Odes To Joy

The Paschall Brothers
The Paschall Brothers' album, "On the Right Road Now." Smithsonian Folkways Recordings

As a young man in the 1940s and '50s, the late Rev. Frank Paschall Sr. toured Tidewater, Virginia, singing in a cappella groups. He passed his musical wisdom on to his sons, who became the Paschall Brothers—one of few remaining African-American gospel quartets. Their songs, which include "Joy" and "Jesus Gave me Water", are also influenced by soul artists such as the Temptations and Sam Cooke.

The Paschall Brothers' album, "On the Right Road Now," was one of two Smithsonian Folkways recordings recently named winners at the eighth annual Independent Music Awards.

Hear Joy and Jesus Gave me Water

Music courtesy of Smithsonian Folkways, the non-profit record label of the Smithsonian Institution. Please click here to purchase or for more information

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