Rarely do any musicians have a sixty year career but these ladies have managed to do just that. This disc serves as a legacy to Maggie Ingram the longtime gospel troubadour, as her daughter Almeta takes up the helm and draws forth their carriage, spreading the gospel through soul and old fashioned signing quartets riding into the future.
check out the title track from the album below
The Legendary Ingramettes
Take A Look In the Book, 2020 (Virginia Folklife Records)
01. The Family Prayer (4:49)
02. Take A Look In the Book (4:28)
03. Grandma’s Hands (5:08)
04. When Jesus Comes (6:18)
05. Rock of Ages (4:01)
06. I’ve Endured (8:16)
07. Time is Winding Up (3:42)
08. Hold to God’s Unchanging Hand (4:35)
09. Beulah Land/I Wanna Go There (12:21)
10. Until I Die (4:57)
This from the press release.
“Six decades of music, sixty-five years of song, generations tied together through the force of will of a matriarchy of powerful women. This is the story of African-American gospel quintet The Legendary Ingramettes, founded by Maggie Ingram (who passed away in 2015) as a way to keep her family together through hardship, and taken up by her daughter Almeta Ingram-Miller as a way to continue Maggie’s legacy. Inspired by the black gospel male quartets of the 1940s and 50s, The Legendary Ingramettes bring roof raising harmonies and explosively powerful vocals, all driven by the voices of women. Based for many years out of Richmond, Virginia, they were led by the indomitable will of the woman they all called “Mama,” but now that Mama is gone, Take A Look in the Book is the group’s first efforts with Almeta at the head. The album showcases Almeta’s bold new vision and towering vocal abilities, drawing songs from new Appalachian sources like Ola Belle Reed and Bill Withers, and reworking family favorites, some of which date back to old spirituals. Produced by state folklorist Jon Lohman as part of the Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities, Take A Look in the Book was recorded over just three days in Richmond, with most songs being cut in one take to keep the power of the group’s incendiary live performances. A live show from The Legendary Ingramettes is a house-rocking affair, with audiences literally getting whipped to a gospel fervor, and the recording seeks to capture the electrifying nature of the group’s performances.”