What’s a gospel band without 8-12 members? The Eagle Rock Gospel Singers, a self-proclaimed “country-punk gospel” band from the Eagle Rock section of LA, will release a new self-titled EP at The Satellite in LA tonight (Feb 16).
The Singers are believers, but they’ve gained steam from all kinds of folks over the last few years with gigs at the Echo, Bootleg, Troubadour and more. The seven-song EP is one of the strongest gospel projects I’ve heard in a long time, kicking off with an ominous a capella cover of the traditional spiritual, “Jesus is Real,” which the group recorded in a cave. The six songs that follow are all original, with the Ollabelle-eque “What Paul Did” easily topping my favorites.
The band does an outstanding job of meshing an authentic old time sound with modern instrumentation and phenomenal soul. The album’s sway-hand-in-hand closer, “No Burden,” features a guitar solo by Marc Ford who played with Black Crows and Ben Harper. Coincidentally, our friends at The Bluegrass Situation interviewed the band earlier this week. Check that out here for more.