The Dixie Hummingbirds
Still... Keepin' It Real / The Last Man Standing

Incredibly, The Dixie Hummingbirds keep on churning out music, the latest on MCG Records and featuring ultra veteran Ira Tucker Sr. on lead vocals. The legendary quartet has been in existence since the 1920s, with Tucker fronting since 1938 at age 13. Now in 2006, he truly is the last man standing.

CDWhile the new project, Still... Keepin' It Real / The Last Man Standing keeps to the group's roots, it also brings a mix of old and new, totalling ten songs, spanning a range of styles.

"Ezekiel Saw The Wheel" is a restrained, a cappella approach to the age-old spiritual, with the bass anchor unmistakeable. The laid back groove is infectious, the Birds taking full advantage of rhythmic word patterns.

The harmonic weave of "Father Alone", and also on "Love Your Fellow Man" makes both songs highlights. On "Personal Jesus", the Birds boldly grab onto this oft-covered song and make it their own, passionately delivering it with gusto and sincerity. Great organ work propels the cut.

"Christian's Automobile" make a comeback on this new disc. The song made the group famous in decades gone by, being their signature tune for years. Now updated to 2006, the song retains its impact.

"Wonderful To Be Alive" takes on a country harness, moving along at a mid-tempo clip with guitar and piano in support.

Still... Keepin' It Real / The Last Man Standing is a keeper. The Birds keep on singing, and it truly is wonderful.

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Production: Various
album release date: Sept, 2006
MCG Records

— reviewed by Stan North

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