Electric / Slide Guitar Gospel – Rev. Utah Smith & Rev. Lonnie Farris (1944 – 1964) – Full Album

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1. I Want Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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2. God’s Mighty Hand – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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3. Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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4. Take A Trip – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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5. I Got Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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6. Glory To Jesus, I’m Free – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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7. Walk To Thee – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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8. Soldiers Of The Cross – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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9. What Mother Can Do – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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10. Golden Street – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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11. A Closer Walk To Thee – Rev. Le Vol Franklin
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12. It’s A Blessing To Call His Name – Rev. Le Vol Franklin
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13. Peace In The Valley – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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14. I’m So Happy And Free The Lord Save Me – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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15. They Are Ringing Them Bells – Rev. Elliot Keyes
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16. Walk Around – Rev. Elliot Keyes
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17. In Your Kingdom – Thelma William
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18. In That Clover Field – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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19. A Night At The House Of Prayer – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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20. Wondering Child Mother Is Dead – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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21. Peace In The Valley – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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22. His Love – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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23. The Holy Spirit – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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DOCD-5222 Electric / Slide Guitar Gospel; Rev. Utah Smith & Rev. Lonnie Farris (1944 – 1964) Rev. Utah Smith (The Traveling  Evangelist), vocal, electric guitar. Rev. Lonnie Farris, vocal, electric steel “Hawaiian” guitar. With contributions by; Rev. Le Vol Franklin, vocal, electric bass guitar. Rev. Grimes, washboard. Deacon McMillian, drums. Thelma William, vocal. Rev. Elliott Keyes, tenor sax. Genres; Gospel, Electric Steel “Hawaiian” Guitar. Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski. Detailed discography.

One of the most animated of the post-war crop of gospel evangelists was Shreveport, Louisiana’s Elder Utah Smith. Known as the “Two-Winged Preacher”, Smith began performing late in the 1920s and was using an electric guitar by 1942. Smith’s masterpiece was undoubtedly Two Wings which he recorded on each of his three released discs with varying degrees of intensity. The flip sides exhibit a considerable amount of diversity, with God’s Mighty Hand apparently modelled closely on Elder Curry’s “Memphis Flu” from 1930, and Take A Trip reminiscent of the Carter Family’s popular “Gospel Ship”. This evangelistic dynamo whose volatile guitar pyrotechnics are enough to distract a discerning listener from the fact that none of it is affected with a slide.

The dynamic Hawaiian guitar of Reverend Lonnie Farris should be proof enough of the resilience and adaptability of modern gospel music. He began his recording career when a disc-jockey asked him to record some background music that Farris claimed became a hit record for which he was not paid. He started his own record company in 1962 (Farris Records), and this is the source of the recordings herein, which are all quite interesting and eclectic performances as likely to draw from a booting R & B saxophone style (They Are Ringing Them Bells) as popular C & W hits like Ted Daffan’s Born To Lose (I’m So Happy And Free The Lord Save Me).

“l have to been offered a lot of money to play rock and roll, but I won’t change- I have also played against a rock and roll band and I stole the show.” Amen.

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1. I Want Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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2. God’s Mighty Hand – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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3. Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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4. Take A Trip – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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5. I Got Two Wings – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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6. Glory To Jesus, I’m Free – Rev. Utah Utah Smith (The Traveling? Evangelist)
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7. Walk To Thee – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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8. Soldiers Of The Cross – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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9. What Mother Can Do – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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10. Golden Street – Rev. Lonnie Farris And The? Gospel Flames
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11. A Closer Walk To Thee – Rev. Le Vol Franklin
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12. It’s A Blessing To Call His Name – Rev. Le Vol Franklin
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13. Peace In The Valley – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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14. I’m So Happy And Free The Lord Save Me – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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15. They Are Ringing Them Bells – Rev. Elliot Keyes
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16. Walk Around – Rev. Elliot Keyes
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17. In Your Kingdom – Thelma William
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18. In That Clover Field – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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19. A Night At The House Of Prayer – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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20. Wondering Child Mother Is Dead – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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21. Peace In The Valley – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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22. His Love – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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23. The Holy Spirit – Rev. Lonnie Farris
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