I Won't Forget

This nine-man band out of rural Arkansas makes a big-time bow following four small-label recordings and 15 years of intense touring.

This nine-man band out of rural Arkansas makes a big-time bow following four small-label recordings and 15 years of intense touring. The Racy Brothers deliver an exuberant, modern, classic gospel sound, reveling in their traditional roots while readily adding a contemporary edge to a solid mix of hard-driving rockers ("God's Been Good") and satiny-smooth ballads ("I Never Would Have Made It"). Labelmate and genre kingpin Lee Williams of the Spiritual QC's wrote and lent a trademark guest vocal on the swinging "Touch Me." Though hardly a new group, the Racy Brothers' promotion to a national platform is clearly well earned and long overdue.—GE