So, what is My Kind Of Gospel?

An exploration of uptempo gospel music : 1945-1965

Friday, August 24, 2012

The Wright Family from Tennessee....


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It has been a while since I last posted selections from a country gospel LP, so how about some great music by the Wright Family. This record is from 1971-72 and may be their second LP. Their first, titled 'Down On The Banks Of Jordan', was recorded in 1970. The members of the group include Dow Wright, seen holding the guitar and to his left, his wife Nadine Wright. Their daughter, Marcia Wright, is seen back left and the bass singer, Lonzo McKamey, is back right. The guitar work on the record was done by Gerald Smith, a session musican. This was apparently set up by the recording studio and he was not a part of the groups regular performance lineup. The Wright Family recorded several records over the years. It is the daughter, Ms. Marcia Wright, that you hear doing the majority of the lead singing. She was between 14 and 16 years old at the time of the recording. 

 Mr. and Mrs. Wright are currently residing in Tennessee and while no longer performing, take great pride in their daughter who continues to sing, mostly in local churches. Sadly, Mr. McKamey passed away several years ago.

I find the performances honest and very compelling. Pure singing without a hint of superficial gloss or dramatics. What happened to performances like this.....with heart and soul and nary a hint of pretense? Where has this music gone?

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