Friday, August 10, 2012

Shreveport Songs: B. L. BLADE - By His Grace We've Come A Long Way (Part I and II) (B. L. B., 1982)

The Sunday School Hour -- tune in from 6:45 to 7:00.  (Shreveport Sun [Shreveport, LA], July 1, 1965).

Announcing a new post over at the Shreveport Songs blog...

In 2012, you might know of Rev. Brady L. Blade, Sr. because he serves as pastor of Zion Baptist Church in Shreveport.  Or because in recent years he’s taken the gospel concert program Hallelujah Train on the road.  Or because he and his church’s choir appeared in Daniel Lanois’s documentary film Here Is What Is.  Or because of his renowned drummer sons, Brady L. Blade, Jr. and Brian Blade.  I suspect 30 or even 50 years ago people knew of Rev. Blade for similar reasons – his ministry and his music.

In 1982, Blade released a 45 containing “By His Grace We've Come A Long Way.”  Based on the recording, it’s pretty clear this is sourced from a live performance likely recorded at his church, Zion Baptist.

For the rest of the story about Rev. Blade and audio from "By His Grace We've Come A Long Way" see:

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