13 Songs, 46 Minutes


Ratings and Reviews

5.0 out of 5
15 Ratings
15 Ratings

Traditional Gullah spirituals become the ultimate road-trip record


It's hard to sum this achievement up in an iTunes review. Suffice to say, this is a collection of some of the finest musicians to ever call Charleston, SC "home". Their contemporary take on traditional Gullah spirituals is an astonishingly accessible ear-worm which easily joins my permanent playlist. It immediately feels like a lifelong favorite that has somehow always been there... the performances are nothing short of spectacular. There's no music on iTunes that is more worthy of supporting with your purchase.

Through the Bones


From the eastern shores of South Carolina comes a sound that resonates through the bones of all of us. Bright, fresh spirituality in a historically-rooted rhythm that takes us into the stars. Thank you for producing this experience through music as soul food.

Wonderful contemporary recording of the oral tradition

creative genius shines through

I heard three of the members interviewed on Fresh Air by Terri Gross 12/12/17.
Their story about getting together and deciding to record these songs is compelling, played some of the tracks from the album werte played , and they sang live in the studio.

About Ranky Tanky

With their eclectic, jazz-influenced sound, Charleston, South Carolina's Ranky Tanky take inspiration from the African-American Gullah culture of America's Southeast. The group features singer Quiana Parler, singer/guitarist Clay Ross, trumpeter/singer Charlton Singleton, bassist Kevin Hamilton, and drummer Quentin Baxter. Singleton, Hamilton, and Baxter initially played together in the jazz ensemble Gradual Lean in the late '90s, not long after graduating from the College of Charleston. The group members eventually drifted apart as each moved on to other projects over the ensuing years, until Ross was inspired to reunite the band around a new sound, infusing traditional Gullah songs with jazz, blues, folk, and gospel influences. For this new venture, they brought Charleston-born soulful vocalist Parler on board. Parler had previously competed on American Idol and toured nationally, working with such artists as Clay Aiken, Renee Olstead, Miranda Lambert, and others. In 2017, the group released its debut full-length album, the eponymous Ranky Tanky. ~ Matt Collar

Charleston, SC