Mountain Gospel

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All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The four-disc, 100-track Mountain Gospel box set collects sacred music released on commercial 78s by Southern white performers in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, and includes string bands, gospel quartets, and sacred harp singers all trying to sing their way to heaven while maybe making a dollar or two on the way. By turns exuberant, wise, humorous, forgiving, unforgiving, ragged as a soup bone and occasionally dressed up fine as silk, these selections are reminders of how much the sacred and the secular were intermingled in the early days of the recording industry. Highlights include the bass string runs of Alfred Karnes on his double-necked Gibson guitar on the comforting ...
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Editorial Reviews

All Music Guide - Steve Leggett
The four-disc, 100-track Mountain Gospel box set collects sacred music released on commercial 78s by Southern white performers in the 1920s, '30s, and '40s, and includes string bands, gospel quartets, and sacred harp singers all trying to sing their way to heaven while maybe making a dollar or two on the way. By turns exuberant, wise, humorous, forgiving, unforgiving, ragged as a soup bone and occasionally dressed up fine as silk, these selections are reminders of how much the sacred and the secular were intermingled in the early days of the recording industry. Highlights include the bass string runs of Alfred Karnes on his double-necked Gibson guitar on the comforting and majestic "We Shall All Be Reunited," the odd waltzes of the Garland Brothers, who tackle "Beautiful" and "Just Over the River" with a lineup of fiddle, guitar, and violincello, the flowing "Going Down the Valley" by Ernest Stoneman whose long career saw him record on acoustic cylinders, 78s, stereo LPs, and even videotape, and a chugging string band version of "Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down" by Ancil McVay and Roland N. Johnson. Ernest Phipps delivers energetic takes on "Do Lord Remember Me" and "Old Ship of Zion," while the Phil Crow Trio crack off a goofy and cartoonish "I'm a Gittin' Ready to Go." Other high points include J.E. Mainer's folksy "This World Is Not My Home" and his energetic "Just Over in the Gloryland" featuring the three-finger banjo style of Snuffy Jenkins, who helped set the table for bluegrass, as well as younger brother Wade Mainer's gentle waltz version of "The Precious Jewel." The all-female string band the Coon Creek Girls blast through an impressive "Sowing on the Mountain" before the whole set comes to a close with the whimsical and joyous "What Kind of Shoes You Gwine to Wear" by William Rexroat's Cedar Crest Singers. There is a fair bit of fire and brimstone scattered throughout these songs, and a good deal of pining for homes on far, distant shores, but there is also the kind of ragged joy that comes with knowing that singing about a better life may actually -- however briefly -- deliver that better life.
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Product Details

  • Release Date: 8/23/2005
  • Label: Jsp Records
  • UPC: 788065775520
  • Catalog Number: 7755
  • Sales rank: 189,782

