Brother Louis McGhee: Going Home

From the back cover of the CD-r:

Brother Louis McGee is a mystery. It’s likely that he hailed from Texas, it’s sure that there were at least five singles released, and that’s about it.

A few years ago I bought a box of 45’s from a seller on eBay. I had no special reason to make my bid, other than an extreme curiosity about what seemed to be an obscure collection of Texas gospel 45’s. Most of the artists were unknown to me, so were many labels. Among them were four singles by (Brother) Louis McGee, or Bro. Lewis McGee, as he was called on the Hosanna release. Recently I found another 45 on a Texas label called Gospel; again he was listed as Bro. Lewis McGee.

I asked around and searched the internet but nothing but dead end streets, except for an unconfirmed possibility that our man sang as Lewis McGhee with the Gospel Tornadoes on Designer. These tracks are quite different from the rest, but they are included on this CD-r as bonus tracks.

I decided to record all tracks I have and put them on a CD-r. This way it may attract more attention and solve some of the mysteries along the way, but even more important: Brother Louis McGee’s recordings need to be heard! He’s a great artist who performs in the tradition of Rev. Cleophus Robinson, Harold Boggs, Alex Bradford and others, and he has a personal, bluesy and expressive style. These recordings bring you back to what church was some 35-45 years ago, best expressed with “He Will Understand And Say Well Done” and “Going Home To Jesus”, which were recorded live in church.

 

Song listing:

artist (as shown on release) song title year release
1Bro. Louis McGee God Placed The Light From Heaven In My Soul 196? LTM 6763
2Bro. Louis McGee Lord Don’t Move The Mountain 196? LTM 6763
3Louis McGee He Will Understand And Say Well Done 196? LTM 44432
4Louis McGee Going Home To Jesus 196? LTM 44432
5Brother Louis McGee What Is This I Got 196? LTM 93-66
6Brother Louis McGee Keep Walking In Jesus’ Name 196? LTM 93-66
7Bro. Lewis McGee There Is No Peace c. 1970-71 Hosanna 1526
8Bro. Lewis McGee I’ve Been Wrapped Up c. 1970-71 Hosanna 1526
9Bro. Lewis McGee Lord Don't You Move The Mountain 197? Gospel 517
10Bro. Lewis McGee Try Jesus 197? Gospel 517
11Gospel Tornados Everlasting Arms c. 1970 Designer 6833
12Gospel Tornados The Bible Is Being Fulfilled c. 1970 Designer 6833