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Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments - The Taylor Brothers

"Mother's Advice" by Georgia's Taylor Brothers is a gently rocking country gospel jewel.

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SHOUT! Black Gospel Music Moments Featured Song, Episode 2118 | The Taylor Brothers - Mother's Advice

Welcome to Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments.  I’m Robert Darden. 

Hailing from tiny Blackshear, Georgia, in the late 1940s, the Taylor Brothers sang in Southern churches and high school auditoriums for more than 30 years, taking their down-home brand of country gospel anywhere and everywhere.

Led by C.J. Taylor, the group never quite broke though into gospel’s upper echelons, despite a string of stellar laid-back 45s for the eclectic Nashboro label from 1964 to 1967. The closest they came to a hit is this 45, “Mother’s Advice,” from 1965. “Mother’s Advice” has everything that makes a great gospel song – C.J.’s raspy, soulful lead voice, close-knit sibling harmonies and their distinctive loping country-gospel beat.

It’s also a gospel song about the singer’s precious mother – actually, there are probably 100s of songs about mother in gospel music ... every major gospel act released at least one ... a few, like the Pilgrim Travelers’ “Mother Bowed” ... even crossed over into the R&B charts. Trust me, “Mother’s Advice” from the Taylors can stand with the best of ‘em, even nearly 50 years later.
MUSIC: “Mother’s Advice,” Taylor Brothers, 45

I’m Robert Darden … “Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments” is produced by KWBU, the Black Gospel Music Restoration Project at Baylor University Libraries and is funded by generous support from the Prichard Foundation. 

Robert F. Darden is the author of two dozen books, most recently: Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume II: Black Sacred Music from Sit-In to Resurrection City (Penn State University Press, 2016); Nothing But Love in God’s Water, Volume I: Black Sacred Music from the Civil War to the Civil Rights Movement(Penn State University Press, 2014); Jesus Laughed: The Redemptive Power of Humor(Abingdon Press, 2008), Reluctant Prophets and Clueless Disciples: Understanding the Bible by Telling Its Stories(Abingdon Press, 2006); and People Get Ready! A New History of Black Gospel Music(Continuum/Bloomsbury, 2004).