Charlie Parr & The Black Twig Pickers – Glory In The Meeting House

This album may have escaped the radar somewhat given that both Charlie and The Black Twig Pickers had their own releases out just recently in support of their recent tours but they recorded this back in May and I only came across it because word got to me it was being sold when they toured the UK together for a few shows recently. Thankfully it’s not a ‘only available at live shows’ album and is online both at cd baby and Klang. There is also a limited edition 7″ vinyl you can pick up here too.

An album of rare old gospel covers (apart from Charlie’s Where You Gonna Be (When the Good Lord Calls You Home)? it’s a masterpiece in what’s all good about country/gospel/blues. Charlie has been making waves in the UK for a few years now for his Album of the Year, he plays end of the road festival every year and is name on most people’s lips come the end, those who knew him before and those that didn’t. This is a perfect match with TBTP being the ideal band for Charlie to play alongside , mixed with a few haunting instrumentals I think the album really comes to life when Charlie’s vocal scream to the heavens especially on There aint no grave gonna hold my body down for when the band kicks in is just spine tingling gospel joy. Buy it. Homepage

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