Brother Joe May

Thunderbolt of the Middle West

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Brother Joe May was the male counterpart to Mahalia Jackson, a full-voiced tenor of amazing range and power. Although he recorded prolifically for the Nashboro label for the bulk of his career, this 27-track collection brings together his earliest recordings for the Specialty label. Although many of these tracks feature him working with the Sallie Martin Singers, Sister Wynona Carr, the Pilgrim Travelers, and his daughter Annette May, the real star of the show is Brother Joe, whose voice simply soars no matter what the surroundings.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time
1 3:05
2
0:40
3 3:01
4 2:33
5
2:21
6 2:38
7 3:17
8 2:41
9
2:24
10 2:51
11 2:55
12
feat: Wynona Carr
3:03
13 2:49
14
feat: Wynona Carr
2:46
15
3:01
16 2:41
17 2:35
18 2:34
19
2:11
20 2:37
21 3:05
22 2:25
23 2:34
24
feat: Annette May
2:44
25 2:35
26
feat: Annette May
3:27
27 2:28
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