskill, Ginny Gaskill, Chris Goldsmith, Dan Griffin, John Hanssen, Sarah Hanssen, Andy Kaulkin and Anti-, Ray Charles Lang, R.R. Macleod, Scott Marshall, Robert “Mack” McCormick, Regina McCrary, Brian O'Neal, Tom Overby, Jeff Rosen,  Sandrine Sheon, Todd Solomon and James Truesdale
ARTIST REPRESENTATION: Michael Andrews, Simon Napier–Bell, Kathleen Brennan, Blake Budney, Julianne Deery, Charles Driebe, Zach Hundley,  Ryan Kingsbury, Tom Overby, Mark Spector, Peter Wark, Björn de Water, Simon Watson, and Jodie Wilson
LINER NOTES
≡•   In 1977, NASA sent the Voyager 1 spacecraft on a one-way trip out of our galaxy and into the far recesses of outer space. The hope was that one day some other lifeform would come upon it and gain some insight into the essence of mankind. To that end, a gold record and player were included, featuring sounds and music to illuminate the human condition. Included on that record — along with a recording of a human heartbeat and music by Beethoven and Bach — was Blind Willie Johnson’s haunting and ethereal “Dark Was The Night — Cold Was The Ground,” a timeless representation of the humanity of Earth’s inhabitants.
≡•   Appropriately, a newly recorded version of “Dark Was The Night — Cold Was The Ground” (performed by Rickie Lee Jones) closes God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson. The eleven–track album features inspired interpretations of the iconic slide guitarist/vocalist’s most seminal material. Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, The Blind Boys Of Alabama (accompanied by Jason Isbell), Sinéad O’Connor, Luther Dickinson with The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band, Maria McKee, and Rickie Lee Jones all deliver deeply moving and highly personal reinventions of Johnson’s otherworldly “gospel blues” music.
Review
Marc Lipkin, Alligator Records
≡•   Blind Willie Johnson recorded a total of 30 tracks for Columbia between 1927 and 1930, creating a priceless legacy. He created unforgettable music by marrying the raw gospel fervor of his vocals with the steely blues fire of his guitar. His songs were mostly traditional or came from hymnals, but when Johnson performed them, his soul–shaking voice and amazing slide guitar transformed each one into something wholly original. Johnson was among the best–selling black gospel artists of the era, but the Great Depression ended his recording career.
≡•   Rock fans will no doubt recognize many of Johnson’s songs, which have been recorded over the years by artists ranging from Led Zeppelin to Eric Clapton to Bob Dylan. Johnson’s recording of “John The Revelator” was included in The Anthology Of American Folk Music, archivist Harry Smith’s six–LP collection released in 1952, that set the folk music revival of the 1950s and 1960s into motion.
≡•   According to Luther Dickinson, “Blind Willie Johnson touches everybody. His music is so of the earth that it still sounds completely modern. It’s timeless and like nothing else ever recorded. If we could hip anybody to Blind Willie Johnson, their lives would be enriched for sure.”
≡•   Derek Trucks wholeheartedly agrees, saying, “I never heard a slide player, even to this day, play with that much emotion. I’ve only heard a few things that have hit me quite that strongly. There’s something so honest about his recordings. He’s one of the few handful of musicians whose music really feels sacred to me. Johnson’s songs, lyrics and the ability to pair the slide with the voice were amazing. It feels like it came out of a different world.”
≡•   Produced by Jeffrey Gaskill (producer of the twice Grammy–nominated compilation, Gotta Serve Somebody: The Gospel Songs of Bob Dylan), God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson highlights the music of one of the most charismatic and influential slide guitarists and vocalists who ever walked the Earth. As Gaskill states, “Blind Willie Johnson’s music is imperishable. His music speaks to us as it laments the human condition; it speaks to us as it praises the steadfastness of an unchanging God. It travels through time with the same bold call of repentance that was once delivered to listeners on Texas street corners. Ultimately, it is the message that endures.” God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson is, according to Gaskill, “my life’s work.” The project was years in the making, and Gaskill is thrilled that it’s finally ready to be released. “You gotta serve somebody,” he says, referencing his earlier compilation, “and I got the songs of Blind Willie Johnson.”
≡•   Johnson’s life has been shrouded in mystery, but scholars, most notably the album’s liner notes author, Michael Corcoran, have unearthed a few details. Born in Pendleton, Texas in 1897, Johnson grew up around Marlin, Texas. A legendary story has his stepmother, in a fit of rage, throwing lye in his face when he was a child, blinding him for life. From his teenage years, he traveled the region as a street singer, moving between Dallas, Galveston, Houston, Corpus Christi, San Antonio (even travelling as far as New York City) and finally settling in Beaumont, where he thundered out his street corner evangelism, spreading his sacred message through his transfixing music. He died in 1945 in Beaumont, Texas at the age of 48.
≡•   On God Don’t Never Change: The Songs Of Blind Willie Johnson, each artist sounds as if he or she was born to preach Johnson’s gospel. The collective work is much more than a simple ‘tribute’ album. These eleven performances are a powerful and cohesive affirmation of faith as deep as the soul of a man, with an eternal message that is as boundless as the dark, cold night at the farthest edge of the universe.
Label: http://www.alligator.com/
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