Reissue of the Year: He is My Story: The Sanctified Soul of Arizona Dranes. Rarely do reissues come with an album booklet as compelling as the music, but that’s what this classy set accomplishes. Writer Michael Corcoran tells the fascinating story of blind spiritual singer Arizona Dranes, and her mysterious life of singing for the Lord and living on a prayer. In 1926 and 1928 Dranes recorded 16 songs that somehow brought the Almighty down to earth and sang of a life we cannot see. There hasn’t been anything like it since, and Corcoran’s words capture what the music does—a place where the soul runs free and life really is sanctified. Believe.
– Bill Bentley