NEW MUSIC: Bishop Manning and the Manning Family

Download: “I Wanna Thank You Jesus”—Bishop Manning and the Manning Family (mp3)

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Here’s some proper Sunday morning message music from North Carolina’s Bishop Manning and The Manning Family, sourced off the recently released “Converted Mind – The Early Recordings,” a fantastic new collection of their recordings. “Converted Mind” features 28 cuts, recorded mostly from the 1970s, with extensive liner notes by Alan Young, vintage photos and 7-inch label shots. Highly recommended for believers and non-believers alike. Available on CD for $13 direct from the Fat Possum Records affiliate, Big Legal Mess Records of Oxford, Mississippi.

Small-press Southern piano gospel blues: "Somebody's Gone" by Bro. Theotis Taylor


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Download: “Somebody’s Gone” — Bro. Theotis Taylor (mp3)

A 1976 Pitch Records 45 side by Bro. Theotis Taylor coming to us via The Pitch/Gusman Story, a 3xcd, 71-track set available for $19.99 (!) direct from the good people at Big Legal Mess Records of Oxford, Mississisppi.

A note regarding the song’s producer from the compiler at after the jump…

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Vintage small press gospel soul from FAMOUS L. RENFROE (1968?)


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Download: “Believe” – Famous L. Renfroe (1968?) (mp3)

Children is an album of electric gospel spirituals by a Memphis, Tennessee gentleman named Famous L. Renfroe performing as “The Flying Sweet Angel of Joy.” Famous wrote and produced all the album’s songs, played all the instruments except for the drums, and then released the album on his own sometime around 1968, without a label name. Long out of print, Children is available again on vinyl, the Lord’s preferred format for recorded music, thanks to the efforts of Oxford, Mississippi’s Big Legal Mess Records.

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