Classic Southern Gospel

Classic Southern Gospel


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Classic Southern Gospel

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.

Product Details

Release Date: 05/24/2005
Label: Smithsonian Folkways
UPC: 0093074013724
catalogNumber: 40137
Rank: 122175

Album Credits

Performance Credits

Eddie Adcock   Baritone (Vocal)
Bill Monroe   Mandolin,Vocals,Tenor (Vocal)
Mac Wiseman   Guitar,Vocals
Benny Martin   Bass
Frank Wakefield   Mandolin,Vocals
Doc Watson   Guitar,Vocals
Hazel Dickens   Bass,Vocals
Jean Ritchie   Vocals
Kilby Snow   Autoharp
Dock Boggs   Banjo,Vocals
Clint Howard   Vocals
Ernest V. Stoneman   Autoharp,Vocals
Don Reno   Baritone
Harley Allen   Guitar,Vocals
Red Allen   Guitar,Vocals
Gaither Carlton   Vocals
Alice Gerrard   Guitar,Vocals
Tom Gray   Bass (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Yates Green   Guitar,Vocals
Lamar Grier   Banjo
David Grisman   Fiddle,Mandolin
Bobby Hicks   Fiddle
Pete Kuykendall   Banjo
Everett Lilly   Mandolin,Vocals
Rudy Lyle   Banjo
Chick Stripling   Bass
Joe Stuart   Fiddle
Tom Morgan   Bass
Charlie Waller   Guitar,Vocals
Rosa Lee Watson   Vocals
John Duffey   Bass (Vocal),Tenor (Vocal)
Bea Lilly   Guitar,Vocals
Fred Price   Vocals
A.L. Phipps   Guitar,Vocals
Kathleen Phipps   Guitar,Vocals
Leeman Phipps   Bass,Vocals
Trueleen Helen Phipps   Autoharp,Vocals
Ronnie Allen   Mandolin,Vocals
Clarence Ashley   Vocals
Burton DeBusk   Guitar,Vocals
Elizabeth DeBusk   Autoharp,Vocals
Mike Halcomb   Lead
China Poplin   Banjo,Vocals
Edna Poplin   Guitar,Vocals
Linda Weaver   Autoharp,Vocals
Greg Allen   Vocals

Technical Credits

Hazel Dickens   Composer
A.P. Carter   Composer
John Newton   Composer
A.L. Phipps   Composer
Kip Lornell   Producer,Liner Notes,Annotation
Fanny Crosby   Composer
Traditional   Composer
Dorothea Lange   Cover Photo

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