Jordan Travelers

The Skinner family—Robert, Floyd, Larry, and Herbert—were a talented group of singers performing unaccompanied on Chicago’s West Side. On the South Side, bass player Cartrick Moore and guitar phenom Robert Earl Moore were playing and singing, but without a true band around them. A mutual friend suggested they join forces, and the Moore brothers, along with mother Eula Moore, made the trek to Greater Pleasant Valley Missionary Church. Adding Rickey Daniels on drums and Arthur Massey on percussion, the Jordan Travelers became a big, full-blooded ensemble. Their first stab at a single was recorded in Sauk City, Wisconsin, at Jim Kirchstein’s Cuca Studios and issued on the microscopic Psalm label. Their second effort, on One Way Records, fared better in terms of production but attracted as little attention as the first. Cartrick Moore eventually moved on to work with the Violinaires; Robert Earl Moore would go on to join the Salem Travelers and, later, Inez Andrew’s band while the rest of the ensemble became The Majestic Singers, issuing one more single for One Way in 1983.

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