The Jackson Southernaires’ new CD is titled Back Again. The title will have you asking – What is meant by “Back Again?” A search of many music libraries will reveal that the phrase is often used to describe albums (and CDs) by groups that 1) have been away from recording for sometime, or 2) music from a group that has returned to their roots.
We’ll neither describe The Jackson Southernaires. The group released the CD Destiny in 2008. In 2005/2006, they released Reality. So, ‘Back Again” probably does not refer to a return to the recording studio for The Jackson Southernaires. The group’s releases are always rooted in the traditional gospel quartet sound. There is no doubt that The Jackson Southernaires deliver good solid gospel quartet music every time they enter the studio.
So our assessment of “Back Again” is that it signifies that the group is ‘back’ with an exceptional project. The new CD consists of eleven (11) songs never before recorded by The Jackson Southernaires. Huey sings lead on each song. He shares lead duties with Maurice Surrell, Sr. on “Take Me Back.” Yes, “Take Me Back” is the song made popular by Andréa Crouch. The choir, Brandon Mitchell & Singers With A Purpose, provide background vocals on “I Need You” and “Take Me Back.”
Castro Coleman wrote the song “He’s Got Me.” Castro also plays guitar throughout the entire project. He showcases a blues arrangement to “Did It For Me.” Huey shows that he knows how to deliver a gospel song laden with chords that will remind the listener of blues singers from the Mississippi Delta.
No matter how you interpret the title “Back Again,” you will find that it contains good gospel quartet music. Listen to song from the CD during the next broadcast of Quartet Mix at Gloryland Gospel Quartet Radio.