Thursday, September 20, 2012

"So Good" - Half Mile Home

“So Good”
Half Mile Home
From the forthcoming CD
Church Musik & Inspiration (release date: November 6, 2012)

Billy Preston may be gone but his spirit lives on in “So Good,” the latest single by Ohio’s own gospel ensemble Half Mile Home.  

The group takes Preston’s 1974 “Nothing From Nothing” and, while retaining its funkiness, gospelizes the song with lyrics about how good the Lord is.  They can’t contain their excitement, either, as they punctuate the driving rhythm with righteous growls and shouts.

Ironically, gospel is where Billy Preston started his career, working with James Cleveland and a host of others on the West Coast. He made a cameo appearance on organ for the Frazier-Goodson Gospel Singers and an early release by the Harold Bailey Singers of Chicago.  Check out the 1959 film St. Louis Blues to see a young Preston in his silver screen debut.

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