“The World Needs This Music Right Now” –NPR Music

North Carolina family gospel group Dedicated Men of Zion’s ‘Can’t Turn Me Around’ comes out today on Bible & Tire Recording Co., the label founded by Fat Possum’s Bruce Watson. NPR Music aired “Down Here Lord” in its All Songs Considered podcast today. Ann Powers said, “What they call sacred soul: nexus of secular soul music and gospel and you hear it all in here, right? It’s got a little Hi Records flavor, it’s definitely got the Temptations kind of flavor, it’s very southern at the same time. If you like that kind of secular music, you’re gonna love this even if you have not found Jesus.” Robin Hilton added, “The world needs this music right now.” Full podcast.

Here’s what else we’re reading and hearing about DMZ:

“These folks got the right idea and I’m loving it big time! That’s what I’m talkin’ ‘bout!! The Holy Ghost spirit gettin’ in touch with one‘s Ancient Rhythmic African Inner Soul! Haven’t wanted to join a church in 63 years! I started jumpin’ as soon as the video came on! Gonna have to come down and check it out!”
–Taj Mahal

–Andrew Sacher, Brooklyn Vegan, April 30, 2020

“Sensational… transcendent… a perfect tonic for the times.”
–Nick Cristiano, Philadelphia Inquirer, July 12, 2020

“Magic… gutsy call-and-responses that will get you praising along with them… spiritually inspiring.”
–Chris Rizik, Soul Tracks, June 17, 2020

“Fiery…a high standard of excellence… Harmony is serious business where the Dedicated Men of Zion come from.”
–Neil W. Ferguson, Glide Magazine, June 8, 2020

“To be perfectly honest this is one of the most moving gospel albums that has come across my desk in a good while. I couldn’t help but feel better about life listening to song after song.”
–Cleve Baker, Confessing the Blues Radio Network, May 14, 2020

“An album that combines the sound and rhythms of Memphis with gospel sounds… Every track brings the spirit to the music and the harmonies are excellent throughout. Whether you share the beliefs of The Dedicated Men Of Zion or not the quality of the music they make is there for all to appreciate.”
–John Mitchell, Blues Blast, May 18, 2020

Dedicated Men of Zion are Anthony “Amp” Daniels, Antwan Daniels, Dexter Weaver, and Marcus Sugg. Concerted Efforts has signed the group as booking agents.

Dedicated Men of Zion - Album Cover