Alligator is proud to announce the February 26 release date of two stunning recordings that celebrate both the legacy and future of the blues.
GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON. The album (to be issued first on CD and soon on vinyl LP) features newly recorded versions of the iconic, legendary "gospel blues" slide guitarist/vocalist's most seminal material. Tom Waits, Lucinda Williams, Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi, Cowboy Junkies, The Blind Boys Of Alabama, Sinéad O'Connor, Luther Dickinson, Maria McKee and Rickie Lee Jones all deliver deeply moving interpretations of Johnson's otherwordly music.
GOD DON'T NEVER CHANGE: THE SONGS OF BLIND WILLIE JOHNSON succeeds like few tribute albums have. It's brimming with outstanding performances by some of the biggest names in roots music. The artists are totally committed, and their brilliant interpretations captures the raw beauty of the original recordings. There's not a false note in the batch and moments of revelation are everywhere.
From Sinéad O'Connor's righteous cries on Trouble Will Soon Be Over and Derek Trucks' and Susan Tedeschi's reverent reading of Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning, from Lucinda Williams' slide guitar-fueled lament in Nobody's Fault But Mine and Tom Waits' virtual embodiment of Johnson himself on John The Revelator, this record is packed with transcendent recordings that speak as much to the greatness of the performers as they do to the enduring legacy of Blind Willie Johnson.
1) The Soul Of A Man (Tom Waits)
2) It's Nobody’s Fault But Mine (Lucinda Williams)
3) Keep Your Lamp Trimmed And Burning (Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi)
4) Jesus Is Coming Soon (Cowboy Junkies)
5) Mother’s Children Have A Hard Time (The Blind Boys of Alabama)
6) Trouble Will Soon Be Over (Sinéad O'Connor)
7) Bye And Bye I’m Going To See The King (Luther Dickinson featuring The Rising Star Fife & Drum Band)
8) God Don’t Never Change (Lucinda Williams)
9) John The Revelator (Tom Waits)
10) Let Your Light Shine On Me (Maria McKee)
11) Dark Was The Night--Cold Was The Ground (Rickie Lee Jones)
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