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Hear Oak Ridge Boys Rollicking Cover of Brandy Clark’s ‘Pray to Jesus’

Country Music Hall of Fame quartet will release their new album ’17th Avenue Revival’ on March 16th

Country Music Hall of Fame members the Oak Ridge Boys have recorded and released a jaunty rendition of Brandy Clark’s song “Pray to Jesus,” which will appear on their upcoming LP 17th Avenue Revival.

Like the group’s recent release “Brand New Star,” “Pray to Jesus” – originally written by Clark and Shane McAnally for her 12 Stories LP – continues the trend of recordings that were inspired by early Southern gospel meeting and mixing with rock and roll. Grammy-winning producer Dave Cobb sought to retrace the band’s lengthy history as a gospel-singing quartet in order to explore old traditions in a new light.

The song kicks off with a shuffling beat and boogie-woogie piano, while the quartet of Joe Bonsall, Duane Allen, William Lee Golden and Richard Sterban enthusiastically croons the imagery-rich lyrics about ongoing hope for salvation or a stroke of luck. Coupled with the track’s 12-bar bass line and twangy, tape echo-drenched rockabilly guitar, the Oaks’ version adds a charming slant to Clark’s detailed, slice-of-life storytelling.

17th Avenue Revival, recorded by Cobb at legendary RCA Studio A, is set to release on March 16th via Lightning Rod Records. 

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