Spencer Bohren | Carry the Word

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Carry the Word

by Spencer Bohren

"A quietly moving synthesis of traditional gospel and noble blues, a timeless recording of delicate beauty that is simultaneously old and new." - New Orleans Times-Picayune
Genre: Spiritual: Traditional Gospel
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1. I Am a Pilgrim
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3:37 album only
2. Bound for Glory
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4:22 album only
3. Samson and Deliliah
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5:12 album only
4. Wings of an Angel
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6:03 album only
5. One Kind Favor
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5:23 album only
6. Carry the Word
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3:58 album only
7. River Jordan
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4:11 album only
8. Gospel Plow
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2:41 album only
9. I've Been Delivered
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2:58 album only
10. Amazing Grace
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3:27 album only
11. Beulah Land
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3:47 album only


Album Notes
After decades of mining the roots of American music, it was inevitable that Spencer Bohren would someday dig into the fertile soil of his own gospel-singing childhood. His explorations led to a musical place filled with imagery from a distant America. Here there were lonesome train whistles, big rivers, chariots of fire, epic battles, long journeys and heavy burdens, as well as strong men and beautiful women. Here the enemy was doubtlessly in league with the Devil and all paths led to Gloryland.

The theme that emerges is not really salvation, however, but rather the quest for freedom. These songs sing of crossing those rivers, escaping bondage, flying away, and generally slipping the chains of this mortal plane.

Carry the Word is a loving collection of Gospel-related Folk Music in which Spencer Bohren takes the listener from the sweet Southern Quartet sound of the Carolinas to a charismatic sanctified country church meeting in the Delta, with stops along the way for a Kentucky banjo piece, a heavenly instrumental version of Amazing Grace, and a couple of gorgeous originals. Inspiring!

Best CD by a Louisiana Artist 2001, Keith Spera/Times Picayune, New Orleans.


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Back to origins
I bought this CD for two reasons. I am a fan of Spencer's and because, as a student and collector of the blues, I felt it necessary to go back to another of the fundamental origins of the genre. I am usually not a fan of gospel music. Thanks to this CD, that has changed. Spencer has chosen some familiar gospel songs and presented them in a straightforward manner. He has allowed the songs to really speak for themselves. They are beautiful. I will go back and explore them more fully.