Announcing Echoes of the Gospel, connecting the Detroit and Nashville gospel scenes


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 Third Man is proud to continue our exploration of powerful gospel music from Nashville's own Nashboro Records following the enthusiastic reception of 2018's "Give Me My Flowers" compilation.

The next chapter shines a spotlight on The Morning Echoes of Detroit, an electrifying Detroit-based gospel group who made their way down to Nashville to record for Ernie Young's Nashboro imprint. And who better to reinforce the musically fruitful connections between these two cities than Third Man?

The Morning Echoes, led by Willie “Slim” Ayers, formed in the late ‘40s, released their first 7" in 1951 and moved to Detroit in 1952. They started regularly broadcasting over radio station WJLB and became a part of the Nashboro Records family several years later. Echoes Of The Gospel was originally released in 1967 and was the first Long Playing record from these Motor City favorites. The Morning Echoes remained active in and around Detroit throughout the 1960s, ‘70s and ‘80s. The project officially came to a close when leader Willie “Slim” Ayers passed on September 17, 2013.

This re-issue came into our world when TMR artist and friend Kelley Stoltz sent a well-loved copy of Echoes Of The Gospel in gratitude for having him play the Third Man Pressing grand opening party. His note read “Thanks for the fantastic experience! This one is a spirit lifter, In The Garden Of Eden does it for me. XO Kelley”.

Third Man is now proud to cast a broader light on the beautiful Echoes of the Gospel and the Detroit- Nashville connection that it embodies. It is transferred with reverence directly from the original 1967 stereo mixes and remastered by Warren Defever of Third Man Mastering.