Drawing inspiration from the songs and sound of 70s sacred soul and gospel label D-Vine Spirituals Records, for which she recorded, Elizabeth King is releasing a new album, I have a love, released June 24 on Bible & Tire Recording Co. (a Fat Possum imprint). The album was produced by Bible & Tire founder Bruce Watson and backed by his Sacred Soul Sound Section, led by guitarist Will Sexton.
In the early 1970s, the Memphis gospel singer was a driving force behind the independent label Southern, releasing the soulful “I Heard The Voice.” The song was meant to be the launch of a long recording career, but it won’t be until 2021 that King – at the age of 77 – will finally release his debut album, living in the last days.
King’s second album, I have a love, is on its way and is wonderfully imbued with Gospel and soul. It was an album inspired by his love of God and the rich blessings of his family life – 15 children, 58 grandchildren and 36 great-grandchildren – that motivated King to continue spreading the Good News.
“I Got A Love,” the title track, showcases an even more powerful, rawer side to King. Written and produced by Jimbo Matthus, known for his work with Squirrel Nut Zippers, Buddy Guy and Andrew Bird, the song vibrates with deep blues and powerful southern soul, peppered with a striking brass arrangement, and the King’s boldness expresses his love for “somebody”. which comes from heaven above.”
About the song, King told World Cafe, “I really enjoyed working with Jimbo! I loved his spirit and his enthusiasm for the music. We sat down and he just scribbled down the structure and the words. on a paper napkin. The next thing I knew I was up and singing! The video is great because it really conveys the words and the feeling of the song. That’s what it’s about: showing love in all conditions and giving people the opportunity to show love and not hate.”