It may be Halloween weekend, but that won’t stop the Rev. Al Green from spreading the Sunday morning word on Saturday night at the Norton Center for the Arts.
Known for a trailblazing string of Willie Mitchell-produced hits during the ‘70s and a powerfully visible arsenal of gospel recordings since then, Green has remains an immensely emotive soul music stylist.
Luckily for us, he has been making Kentucky something of a regular stop in recent years. He poured on the soul power by way of classics like Tired of Being Alone and Love and Happiness two autumns ago at the Norton Center. Green also took centerstage at July’s ill-fated HullabaLOU fest at Churchill Downs.
The highlight of both performances was, curiously, not one of his own singles (although his version of Let’s Stay Together at the 2008 Norton Center show was pretty fine). It was instead Green’s cover of the 1971 Bee Gees hit How Can You Mend a Broken Heart?, which was delivered as a roaring soul music affirmation.
The Rev doesn’t live solely in the past, either, at his shows. He has three splendid Blue Note albums cut over the last decade – 2003’s I Can’t Stop, 2005’s Everything’s OK and 2008’s Lay It Down – to round out his repertoire.
Need something to keep the creepy crawlies at bay this Halloween? An evening with the Rev. Al ought to do the trick.
Al Green performs at 8 p.m. Saturday at the Norton Center for the Arts in Danville. Tickets are $60-$125. Call (877) 448-7469.