Gospel singer James Blackwood and western swing legends The Light Crust Doughboys are two bearers of tradition. The former has been singing country gospel songs with the Blackwood Brothers since the 1930s. The latter are a premier Texas band specializing in western swing (a form of music popular in the southwestern USA from the 1930s through the early '50s--a "fusion" of country & western, swing jazz, blues and Tex-Mex music). This is an album, then, of traditional sacred music, with the irrepressible swing and spunk of the Doughboys adding some secular spice.
The gypsy-flavored fiddle that opens "Wayfaring Stranger," the gentle stomp of "This World is Not My Home" and the lilting waltz of "Beautiful Texas" all prove that a person can swing, sway and pray at the same time. Blackwood's voice is showing signs of raggedness, but his tone is still big and wide as the Lone Star State. Gospel fans who like to tap their feet and hear snappy, swing-flavored instrumental stylings will find themselves in an extremely happy state with KEEP LOOKIN' UP.