Thunderbolt of the Middle West

Brother Joe May

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Thunderbolt of the Middle West Review

by Cub Koda

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 Stream
1 Brother Joe May feat: Sallie Martin Singers 03:05 Amazon
2
Brother Joe May 00:40 Amazon
3 Brother Joe May 03:01 Amazon
4 Brother Joe May 02:33 Amazon
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Brother Joe May 02:21 Amazon
6 Brother Joe May 02:38 Amazon
7 Brother Joe May 03:17 Amazon
8 Brother Joe May 02:41 Amazon
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Brother Joe May 02:24 Amazon
10 Brother Joe May 02:51 Amazon
11 Brother Joe May 02:55 Amazon
12 Brother Joe May feat: Wynona Carr 03:03 Amazon
13 Brother Joe May 02:49 Amazon
14 Brother Joe May feat: Wynona Carr 02:46 Amazon
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Brother Joe May feat: Sallie Martin Singers 03:01 Amazon
16 Brother Joe May 02:41 Amazon
17 Brother Joe May 02:35 Amazon
18 Brother Joe May 02:34 Amazon
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Brother Joe May feat: Sallie Martin Singers 02:11 Amazon
20 Brother Joe May 02:37 Amazon
21 Brother Joe May 03:05 Amazon
22 Brother Joe May 02:25 Amazon
23 Brother Joe May feat: Pilgrim Travelers 02:34 Amazon
24 Brother Joe May feat: Annette May 02:44 Amazon
25 Brother Joe May feat: Pilgrim Travelers 02:35 Amazon
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Brother Joe May feat: Annette May 03:27 Amazon
27 Brother Joe May feat: Pilgrim Travelers 02:28 Amazon
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