Various Artists (from the album God Don’t Never Change , the Songs of 'Blind' Willie Johnson on Alligator Records) - The songs of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson have crossed over the threshold from church hymns out into the secular world, though the initial fervor that Willie put into his Gospel Blues is present once again on God Don’t Never Change, The Songs of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson. The music of Willie Johnson has proved that it cannot be stopped by the calendar pages as the fall. Led Zeppelin snagged the chorus of “Nobody’s Fault But Mine”, performed on God Don’t Never Change by Lucinda Williams. Many artists have covered the songs of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson with Hot Tuna offering a version of “Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning” on their debut, and performed on this compilation by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi while The Blind Boys of Alabama slow “Mother's Children have a Hard Time” from the amped of version by Eric Clapton on his 1974 release as “Motherless Children” on 461 Ocean Boulevard.
The artists tributing ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson on God Don’t Never Change are as familiar as his songs. Rickie Lee Jones takes on “Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground”, a song that made the 1977 flight of Voyager 1 as a piece of the music from earth that was sent out into space. Lucinda Williams contributes the title track, Cowboy Junkies announce “Jesus is Coming”, and Sinead O'Connor sees glory as “Trouble Will Soon be Over “. The rhythms shift under Luther Dickinson as he is joined by Rising Star Fife and Drum Band as they sing “Bye and Bye I'm Going to See the King”, and Maria McKee performs “Let Your Love Light Shine on Me”. Tom Waits inhabits the spirit of ‘Blind’ Willie Johnson as he opens God Don’t Never Change, the Songs of Blind Willie Johnson with “The Soul of a Man” while he stomps the ground with beats to raise up the dead with rattle rhythms on “John the Revelator”.