K-Chuck Radio: A modern rendition of a vintage spiritual.

I premiered this little creation on my radio show last Friday, but for those of you who didn’t get a chance to hear it … I can share it with you today.


Back in the 1940’s, the Jubalaires were a four-man gospel group from Florida who had several beloved songs during their career. Songs like “Praise the Lord and Pass the Ammunition,” and “The “Preacher and the Bear.” They also appeared in several vintage “soundies,” filmed music clips, some of whom survive today.

Such as this one, a spiritual known as “Oh, Noah.”

Well, now. Dude is certainly spitting some fire there. That’s a nice bit of rapping, albeit 30 years before rap’s evolution from the Boogie Down Bronx.

And there are several YouTube clips in which songs like “Oh, Noah” were remixed to add some beats and a bass track and whatnot.

So I tried it. I found a 103 bpm drum track, and tried to solder it to the Jubalaires’ performance.

This was not as easy as it sounds. The Jubalaires’ rhythm tended to accelerate and decelerate throughout the track, and I had to digitally speed them up or slow them down ever so slightly so that they would match up with the drum track.

But in the end … here’s the latest creation from the Chuck Miller Creative Writing Service, featuring the Jubalaires and some guy on a drum track.

Yeah, that was fun. A little Audacity remixing and a syncopated drum track … this is fun.

Tune in next time when I find an old Edison Diamond Disc from the 1920’s and turn it into a dubstep track. Ha.