Tuesday, January 1, 2013

Read the Notes: Maggie Ingram's "Live in Richmond"

Ring in the new year with a stirring  live recording from Richmond's Queen of Gospel.

The new live CD from Richmond's Maggie Ingram & the Ingramettes is a potent introduction to a Richmond gospel legend and her incredible family backup band. Available here and through fine record stores -- like this one -- this exuberant set is a long-overdue document of the Ingramettes' live prowess (check them out in this clip from the past Richmond Folk Festival).

Live in Richmond is on the Virginia Foundation for the Humanities' own label -- see the rest of their fine indigenous releases here -- and was recorded at Fifth Baptist Church in Richmond by producer Jon Lohman, who just so happens to be Virginia's state folklorist.

OK, so you already need to get this disc. We've established that, right?

BUT THAT'S NOT ALL (as they say) -- you also get my bio of "Mama" Ingram and an overview of the music legacy she's forged in her Richmond hometown and beyond. 

Think of my liner notes as sort of a "bonus." But you'd need Live in Richmond anyway. Trust me on this.

For more, check out my Virginia Living feature (from 2008) on Maggie Ingram right here.

And here's Maggie Ingram and the Ingramettes live at the folk festival in 2009:

Listen to some early Maggie on Nashboro:

And now prepare yourself for the "Richmond Virginia Flood":

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