Fires ablaze in his eyes, the guitar-slingin’ preacher was a man possessed: waving his arms, and exhorting those assembled beside the rushing blue waters to heed his fervent call:
“Yes, I want ya to follow us, right on down to the river! I want ya to let the music flow through ya like the cool, life-givin’ waters of rock and roll salvation! Come with us, down by the river church, because there’s room for us all, in those waters, amen! The only thing we ask of ya is that ya lay those burdens down, before ya get in the water! Lay ’em right down, on them rocky shores, church! Lay those burdens down, and stand up with the wonder of rock and roll!” (Track 1: ” Call To Worship”)
His raucous ministry rang out with a backwoods, seething SwampRockabillyBluesCountry born of simple humanity, but daring to grab out for something more: A wondrous deliverance trusted in by all who that night plunged in and abandoned temporal travails.
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Video “Down By the River”