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Fern Jones

The Glory Road

Her voice was all Saturday night, delivered on a Sunday morning. Patsy on Jesus. Elvis without the pelvis. Fern Jones’ only album, released by Dot Records in 1959, captured 36-year-old Sister Fern as she anointed church music with the same untamed energy that younger white Southerners were bringing to their rock ’n’ roll. Produced by Mac Wiseman and showcasing crack Nashville session players Hank “Sugarfoot” Garland, Floyd Cramer, Joe Zinkan, and Buddy Harman fresh off their June 1958 session with The Pelvis, Singing A Happy Song should’ve taken Jones from dusty canvas big tops to the Opry’s storied stage. But with no 45 to flog, Jones instead sold nary a record and never did hear herself on the radio. Her fiery rockabilly gospel was a few shades too radical for the conservative, traditional, near puritanical public she played to anyway. Fern Jones: The Glory Road collects her Singing A Happy Song LP and cuts including “Didn’t It Rain," from her The Joneses Sing album, into one rousing package, rich with the details and imagery of a brief career spent tethered to the hard ground and gazing skyward. The Glory Road’s sound gnaws at the bit and stands in reverence, a runaway rockabilly tent show without a single drop of rain on the horizon.

  • 2xLP

    2 150g LPs
    1 tip-on single LP jacket
    1 printed inner sleeve

Track List

  1. Fern Jones Didn't It Rain
  2. Fern Jones I Was There When It Happened (Alternate Version)
  3. Fern Jones My Prayer For The Ones I Love
  4. Fern Jones I Do Believe (Alternate Version)
  5. Fern Jones I Don't Know
  6. Fern Jones We'll Understand It By And By
  7. Fern Jones Whispering Hope
  8. Fern Jones Keeps Me Busy (Alternate Version)
  9. Fern Jones Let Tomorrow Be (Alternate Version)
  10. Fern Jones I Don't Care What The World May Do
  11. Fern Jones Just A Closer Walk
  12. Fern Jones This World Is Not My Home
  13. Fern Jones When A Sinner Prays
  14. Fern Jones I Am A Pilgrim
  15. Fern Jones You Ain't Got Nuthin'
  16. Fern Jones I Do Believe
  17. Fern Jones I Was There When It Happened
  18. Fern Jones Be Thankful You're You
  19. Fern Jones Strange Things Happening Every Day
  20. Fern Jones I Ain't Got Time
  21. Fern Jones Just A Little Talk With Jesus
  22. Fern Jones Keeps Me Busy
  23. Fern Jones Take My Hand, Precious Lord
  24. Fern Jones Let Tomorrow Be