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Elizabeth King's 'No Ways Tired' Reflects Her Christian Faith and Personal Resolve (Premiere)

Nick Loss-Eaton Media

Memphis gospel great Elizabeth King returned to the studio for the first time since the '70s for new sacred soul album Living in the Last Days (out April 2 via Bible & Tire Recording Co.).

Today, Wide Open Country premieres "No Ways Tired," a stirring statement of Christian faith and personal resolve.

"I've been singing a long time," King says. "I've gone through a whole lot. I had to give up a lot but I'm still determined. Whatever I got to do, I'm gonna go ahead and get it done today. I'm not tired of trying to do my best every day."

Her story begins with a 1969 traffic accident which left doctors speculating that King would never walk again. Following her unlikely first steps, King dedicated her life to the Lord.

King shared her newfound faith through song in the '70s with the all-male backing ensemble The Gospel Souls. Now she's back at age 78 for her first full-length solo album.

"Elizabeth King quit recording Sacred Soul in the mid-seventies to concentrate on raising her fifteen children," says Living in the Last Days producer and Bible & Tire Recording Co. boss Bruce Watson. "Forty-five years later when she stepped in front of that studio microphone it was pure magic, almost like her voice had been frozen in time. The musical power of her conviction, strengthened with the 50-year interval, serves to make Living In The Last Days a landmark album, for her, for Bible & Tire, for sacred soul music and for her city of Memphis."

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The album teams King with such talents as guitarist Will Sexton (Dale Watson, Nicki Bluhm, Amy LaVere), drummer George Sluppick (Albert King, Chris Robinson Brotherhood, Jake LaBotz), guitarist Matt Ross-Spang (Al Green, Jason Isbell, John Prine), bassist Mark Edgar Stuart (Alvin Youngblood Hart) and organist Al Gamble (St. Paul & The Broken Bones, The Hold Steady, Don Bryant, Alex Chilton).

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