Personnel includes: Dorothy Norwood, Bruce Parham (vocals); Rick Watford (guitar); Paul Morgan (horns); Derrick Cooper, Maurice Rogers (keyboards); Rick Carter (bass); Sheryl Harper (drums); Mississippi Mass Choir (background vocals).
OLE RICKETY BRIDGE was nominated for the 2001 Grammy Award for Best Traditional Soul Gospel Album.
Personnel: Dorothy Norwood (vocals); Betty Wright, Rev. Bruce Parham, Carolyn Traylor (vocals); Rick Watford (guitar); Willis Hickerson (strings, horns, percussion); Paul Morgan (strings, horns); Derrick Lee (strings); Derrick Cooper (organ, keyboards); Ralph Lofton (organ); Sheryl Harper (drums); Rick Carter (drum programming); Susan Young, Miami Mass Choir, The Mississippi Mass Choir, Nathan Young , Everett Drake (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Dorothy Norwood; Jerry Masters; Rick Carter.
Recording information: Antioch M.B. Church, Carol City, FL.
Editor: Kent Bruce .
Photographers: Freddy Williams; James J. Kreigsmann.
Arranger: Dorothy Norwood.
Since her days with the Caravans, Dorothy Norwood has carved out a legendary solo career that dates back to the '60s, and which even found her opening for the Rolling Stones in 1972. Norwood's millennial release is a testament to her mastery of the song sermon. Joined by the Miami Mass Choir, Norwood turns OLE RICKETY BRIDGE into an exuberant roof-raising spectacle.
Opening with the slow rolling "There's Got to Be Rain in Your Life," the energy level quickly picks up with numbers like the uplifting brassiness of "Worthy to Be Praised" and the upbeat cheeriness of "It's Your Time." Elsewhere, Norwood is aided by the stentorian singing and preaching style of Bruce Parham on the goosebump-inducing "Great Is Thy Faithfulness," and secular soul legend Betty Wright on the quiet storm-flavored title track. Throughout, Dorothy Norwood's unfettered conviction and gifted singing make OLE RICKETY BRIDGE the perfect marriage of spirituality and musical rejoicing.