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Elder Roma Wilson - This Train

CAT. #: 429

Price: $15.00

CD 429

These recordings were made in November of 1994 at Revered Wilson's home and church in Mississippi. The CD includes reissues of his 1950s 78 rpm records with his sons on harps. Wilson, 83, is finally winning some recognition for his love of spiritual music. He was named as one of 11 folk artists from across the nation to win a National Heritage Fellowship grant given by the National Endowment for the Arts. Wilson's music has enjoyed recent accolades at the Chicago Blues Festival, the New Orleans Jazz and Heritage Festival, the Smithsonian Festival of American Folklife and other traditional American musical festivals. A tribute album to the legendary blues artist Robert Johnson on which Wilson played his version of the spiritual "This Train (Is Bound For Glory)" was nominated for a Grammy Award in 1993.

1. Ain't It A Shame
2. Give Me My Flowers While I Live
3. This Train Is A Clean Train (1)
4. The Lord Will Make A Way, Yes He Will
5. My Lord's Gonna Move This Wicked Race
6. Gonna Wait Till A Change Come
7. Lily Of The Valley (Stand By Me)
8. Better Get Ready
9. Trouble Everywhere
10. Got Just What I Wanted
11. This Train (2)
12. Climbing Jacob's Ladder
13. I Don't Care What Skeptics Say
14. Death Ain't Nothing But A Thief And A Ro
15. Get Away Jordan
16. I'm So Glad, Trouble Won't Last Always
17. Amazing Grace
18. Motherless Children
19. Have You Tried Jesus-He's Alright
20. This Train Is A Clean Train(3)


“Elder Roma Wilson's six unique 1948 sides accompanied by three harmonicas have long been regarded as among the finest postwar gospel. The way the harmonicas weave in counterpoint, alternatively soaring above the line and then underpinning it, was a marvel of almost telepathic ensemble playing and still is - especially considering two of the players (Wilson's sons) were under 13. Wilson is in his eighties now and still as powerful a singer and harmonica player as he was nearly half a century ago. This CD unites those truly amazing early sides with 1994 recordings of Wilson solo, with his wife and a Mississippi church congregation. Breathtaking singing and playing by a true original, although it's the 1948 sides which make this CD truly awesome.”

-David Harrison, Folk Roots