Gospel Comforters

Gospel Comforters were sewn together by Dave Hampton, but they're anchored by the gutbucket guitar of unsung bluesman George Grady. Hailing from Dekalb, Mississippi, Grady cut his teeth with the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Willie Mabon, and the Five Du-Tones before heeding Hampton’s call in 1973. A multi-generational group that counted as many as eleven men among its ranks, the Comforters branched out to include sons Anthony and Michael Grady, Tony Phillips, Stanley Holmes, and Oscar “Slim” Winters. After flops on the Skyway, One Way, and Black Giant labels (including the must-hear “Jesus Will Help Me”), Haines turned in “Yes God Is Real,” to which Grady promptly applied his wiry and infectious lead. The Marcs-issued 45 paved the way to two albums at Champ, Noah’s Ark and Father Forgive Them, the former of which features a slightly reworked but decidedly tamer version of “Yes God Is Real.”

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