Joe Lastie Jr. & The Lastie Family Gospel Singers: Betty Ann Williams (vocals, piano, organ); Elliot Callier (tenor saxophone); Dwayne Burns (trumpet); Lucien Barbarin (trombone); Rickie Monie (piano); Reverend Leon Vaughn (organ); Joe Lastie Jr., Herlin Riley (drums).
Personnel: Joe Lastie Jr. & The Lastie Family Gospel Singers (drums).
Additional personnel: Choir of St. James Methodist Church.
Recording information: Preservation Hall, New Orleans, LA; St. James Methodist Church, New Orleans, LA.
THE LASTIE FAMILY GOSPEL was originally planned as a straight jazz album by drummer Joe Lastie Jr. with a few gospel tracks. However, members of Lastie's family and the organist Reverend Leon Vaughn more or less took over the session with impromptu performances of some gospel standards. The reuslt is a heartfelt and earthy exploration of classic Southern gospel music. It's the casual, unrehearsed nature of these performances that gives them their vibrancy, with the Lastie family singing for themselves and the Deity.