Yesterday I had to drop my kids off with family where they are spending the weekend before we come down for the holidays. I was going to be near Columbia, TN, and decided to swing by their Goodwill to look for records. I was surprised to not find a single record for sale in the store. None. I asked three employees and no one could help me. I looked all over the store and couldn’t believe there weren’t records for sale!
I decided to visit a record store I knew was close before heading home. Variety Records is located right on the square in downtown Columbia. I had an hour before they closed so I went for it.
I didn’t find much I wanted to bring home but I did find this LP by The Swindell Brothers with Bishop J.J. Wilkerson called Judge Not. I bought it hoping it would fit in my recent gospel soul purchases and it did not disappoint.
The album was released on Veep Gospel in 1968. The back of the LP jacket has this great description of the group…
The group was formed eight years ago in Lauringburg, North Carolina and even then they had a great deal going for them. First, they believed in what they were doing right down to the depths of their souls. Next, each member of the group was a highly accomplished musician and singer and finally the produced a very unique sound in that they were, and still are, the only male Gospel group to use three guitars at all times.
The words “at all times” are actually emphasized in bold letters on the jacket.
I can only find the one song above on YouTube called It’s Time which will give you an idea of their sound.
I look forward to spending more time with this LP over the holiday break!