Since her days with the Caravans, Dorothy Norwood has carved out a legendary solo career that dates back to the '60s, and which even found her opening for the Rolling Stones in 1972. Norwood's millennial release is a testament to her mastery of the song sermon. Joined by the Miami Mass Choir, Norwood turns OLE RICKETY BRIDGE into an exuberant roof-raising spectacle.
Opening with the slow rolling "There's Got to Be Rain in Your Life," the energy level quickly picks up with numbers like the uplifting brassiness of "Worthy to Be Praised" and the upbeat cheeriness of "It's Your Time." Elsewhere, Norwood is aided by the stentorian singing and preaching style of Bruce Parham on the goosebump-inducing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and secular soul legend Betty Wright on the quiet storm-flavored title track. Throughout, Dorothy Norwood's unfettered conviction and gifted singing make OLE RICKETY BRIDGE the perfect marriage of spirituality and musical rejoicing.