January 29, 2008
The Campbell Brothers do not stray from their standing weekly Sunday gig with the House of God Church in Rush, New York too often. When they do make it to Seattle, the room is always full. Although the band had not released any freshly-recorded material since their last visit to the Emerald City in the summer of 2005, they certainly brought an unsullied show with them for the outing.
The line up included primary family members (Chuck Campbell, Darick Campbell, Phillip Campbell, Carlton Campbell, Tiffany Gordett , Malcolm Kirby) and also saw a special guest appearance by Seattle’s own Dan Tyack on pedal and lap steel.
The energy this gospel powerhouse brings to the stage was not wasted in this prim jazz/supper club. Many attendees of the show stayed politely and primarily seated, but it wasn’t long before the entire room collectively caught up to the glory of “See the Sign of the Judgment.” There was not a diffident person in the house for the entire 10 minute jam.
The 90 minute set list also included the popular favorites “A Change is Gonna Come,” “Morning Train,” “Frammin,” “I’ll Fly Away,” “Thank You,” “Don’t Let the Devil Ride,” and “Jump For Joy.”
If there is one thing the Campbell Brothers do for gospel, they certainly keep it real. The vigor they put forth on songs like "Amazing Grace" and "Something Bout the Name of Jesus" is an undeniable force.
However, the real beauty of their set is that the musical energy they give out lingers. When you see a Campbell Brothers show you are guaranteed to walk away soulfully satisfied for weeks to come.