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Classic Southern Gospel


  • 1. I'm Working on a Building - The Bluegrass Boys/Bill Monroe
    2. No Disappointments in Heaven - Dock Boggs
    3. Wondrous Love - Old Harp Singers of Eastern Tennessee
    4. Are You Washed in the Blood? - Red Allen/Various Artists
    5. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today? - Harry & Jeanie West
    6. Lost Soul, The - The Watson Family
    7. Hallelujah Side - Ernest V. Stoneman
    8. Walking in Jerusalem (Just Like John) - The Country Gentlemen
    9. Sinner, You'd Better Get Ready - The Lilly Brothers
    10. When He Reached Down His Hand for Me - The Bluegrass Boys/Bill Monroe/Various Artists
    11. Away Over in the Promised Land - The Phipps Family
    12. No Tears in Heaven - Kilby Snow
    13. Old Country Church - Tom Morgan
    14. Glory to the Lamb - DeBusk-Weaver Family/Various Artists
    15. Amazing Grace - Clarence Ashley/Doc Watson/Fred Price/Jean Ritchie/Clint Howard
    16. River of Jordan - The Poplin Family
    17. Shake Hands With Mother Again - Allen Brothers
    18. Gabriel's Call - Hazel Dickens & Alice Gerrard
    19. What Would You Give in Exchange for Your Soul? - Doc Watson/Bill Monroe
    20. He Said, If You Love Me, Feed My Sheep - The Stancer Quartet
    21. I Am a Pilgrim - The Country Gentlemen
    22. I'm Going to a City - Indian Bottom Association Members
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  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): 40137

  • Credits
    ProducerKip Lornell; Kip Lornell (Compilation)
    Engineer

    Personnel: Bill Monroe (vocals, tenor, mandolin); Doc Watson, Burton DeBusk, Kathleen Phipps, Harley Allen, Yates Green, Edna Poplin, A.L. Phipps, Bea Lilly, Mac Wiseman, Alice Gerrard, Red Allen, Charlie Waller (vocals, guitar); Dock Boggs, China Poplin (vocals, banjo); Trueleen Helen Phipps, Elizabeth DeBusk, Ernest V. Stoneman, Linda Weaver (vocals, autoharp); Ronnie Allen, Frank Wakefield, Everett Lilly (vocals, mandolin); Clarence Ashley, Fred Price, Gaither Carlton, Greg Allen, Hazel Dickens, Leeman Phipps, Jean Ritchie, Rosa Lee Watson, Clint Howard (vocals); John Duffey, Tom Gray (tenor, bass voice); Eddie Adcock (baritone); Lamar Grier, Rudy Lyle, Pete Kuykendall (banjo); Kilby Snow (autoharp); David Grisman (mandolin, fiddle); Joe Stuart, Bobby Hicks (fiddle).
    Liner Note Author: Kip Lornell.
    Editor: Carla Borden.
    Photographers: Jack Delano ; Ben Shahn; Marion Post Wolcott; John Vachon.
    After combing through their large vaults, the compilers at Smithsonian Folkways collected 22 performances -- largely from the late '50s and early '60s -- by a raft of Southern gospel artists to produce an excellent disc, Classic Southern Gospel. Southern gospel, in most contexts, means country or bluegrass-gospel as performed by whites, and these performances are no different. Opening with a live 1956 performance by Bill Monroe, the collection includes tracks by familiar names (Dock Boggs, Doc Watson, the Country Gentlemen) and many that are less familiar. It is the obscure performances, many released on CD for the first time, that shine here, including "Away Over in the Promised Land" by A.L. Phipps and the Phipps Family, "No Tears in Heaven" by Kilby Snow, and "Old Country Church" by Tom Morgan. Appearing in the liner notes is an essay, "Modern Southern Gospel Music," that may be educational for listeners, although it can't escape the dry academicism of a museum. Even the comments on the songs are rather pedantic too, adding four parenthetical commas to an earlier Bill Monroe quote. ~ John Bush

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