The Relatives ... Resurrected (Created April 24, 2013)
Is this how it was supposed to be? Years turned into decades worth of waiting and hoping and wondering? A split. A reunion. Then, finally, heads turned and ears tuned and folks stood up and listened to The Relatives.
This band, so revered, so soulful, actually broke up ages ago. Because it was sometime around 1980 when Gean West's young brother and bandmate Tommie left the stage for the pulpit. Gean followed, of course, and what had been a brief, yet notable run for the band that officially began in 1970 ended with little fanfare and the release of only a handful of singles. Their time had come and gone, and they'd accepted it.
So how is it, in February 2013, that the band released a new album, "The Electric Word?" How is it that 76-year-old Gean, so many years after trading vocal pipes for organ pipes, is leading a band that still includes Tommie, percussionist Earnest Tarkington and guitarist Zach Ernst? How is it that a collection of unreleased tracks from an old box of tapes would be the resurrection for this group of legends?
There are so many questions that need to be answered, but many are calling "The Electric Word" one of the grooviest gospel records ever made. Its sound has reached young people with the beat, and old people with the words. And the band, in all its age and all its glory, has been touring again, sharing the stage and studio, performing at festivals and recently had an extended stay in New York City.
Lesson learned, if that is age is relative, then time is still on the side of The Relatives.
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