Oak Ridge Boys, "Pray to Jesus"
"Pray to Jesus" isn't a gospel song – it's not even a religious one – but it's a neat trick that the Oak Ridge Boys manage to make it sound as such. A frayed blue-collar ballad by Brandy Clark, the song is turned into a stained-glass boogie by the Oaks. In their hands, it's a hustler's creed with a pious streak that could have been a holdover from a Sun Studio session circa 1954. With its original incarnation dating back to the Forties, the Oak Ridge Boys have a deep history of gospel singing, and they have no trouble picking up the habit here. J.G.