According to the band’s official website, The Relatives are “Psychedelic Gospel Funk from Dallas, Texas, since 1970.” This phrase perfectly sums up the band’s history and sound. Formed in 1970 by veteran gospel singers and brothers Gean and Tommie West, The Relatives were popular in North Texas throughout the 1970s. The group disbanded in 1980 and didn’t play together again until a 2009 performance at the Continental Club here in Austin. Since then, The Relatives have been performing regularly and have just released their first full-length studio album, The Electric Word.
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