Tracks

Disc 1
  1. 1 Called to the Foreign Field - Alfred G. Karnes (3:10)
  2. 2 I Am Bound for the Promised Land - Alfred G. Karnes (3:11)
  3. 3 Where We'll Never Grow Old - Alfred G. Karnes (3:16)
  4. 4 When They Ring the Golden Bells - Alfred G. Karnes (3:03)
  5. 5 To the Work - Alfred G. Karnes (2:56)
  6. 6 Do Not Wait 'Till I'm Laid Beneath the Clay - Alfred G. Karnes (2:57)
  7. 7 The Days of My Childhood Plays - Alfred G. Karnes (2:39)
  8. 8 We Shall All Be Reunited - Alfred G. Karnes (2:58)
  9. 9 Crossed Old Jordan's Stream - Bird's Kentucky Corn Crackers (3:09)
  10. 10 I Am on My Way to Heaven - Willie Simmons (2:46)
  11. 11 Music in My Soul - Bush Family (2:55)
  12. 12 When the Gates of Glory Open - Bush Brothers (3:01)
  13. 13 On the Glory Road - Bush Brothers (2:53)
  14. 14 The Sailing Ship - Crowder Brothers (3:09)
  15. 15 Just Inside the Pearly Gates - Anglin Twins (2:26)
  16. 16 Beautiful - Garland Brothers (3:06)
  17. 17 Just Over the River - Garland Brothers (2:51)
  18. 18 God's Getting Worried - Virginia Dandies (2:44)
  19. 19 There's a Beautiful City Called Heaven - Virginia Dandies (3:08)
  20. 20 Turn Away - Lubbock Texas Quartet (2:57)
  21. 21 What a Change - Laurel Fireman's Quartet (2:30)
  22. 22 Rejoicing All the Way - Avondale Mills Quartet (2:50)
  23. 23 I Want to Go There Don't You - The Blue Ridge Rangers (3:07)
  24. 24 Glory Is Rising in My Soul - The Blue Ridge Rangers (2:55)
  25. 25 Odem - Roswell Sacred Harp (2:43)
Disc 2
  1. 1 Going Down the Valley - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:34)
  2. 2 The Sinless Summerland - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:26)
  3. 3 Hallelujah Side - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:27)
  4. 4 Tell Mother I Will Meet Her - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:55)
  5. 5 Sweeping Through the Gates - Ernest V. Stoneman (3:05)
  6. 6 I Know My Name Is There - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:59)
  7. 7 No More Goodbyes - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:41)
  8. 8 I Am Resolved - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:59)
  9. 9 Down to Jordan and Be Saved - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:55)
  10. 10 There's a Light Lit Up in Galilee - Ernest V. Stoneman (2:45)
  11. 11 I Remember Calvary - Ernest V. Stoneman (3:33)
  12. 12 He Is Coming After Me - Ernest V. Stoneman (3:37)
  13. 13 Everybody Will Be Happy Over There - Deal Family (2:52)
  14. 14 'Twill Be Glory Over There - Deal Family (3:09)
  15. 15 Joy Among the Angels - Deal Family (3:12)
  16. 16 Jacob's Ladder - Chumbler Family (2:58)
  17. 17 Hallelujah to the Lamb - Ridgel's Fountain Citians (2:36)
  18. 18 Ain't Gonna Lay My Armor Down - Johnson (3:02)
  19. 19 I'll Be Ready When the Bridegroom Comes - Johnson (2:55)
  20. 20 Cuba - Alabama Sacred Harp Singers (3:06)
  21. 21 I Belong to This Band - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:52)
  22. 22 Old Ship of Zion - Allison's Sacred Harp Singers (2:25)
  23. 23 My Prayer - Carolina Gospel Singers (3:02)
  24. 24 Bringing in the Sheaves - Eva Quartette (3:00)
  25. 25 Coronation - Daniels-Deason Sacred Harp Singers (2:56)
Disc 3
  1. 1 I Want to Go Where Jesus Is - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:55)
  2. 2 Do, Lord Remember Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:09)
  3. 3 Old Ship of Zion - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:04)
  4. 4 Jesus Getting Us Ready for That Great Day - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:10)
  5. 5 Happy in Prison - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:14)
  6. 6 Don't Grieve After Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:08)
  7. 7 If the Light Has Gone Out in Your Soul - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:00)
  8. 8 Went Up in the Clouds of Heaven - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:40)
  9. 9 I Know That Jesus Set Me Free - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:40)
  10. 10 Shine on Me - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (3:04)
  11. 11 Bright Tomorrow - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:53)
  12. 12 A Little Talk with Jesus - Ernest Phipps & His Holiness Quartet (2:49)
  13. 13 Ring the Bells of Freedom - Calbert Holstein (2:40)
  14. 14 I'll Lead a Christian Life - Golden P. Harris (3:23)
  15. 15 My God the Spring of All My Joys - Golden P. Harris (3:08)
  16. 16 When He Died He Got a Home in Hell - Kid Williams (2:44)
  17. 17 I'm Glad I Counted the Cost - Kid Williams (2:40)
  18. 18 Abraham - Frank Crow (3:16)
  19. 19 I'm a Gittin' Ready to Go - Phil Crow Trio (3:18)
  20. 20 You'll Never Go to Heaven with Your Powder and Paint - Ira Yates (3:13)
  21. 21 Though Your Sins Be Scarlet - Williams & Williams (3:03)
  22. 22 Dip Me in the Golden Sea - McCravy Brothers (2:43)
  23. 23 No Hidin' Place Down There - McCravy Brothers (3:00)
  24. 24 Sometimes - McCravy Brothers (3:06)
  25. 25 Sunrise - McCravy Brothers (3:18)
Disc 4
  1. 1 Lights in the Valley - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (3:11)
  2. 2 This World Is Not My Home - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:49)
  3. 3 In a Little Village Churchyard - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:09)
  4. 4 Just Over in the Gloryland - J.E. Mainer's Mountaineers (2:36)
  5. 5 Life's Ev'nin' Sun - Sons of the Mountaineers (2:42)
  6. 6 Home in the Sky - Sons of the Mountaineers (2:18)
  7. 7 Mansions in the Sky - Sons of the Mountaineers (2:30)
  8. 8 The Precious Jewel - Sons of the Mountaineers (2:46)
  9. 9 I Got a Home in the Beulah Land - Carolina Ramblers String Band (3:04)
  10. 10 That Lonesome Valley - Carolina Ramblers String Band (2:59)
  11. 11 Lonesome Valley, Pt. 2 - Dixie Reelers (2:49)
  12. 12 I Shall Not Be Moved - Dixie Reelers (2:11)
  13. 13 Gabriel's Trumpet - Eunice (2:34)
  14. 14 Sowing on the Mountain - Coon Creek Girls (2:52)
  15. 15 I Love My Saviour - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:56)
  16. 16 He Is My Friend and Guide - Byron Parker & His Mountaineers (2:47)
  17. 17 The Heavenly Train - Bill Carlisle (2:19)
  18. 18 He Will Be Your Savior Too - Bill Carlisle (3:06)
  19. 19 Tribulation Days - Southern Melody Boys (2:46)
  20. 20 I Can't Feel at Home in This World Anymore - Edith Collins (2:44)
  21. 21 I'm Redeemed - Alcoa Quartet (3:07)
  22. 22 In Steps of Light - Vaughan Quartet (2:47)
  23. 23 We'll Be at Home Again - Mrs. R.N. Grisham (3:03)
  24. 24 I'm Going Home to Die No More - The Giddens Sisters (2:49)
  25. 25 What Kind of Shoes You Gwine to Wear - William Rexroat's Cedar Crest Singers (2:59)
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Album Credits

