Album Remarks & Appraisals:
"For my last month's Editors' Picks, I chose Rev. Johnny L. Jones' The Hurricane That Hit Atlanta, and this disc shows a different approach to classic gospel. While Jones' disc presented a live-wire minister shouting alongside his equally fired-up conversation, Rev. Wilkins' disc is restrained in tone and features just his soft urgency with a small group accompaniment. The recording is no less joyous, and he's lived the gospel tradition just as much as Jones (in the '30s Wilkins' father, Robert Wilkins, recorded "Prodigal Son," which his son covers here). As John Wilkins was growing up, he sang and played guitar in rural Southern churches, but also played r&b with such vocalists as O.V. Wright in the '60s before becoming a full-time minister in the '80s. On You Can't Hurry God, the focus is squarely on Wilkins' low-key urgency, especially his renditions of the title track, slowly rocking "Jesus Will Fix It" and the infectiously upbeat "I Want You To Help Me." Guitarist Jake Fussell, a longtime student of blues and regional folklore, is his ideal musical partner." -Downbeat
Down Beat (p.59) - 4 stars out of 5 -- "John's mix of Sunday morning spirituality and backsliding blues in the studio has resulted in a small miracle of an album."
Living Blues (p.38) - "[T]he Rev. Wilkins has the talent, and more importantly the emotive force, to blend everything into a seamless whole..."
Composer: John Wilkins.
Personnel: Jack Fussell (guitar); Wallace Lester (drums); Joyce Jones, Tangela Longstreet (background vocals).
Audio Mixers: Bruce Watson ; Amos Harvey.
Recording information: Dial Back Sound.
Photographer: Amos Harvey.
Arranger: John Wilkins.