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Sunday 28 June 2020


 London's Casual Records who had previously delivered the two great compilations Country Got Soul volumes 1 and 2  pitched up at the studio in Dan Penn's house in Nashville  between 31st January and 11th February 2004 and recorded Testifying by The Country Soul Revue.
This features the likes of Dan Penn, Tony Joe White , Larry Jon Wilson, Billy Swann, Bonnie Bramlett, Reggie Young, David Hood, Spooner Oldham, etc a veritable who's who of the great and the good of Southern Country and Soul

Most of not all of these artists have graced these pages before either from this album or from elsewhere.It's about time that some of them features here again
George Soule is probaby better know as a songwriter writing songs for the likes of Roy Orbison and Bobby "Blue" Bland but also has a wonderful voice.
Larry Jon Wilson popped up in my Friday Three Names series and does great story telling songs. David Hood on bass and Spooner Oldham spreading hisWurlitzer over the top of the song with  his trademark jelly
Donnie Fritts who adly passed away in August 2019 was a Muscle Shoals keyboard and singer.His main claim to fame was probably co-writing Breakfast in Bed a song made famous by Dusty Sprjngfied along with the late Eddie HInton. Accoring to the sleevenotes he has a voice like acup of sausage gravy-warm and lumpy

The Country Soul Review ft George Soule - It's Over

The Country Soul Review ft Larry Jon White - Sapelo

The Country Soul Review ft Donnie Fritts - Adios Amigo


  1. Excellent album. A lot of those involved did a tour to promote it which I was lucky enough to see when it came to London. It was a great night

    1. Lucky is a bit of an understatement Ernie.
      Well jeal

  2. I knew of Donnie Fritts from the opening lines of the Kris Kristofferson song "The Pilgrim - Chapter 33" which namechecks "Funky Donnie Fritts" among others.