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Thursday, February 23, 2017

The Erwins-One More Night With the Frogs

Rounding up "family month," I bring the second album by The Erwins.

Rev. Dennis Erwin's music and preaching ministry has spanned forty plus years. Today, his kids carry on the family music ministry and currently have CDs available at the Pentecostal Publishing House.

This record was released in 1980 on the indelible Rainbow Records label. It's not exclusively Pentecostal, but they did release a number of records for UPC musicians.

Dennis recorded this album with his step mother. This is some thrilling bluegrass folk music!

You can download the album HERE!

Sunday, February 19, 2017

The Pilant Family-Presenting the Pilant Family

Most often, the records I choose for this blog have strong ties with the United Pentecostal Church.

Sometimes not so much.

Part of it may be due to lack of substantial information found online to give detailed information about how the record and the recording artist connected with the United Pentecostal Church. Another part of it is because maybe only one or two of the musicians involved in the project had a connection with the United Pentecostal church. I already have featured both.

This record is a bit of both.

Verle Pilant is the lead force of creativity on this project. There is more found online about his music projects than his denominational church connections. I suspect the main reason for that is the groups he has been involved in are typically marketed towards the broad market of the church, not one denomination. Best to leave messy things like doctrine out of the music message when trying to appeal across denominations. Not that there's anything wrong with that.

It was actually his wife, Marjorie, that has connections with the United Pentecostal Church. A memory shared on her obituary page online stated that she started out playing piano in a United Pentecostal Church in Memphis, TN (located on Parkway and Dunlap.)

By the time this record came out, there is no mention of any church denomination on the back cover. While her hair certainly still has that "PhD" style to it, it is unknown if she was still attending a Pentecostal church at this time. From what I can find, her and her husband left the UPC and went on to a Baptist church later in their ministry.

Still, she has roots in the UPC, so that is enough reason to share this record here.

But it doesn't stop there.

Looking at the rest of the names on the back cover is a virtual who's who of early names that were instrumental (no pun intended) in bringing the sound of the United Pentecostal Church to vinyl. James Goss, along with his brothers Lari and Roni, worked with countless Pentecostal musicians in both producing and releasing their records. Same with Maurice LeFevre and his label LeFevre Sound.

James and Doyle Blackwood's family has roots back to the beginning of the Pentecostal movement in this country. In 1918, the Blackwood String Band played at a brush arbor meeting. It was the first time the Pentecostal message had been brought to the impoverished sharecropping community in Choctaw County. Carrie Blackwood, James' and Doyle's mother, received the baptism of the Holy Ghost that night. Within a year, the rest of her family was saved as well.

So there is some rich Pentecostal heritage involved with this record. And it is a very well produced and beautiful recording. The copy I had is clean and one of the clearest of vintage recordings I may have brought to you so far.

Perhaps Marjorie Pilant and her family were not major names in the United Pentecostal Church, but as anybody knows, this blog isn't about only sharing the major names. Sometimes even the small contributions, even if they didn't stick with the church for their entire life, are worth while to look back upon.

You can download this great record HERE!

Thursday, February 16, 2017

Two exciting updates!

I am happy to announce I've updated two prior posts with new material!

First up, when I originally posted The Apostolic Bible Institute's album "Come Holy Spirit," I didn't have the original album art, just the record. Since then, I found the record for sale online and now am able to give you the original album art, front and back!

So if you are the type who likes to save the album art with the music files (or likes to use it to create your own CD jackets) then follow the link above to get the correct art! I left my custom made cover up for kicks and giggles.

Also, I am delighted to bring to you a new digital transfer of Calvary Four's "Sing the Gospel."
The prior transfer was comprised of two copies I had, neither of which were in fantastic shape. I picked the best quality of the tracks from between the two records. Both were rather scratched and less than desirable. For the time, it was better than nothing. But at last I found a SEALED COPY! I think this is the best transfer ever of this record! Follow the link above to replace your previous digital files!

Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Spears Family-My Thanks to Him

Continuing "family" month...

This is a private press album put out by the family's own custom record label. Featured here are Rev. Doyle Spear, his wife Faith, and their two children Steven and Judi.

The Spears are not among the best known names in Pentecostal music or ministry. There are few websites that reference them online. Given their name, I come up with a lot of matches for a certain Britney more than I do for this family.

All the same, this is great music. "Ten Thousand Years" and "He is Lord" are particularly amazing tracks.

You can download this great gem HERE!

Saturday, February 4, 2017

The Jellisons-Family Favorites

Last month, I ended the look at female singers in the United Pentecostal Church by cheating a tad and sharing a "solo" record by Gayla Bibb that was actually a Bible Singing Bibb Family record.

Picking up on that cue, this month I am featuring some of my favorite "family" records! First up is the exceptional music ministry of The Jellisons.

Before I knew what Southern Gospel music was, I was listening to the to this family's incredible music.

Under the leadership of Rev. Wendell Jellison, their music ministry spans three decades and planted seeds of many music minsters in the church. It is untold how many albums they have released or influenced. I found two, plus a compilation put out by their church.

I know there are more because I know this album is a "greatest hits" record. Two tracks on this album come from the aforementioned compilation and I know one comes from "Shoutin' Sounds." I do not have the latter, but somebody posted a video of "Already Been to the Water" on You Tube and they show their vinyl copy.

So the search continues for more of their records!


One more thing to mention: Like the McCools and the Pentecostal Elders records I shared in the past, I found many records that had the same cover art as this one, with some variations. I even found another Pentecostal record with the same cover art, which I will share later.

It always amuses me a bit when I find records like this. I guess these were royalty free images record labels could use, and given the lack of money going into these productions it was easier to pick a public domain image than pay an artist/photographer to create new album art.

Is there any other genre where this happened? That's not a rhetorical question... I genuinely wonder.

Here is a sample of the other records I found with similar covers:

In the meantime, here's the album that thrilled me when I was younger.  You can download the spirit-filled goodness HERE!