FAME Review: The McCrary Sisters - All The Way
The McCrary Sisters - All The Way

All The Way

The McCrary Sisters

Available from CD Baby.

A review written for the Folk & Acoustic Music Exchange
by Bob Gottlieb

This is the second album for these four young women who are daughters of the late Reverend Samuel McCrary, one of the original members of the Fairfield Four, a legendary gospel group. These women were raised singing the gospel and it just seems the most natural thing for them to be doing; they each have their own lives and yet when they come together 'it' is there in full force and glory.

These ladies have been singing all their lives in various combinations and with a huge host of artists, sometimes going into soul, funk, R&B as well as gospel. Regina, Ann and Alfreda have been the most active with them singing with Mike Farris, Kevin Gordon, Dr. John and a host of other artists. Alfreda sings and preaches with her husband Narcisco Lee at the Old Happy Day Church. Ann traveled and sang with the Fairfield Four from when she was 3 to age 6 and then with various gospel choirs and recorded 2 albums. Regina recorded with Bob Dylan on a number of albums. Deborah has sung with Ray Stevens, Isaac Hayes, and Elvis.

This disc, like their first one, All The Way, is a mixture of originals, ten by one of the sisters sometimes with a collaborator, and the remaining two, one by the team of Gary Nicholson/Tom Hambridge/Buddy Guy, and one by Bonnie Bishop/Jimmy Wallace. There is a variety of musical styles, however whatever song the girls and producers Tommy Sims and Kevin McKendree choose, the singing and arrangements are filled with the same passion as is in these women. A favorite at the moment is Hum and Moan, written by Regina and Colin Linden. He plays slide, bass, and Dobro, on this cut and it is a cut that kept having me hit the repeat button. This disc displays a deep and abiding love for music with which they were raised.

Track List:

  • Come On
  • Train
  • Skin Deep
  • Let It Go
  • Hum and Moan
  • Right Where You Are
  • Hello Jesus
  • Victory
  • You Can Make It
  • The Ways of the World
  • Talk to You
  • All the Way

Edited by: David N. Pyles

Copyright 2013, Peterborough Folk Music Society.
This review may be reprinted with prior permission and attribution.
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