"Sidewalk Saints" re-creates the music of the blues/gospel guitarists who played on America's street corners during the 1930s & '40s. Ben Bowen King, who has recorded for Smithsonian Folkways and Vanguard, is a master of the slide/resonator guitar. King is joined by Covita Moroney on vocals providing "Baptist moans." The CD features "classic" gospel tunes like "Amazing Grace," "Will The Circle Be Unbroken" and "In The Sweet By & By." King is backed up by a "sidewalk symphony" orchestra consisting of Coke bottles, tambourines, bass drums and kitchen spoons. The result is a spirit-filled, spontaneous sound that revives an exciting chapter in Americana music.
"King is a great guitarist." --John Schaefer, WNYC, New Sounds
"I just listened to 'Sidewalk Saints.' LOVE IT. I'm crazy about 'Swing Low, Sweet Chariot.' This is so refreshing and fun and also, it's got the old gospel thing going for it, but with a new attitude. --Gordon Atkinson, Real Live Preacher.Com
If King can continue to develop such fruitful hybrids, he could become one of the major performers in the genre. --J.D. Considine, Washington Post