Just A Closer Walk With Thee
Warner Music Australia
Release Date: November 4th, 1965
Words by: Jake Stein
November 9th, 2015
November, 1965 - Australian duo George and Ken Assang released a cover of the traditional gospel song, "Just A Closer Walk With Thee".
The Assang brothers' recording of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" lay hidden for many years, until it was released in 2000 on the soundtrack to Buried Country: The Story of Aboriginal Country Music. The follow-up to Buried Country was released as Buried Country 1.5 on October 30th, 2015.
An early version of "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" was likely written in the U.S in the 1800's. Since then, it has been adapted and recorded by numerous artists, including: Little Richard, Ella Fitzgerald, Bob Dylan, Johnny Cash and Jack White. More recently, the song has become a concert staple for North Carolina group The Avett Brothers.
Watch Scott Avett of The Avett Brothers recording "Just A Closer Walk With Thee" in 2011 below.