James Blackwood Keep Lookin' Up
- Released: March 21, 2006
- Originally Released: 2014
- Label: Art Greenhaw
- 1.This Ole House
- 2.The Unclouded Day
- 3.Wayfaring Stranger
- 4.The Big Boss
- 5.Trouble in the Amen Corner
- 6.This World Is Not My Home
- 7.The Chair That Never Got Mended
- 8.I Am a Pilgrim
- 9.That's the Way It Used to Be
- 10.Riding the Range For Jesus
- 11.When All God's Children Go Marching In
- 12.Sheltered in the Arms of God
- 13.Six Days
- 14.Life's Railway to Heaven
- 15.Beautiful Texas
- 16.Lord, Take All of Me
- 17.Washed in the Blood Medley
- 18.Keep Lookin' Up
& The Light Crust Doughboys.
James Blackwood & The Light Crust Doughboys: James Blackwood (vocals); Jerry Elliott (vocals, electric guitar); John Walden (vocals, fiddle); Art Greenhaw (vocals, electric bass); Marvin Smokey Montgomery (acoustic guitar, tenor banjo); Jim Baker (fiddle); Bill Simmons (piano).
Additional personnel: The East Gate Mass Choir.
Producers: Marvin Smokey Montgomery, James Blackwood, Art Greenhaw.
Includes liner notes by Art Greenhaw.
KEEP LOOKIN' UP: THE TEXAS SWING SESSIONS was nominated for a 1998 Grammy Award for Best Southern Gospel, Country Gospel or Bluegrass Gospel Album.
Gospel singer James Blackwood and western swing legends The Light Crust Doughboys are two bearers of tradition. The former has been singing country gospel songs with the Blackwood Brothers since the 1930s. The latter are a premier Texas band specializing in western swing (a form of music popular in the southwestern USA from the 1930s through the early '50s--a "fusion" of country & western, swing jazz, blues and Tex-Mex music). This is an album, then, of traditional sacred music, with the irrepressible swing and spunk of the Doughboys adding some secular spice.
The gypsy-flavored fiddle that opens "Wayfaring Stranger," the gentle stomp of "This World is Not My Home" and the lilting waltz of "Beautiful Texas" all prove that a person can swing, sway and pray at the same time. Blackwood's voice is showing signs of raggedness, but his tone is still big and wide as the Lone Star State. Gospel fans who like to tap their feet and hear snappy, swing-flavored instrumental stylings will find themselves in an extremely happy state with KEEP LOOKIN' UP.
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