The Fairfield Four Forge Ahead Into 21st Century
The Fairfield Four, who are one of USAGEM's most well-known groups, are keeping alive a huge legacy of African American a capella gospel music by recording their first CD in more than 20 years.
The legendary group been in the studio the last two months and have come up with an album that features some new, unheard material and some old classics (one that's been in the Library of Congress since 1939). These are songs that have inspired the civil rights movement and legendary rockers like James Brown and Elvis Presley.
In addition to the new CD, the group has a lot happening in the coming months and plan to do some real touring.
The new CD will be released on March 10 in conjunction with a major PBS TV Special called "Rock My Soul" with special guests, The McCrary Sisters, Lucinda Williams, Lee Ann Womack, Amos Lee, Van Hunt and Buddy Miller. Stay tuned for airing in your area in the first two weeks of March.
Following the release of the CD, a live concert tour of the same name will be organized for the second half of 2015 which will feature The Fairfield Four and the McCrary Sisters. Expect appearances at major music festivals like Telluride, Edmonton Folk Festival and many more.
The group has started our own record label, Fairfield Four Records, and with that added responsibilty come new challenges in working with publicists, distributors, tour managers, manufacturers and so many others.
The legendary group is best known from their appearance on the soundtrack and on screen of the popular movie, "O Brother Where Art Thou." Today, they continue to perform a cappella and have been singularly important in revitalizing and preserving the oldest style of traditional spiritual and gospel singing.
Be sure to congratulate USAGEM member Larrice Byrd for his tremendous work with this great group. Because of his efforts, the future looks very bright for The Fairfield Four - a group that will celebrate its 100th birthday in just six years.