The Southern Echoes

The Southern Echoes first sounded out of James Bullard’s own Atmore, Alabama, after their early 1960s founding by brothers Leroy and Virgil Knight. Their BOS album is the only identified recording by the group, although Leroy Knight says they subsequently recorded in Nashville for Hoyt Sullivan’s HSE label. The Echoes dissipated after Virgil moved north. The two tracks here are from the Echoes’ BOS-labeled Have You Got Good Religion? LP. “Why Am I Treated So Bad” was written by Roebuck “Pop” Staples, and was a hit for his family group, the Staple Singers, in 1966; “Burden Down” is a close relative to the Capitalaires’ “Glory, Glory.” Both are performed in a style that could have come straight out of the 1950s, aside from Eddie Flowers’ prominent rock/blues-tinged lead guitar work. The powerful lead singer on both sides is Virgil Knight, who also does the spoken “sermonette” that introduces “Burden Down.”

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