This Week in Posivibes: The Zion Travelers


Aquarium Drunkard has unearthed another incredible rerelease in 1996’s The Dootone Masters from Ace Records. Based in the LA area for over two decades, The Zion Travelers put out their first record on Atlas in 1947 and eventually came to the Dootone label, which was then headquartered in label-owner and trumpeter Dootsie Williams’s home in Watts. The compilation includes sessions from 1956–1957 and 1961–1962, and is full of incredible gospel songs in the style of the ’40s. Listen to three tracks off the Masters album via Aquarium Drunkard, including the absolutely flooring song “The Blood.”

Liz Wood is a freelance editor, fiction writer, and current student in the NYU MFA program. More from this author →