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|Campbell Brothers, Katie Jackson|
Pass Me Not: Sacred Steel Guitars, Vol. 2
Genres: Pop, R&B, Christian, Gospel
If, as many sacred musicians believe, the blues is "devil's music," who, pray tell, is responsible for the feverish music on this sacred-steel record? Sorry to say, this music is nasty in the most righteous sense of the wo... more »
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If, as many sacred musicians believe, the blues is "devil's music," who, pray tell, is responsible for the feverish music on this sacred-steel record? Sorry to say, this music is nasty in the most righteous sense of the word. The Campbell Brothers, led by incredible pedal-steel guitarist Chuck and electric guitarist-bassist Phil, play an almost insurgent brand of sacred-steel music--a form with deep ties to the Church of the Living God, Keith Dominion--that adds the urgency of rock, the exploration of jazz, and the grit of the blues to its roots. On his pedal steel, Chuck is capable of otherworldly shouts and wails, melodic beauty, and speedy runs of head-spinning alacrity. The sheer number of distinct tones he coaxes is amazing. And when Katie Jackson delivers her wrought-up and commanding vocals, the intensity is almost too much to bear. Youngest brother Darick trades lap-steel licks with Chuck on three standout cuts and offers an urgent vocal workout on one live tune recorded at their father's church. If this is God's work, imagine what would happen if the devil got a hold of these guys! --Marc Greilsamer
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William Adair | 10/10/1999
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"I first heard the Campbell Brothers and Katie Jackson on the NPR show E-Town, and like everyone in the audience, was absolutely blown away. The liner notes tell why: the music's one central purpose is to help you become filled with the Holy Spirit. "Jump for Joy" is the best boogie I've heard in years, while "Mary, Don't You Weep" is easily the best "blues with a feeling." "What a Friend We Have in Jesus" is easily the most innovative take on this old warhorse.When you're beaten down and feeling like an empty shell, let the Campbell Brothers and Katie Jackson show you the path. YOU WILL BE HEALED!"
This is the Real Deal
Erstwhile X. Mnemoi | Hotzeplotz | 05/02/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"As a long time fan of both old-time (30s-50s) and contemporary Black gospel music, I put this album at the very top of the mountain, with the best of the best. Katie Jackson has rock-solid roots deep in her faith and she knows how to fly. She gives her all. Every word hits you in the gut with the rightness of perfect conviction and perfect musical sense. This music is "not for form or fashion" but is as real as it gets, whether it's Katie Jackson or Johann Sebastian Bach. And the Campbell Brothers rock! They're live wires and they're with her every step of the way. It doesn't get better than this. Amen Hallelujah."
Chris Johnson | 07/20/2000
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Guess you can teach an old Episcopal dog new tricks. Until I bought this and Sacred Steel Live!, I used to think that the steel guitar was exclusive to white country bands. I had no idea of the central role the steel guitar plays in the music of Church of the Living God churches.This album is unbelievable. The slow stuff is the very embodiment of soul and the uptempo stuff rocks as much as anything else out there. Katie Jackson is an exceptional singer, who deserves far, far more attention than she receives. And I can't conceive of anyone else alive today who can play steel guitar better than the Campbell Brothers. Count me a huge fan.Buy this. Buy it now."