Performance Credits
Carson Robison Track Performer
Bill Carlisle Guitar, Vocals
Clyde Moody Guitar, Vocals
J.E. Mainer Fiddle, Vocals
Wade Mainer Banjo, Vocals
Ernest V. Stoneman Guitar, Harmonica, Vocals
Snuffy Jenkins Banjo
Cliff Carlisle Steel Guitar, Vocals
P. Patterson Steel Guitar
Homer "Pappy" Sherrill Fiddle
Jack Anglin Guitar, Vocals
Jim Anglin Vocals
Evelyn "Daisy" Lange String Bass
Lily May Ledford Banjo
Rosie Ledford Guitar
Odus Maggard Banjo, Vocals
Frank Walker Vocals
Emry Arthur Guitar, Vocals
Uncle Eck Dunford Fiddle, Vocals
Steve Ledford Fiddle, Vocals
Zeke Morris Guitar, Vocals
Clarence Todd Guitar, Vocals
Jack Shelton Guitar, Vocals
Leonard Stokes Guitar, Mandolin, Vocals
Tom Leonard Vocals
Elmer Bird Guitar, Vocals
Bill Hill Autoharp
Ernest Phipps Fiddle, Vocals
George Morris Guitar, Vocals
Hattie Stoneman Fiddle, Vocals
Norman Woodlief Guitar
Walter "Kid" Smith Harmonica, Vocals, Soloist
Kahle Brewer Fiddle, Vocals
Dan Hornsby Vocals
Sherman Collins Guitar, Vocals
Jay Hugh Hall Guitar
Daddy John Love Guitar, Vocals
Clyde Robbins Guitar, Tenor (Vocal)
Odell Smith Fiddle
Olfa Crowder Guitar, Vocals
Ollie Bunn Fiddle
Leroy Ridgel Fiddle
Charles Ancil Ridgel Mandolin, Vocals
Millard Whitehead Guitar, Vocals
Eunice Ayers Vocals
A.G. Baker Vocals
Hillman Barnard Tenor (Vocal)
Connie Bird Guitar, Vocals
Edna Brewer Vocals
Nora Byrley Vocals
George Elmo Chumbler Guitar, Vocals
Irene Chumbler Vocals
Laura Chumbler Vocals
William Archer Chumbler Autoharp
Clovis Crowder Fiddle
Lois Dexter Tenor Banjo
Charles Dykes Guitar
Jossie Ellers Vocals
Bolen Frost Banjo, Vocal Harmony
Golden P. Harris Fiddle, Vocals
Dewey Hill Guitar, Vocals
W.B. Hitch Bass (Vocal)
Billie Holstein Guitar, Vocals
Calbert Holstein Guitar, Vocals
Dewey James Baritone (Vocal)
Johnny Jernigan Piano
Shirley Jones Guitar
Alfred G. Karnes Guitar, Vocals, Hand Clapping
George Ledford Vocals
Taft Ledford Fiddle, Guitar
Frank "Frank Crow" Luther Jew's Harp, Vocals
Phil "Phil Crow" Luther Vocals
Otis L. McCoy Tenor (Vocal)
Frank McCravy Vocals
James McCravy Vocals
Lewis McDaniels Guitar
Walter Mooney Vocals
A.M. Pace Bass (Vocal)
A.E. Parham Bass (Vocal)
Clyde Parham Tenor (Vocal)
J.W. Parham Tenor (Vocal)
Minnie Phipps Vocals
T.T. Pitts Bass (Vocal)
William Rexroat Guitar, Vocals
Woodrow Roberts Guitar, Vocals
Audie Rodgers Guitar, Vocals
Curley Shelton Vocals
F.M. Tanton Tenor (Vocal)
F.G. Tapley Tenor (Vocal)
W.B. Walbert Bass (Vocal)
J.L. Wells Bass (Vocal)
Eugene Yates Vocals
Ira Yates Vocals
Irma Frost Organ, Vocals
Technical Credits
Pat Harrison Liner Notes
Whit Denson Director
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