The Paschall Brothers, On the Right Road Now

Amelia Raitt

By Amelia Raitt

on 04.22.11 in Reviews

Virginia's classic Tidewater gospel sound is composed of four-part harmonies delivered a capella. The Paschall Brothers are its most famous modern proponents. Thanks go out to the Smithsonian Folkways label, then, for sending the Brothers to the studio to participate in the imprint's African American Legacy Recordings series. On the Right Road Now serves as an excellent primer to the style, giving listeners the chance to hear nearly an hour's worth of the group's exuberant ("Jesus Gave Me Water") and graceful ("Rugged Cross") interpretations of these praise songs. As one of gospel music's most fascinating styles, its preservation — and its celebration here — should most assuredly ease your troublin 'mind just a little bit.