Charles May

Songs Our Father Used to Sing

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An impassioned tribute to gospel icon Brother Joe May (aka ""The Thunderbolt of the Middle West,"") delivered by his children Charles and Annette. Songs Our Father Used to Sing remains an unsung classic of spiritual soul. Cut for Stax Records' Gospel Truth subsidiary, the record features an exemplary supporting cast including drummer Paul Humphrey, bassist Wilton Felder, and guitarists Louie Shelton and Arthur Adams, along with vocal contributions from guests like Edna Wright. The end result is a funky yet reverent update of Brother Joe's most enduring favorites. In fact, only the subject matter separates Songs Our Father Used to Sing from countless other records bearing the Stax imprint -- the arrangements are thoroughly modern, the performances (especially Humphrey's monster drumming) are tighter than outgrown shoes, and the May siblings' deeply soulful lead turns burn with the same intensity and raw emotion that once galvanized secular acts like Otis Redding and Sam & Dave.