Download: “Storm Thru Mississippi” – Henry Green (1951) (mp3)
Here is the second of three songs we’re presenting this week from the forthcoming, eagerly awaited Fire In My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007, a stunning 80-song, triple-CD set compiled by Mike McGonigal of Yeti Magazine fame. Most of the songs on Fire are sourced from independent regional labels, and almost none have ever been widely available. These are some genuine lost treasures of American devotional music, folks. Mike has done some serious collecting, culling, and sequencing on this set, and we’re all the lucky beneficiaries.
Henry Green’s “Storm Thru Mississippi” is from the set’s opening disk, “The Wicked Shall Cease from Troubling.” From the liner notes: “[‘Storm’] was issued as a single on realtor Steve Chandler’s Chicago-based Chance label. The song, subtitled ‘Storm Thru Tupelo,’ might be about the devastating 1930s flood described in John Lee Hooker’s ‘Tupelo.’ Regardless, it’s one of many gospel songs which make an Old Testament styled interpretation of contemporary ‘extreme weather’ events.”
Fire In My Bones: Raw, Rare & Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 is being released on October 27, 2009 by the good people of Tompkins Square Records of New York City. You can pre-order now from Amazon.
“How Long” by Sister Ola Mae Terrell (1948)
“Don’t Let Him Ride” by the Mississippi Nightingales (1971)