Hidden Gems: Statesmen – “When My Master Walks With Me”

This song comes from the LP The Statesmen Quartet Sings With Hovie Lister, which is incidentally celebrating 50 years since its release this year.  This was the Statesmen’s second LP, and featured Cat Freeman, Jake Hess, Doy Ott, Big Chief Jim Weatherington, and Hovie Lister.  This is a slower to midtempo song that is full of modern/jazz harmony.  The lyrics are one of hopefulness in the peace that comes from a close walk with Christ.  This may be one of the greatest harmony songs ever sung.  This song just screams for someone to bring it back.  I personally would like to hear the Lefevre Quartet pull this song out, dust it off with a more modern sounding jazz track, and give it a try.  I think they have the smoothness as a quartet to really do it justice.  Pull out your copy of this classic Statesmen LP and give this song a spin, it’s well worth it!

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7 Responses to Hidden Gems: Statesmen – “When My Master Walks With Me”

  1. The Kingdom Heirs recorded this in 2006 on Off the Record.

  2. burkesbrainwork says:

    I had forgotten about that Daniel. Still, would like to hear an updated arrangement too. 🙂

  3. Aaron Swain says:

    Ya know, the Mike LeFevre Quartet would do a great job on this song, especially with the updated arrangement of an old LeFevre song they opened their new project with.

  4. Jeremy says:

    This is probably my favorite LP of all times and in my opinion possibly the best technically.

    Paid In Full also recorded this song on thier In All I Do project with special guest vocalist Jake Hess.

    Jeremy
    http://www.vasoutherngospel.com

  5. Dean Adkins says:

    This is also my favorite LP.
    Southern Sound has an outstanding cut of this song on their newest CD: Reflections … A Tribute (a tribute to the Statesmen Qt and the CD has 16 songs).

  6. abk says:

    That whole record is outstanding. It does not feature a lot of the high-energy songs that the Statesmen were so well-known for, but the harmonies are untouchable. Probably one of the 3 or 4 best albums they ever did.

    Southern Sound, The Kingdom Heirs, and Paid In Full all did quite good versions. Southern Sound is the closest to the Statesmen’s version in terms of precision and harmony.

  7. Auke says:

    The Vocal Band should or rather are obligated to do this one…an updated arrangement..5 voices…go Vocal Band!

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