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TOM'S PICK: "On Sunday morning of this year's Telluride Film Festival, some of us were lucky enough to go to church and hear the story of North Carolina gospel-singer Mother Lena Mae Perry. The film Stay Prayed Up follows Mother Perry as she records this live album with Telluride-favorite Phil Cook (who has played in town both solo and with Hiss Golden Messenger). Mother Perry's mission of spreading gospel music through the South is inspiring, and her powerful voice and deep faith make you feel the Spirit through to your bones.

"In the film, you catch glimpses of her effect on those around her—especially as you see how much she inspires Phil to make music he believes in. As you listen to this record, it's no surprise that the band is solid. But what really stands out is the tasteful piano from Wilbur Tharpe (RIP). On both sides, Wilbur's soulful licks create a call and response with the singers. But these aren't any low-down and dirty blues licks—Wilbur's piano is sharp, clean, dressed-up and ready for Sunday morning." - TAN

Released October 15, 2021

Recorded Live at Longbranch Disciples of Christ Church
Newton Grove, NC
April 6th, 2019

Side A:
01. Come By Here
02. Walk With Me Lord
03. Lay Down My Life
04. I Don't Feel No Ways Tired
05. You Can't Hurry God

Side B:
06. Walk Through The Streets
07. The Blood
08. If It Wasn't For The Lord
09. He Was There All The Time

- Mother Lena Mae Perry - Lead Vocals
- Wilbur Tharpe - Piano, Harmony Vocals
- Angela Kent - Harmony Vocal, Tambourine, Lead Vocals on Here Was There All The Time
- Rev. Kenny Nichols - Lead Vocals on Lay Down My Life and The Blood
- Phil Cook - Guitar, Harmony Vocals
- Brevan Hampden - Drums
- Michael Libramento - Bass
- James Anthony Wallace - Organ

- Chris Boerner - Engineering, Mixing and Mastering
- DL Anderson - Photography
- Steve Mann - Photography
- Madalyn Stefanak - Illustration
- JP Trostle - Graphic Design

Stayed Prayed Up produced by Spiritual Helpline LLC, with WarHen Records

Thank you to the Perry Family, Longbranch Church, The Meadow Cafe, Rochelle Nichols, Glenn Hinson, Aaron Greenhood, DL Anderson, Steve Mann, Music Maker Relief Fund, Sandra Davidson and The North Carolina Arts Council.

This recording was funded in part by a grant from the North Carolina Arts Council.



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