Category Archives: Gospel

Carl Sandburg’s Songbag Pt 2

We had so much fun with our first installment a few months back that we thought it was worth a second installment…well, that and the depth and breadth of the American Songbag certainly lends itself to doing so. It doesn’t hurt either that it fits our deeper roots sensibilities so well. This installment finds us meandering about those classic songs whose topics include mellow blues ballads, hobo songs, Mexican border songs (how appropriate), tarnished love tales, and the ‘road to heaven’. Helping us through our sets we’ll be featuring an interesting collection of performers:  Dave Van Ronk, Dock Boggs, Rosanne Cash, and Peter Case. A host of others will join in the fun on Community Radio for Sonoma County.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dave Van Ronk Willie The Weeper Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Amazon
3The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Willie the Weeper Dirt, Silver & Gold Disc 1 Amazon
4Dan Zanes Roll The Chariot Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
5Josh White Barbara Allen Best Of Josh White Amazon
6Delmore Brothers Frozen Girl Brown's Ferry Blues Amazon
7Dock Boggs Pretty Polly Country Blues Amazon
8The Carter Family My Sweetheart Is a Poor Working Girl/Waves of the Sea (Instrumental) On Border Radio – 1939 – vol. 1 Amazon
9Tony Rice House Carpenter Church Street Blues Amazon
10Hylo Brown Pretty Fair Maiden Legends & Tall Tales Amazon
11Ola Belle Reed, John Miller, Burl Kilby The Orphan Girl Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Amazon
12David Rawlings Midnight Train Poor David's Almanack Amazon
13Arlo Guthrie Gypsy Davy Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (Remastered 2004) Amazon
14Peter Case Roving Gambler Sings Like Hell Amazon
15Rosanne Cash Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow The List Amazon
16Aaron Copland, London Symphony Orchestra & William Warfield Old American Songs (Set One): Zion's Walls Copland Conducts Copland (Expanded Edition) Amazon
17Louis Armstrong Ezekiel Saw De Wheel Louis And The Good Book Amazon
18Sister Rosetta Tharpe Things That I used to do (and I Don't Do No More) The Gospel Truth Amazon
19The Robinson Children I Ain't Gwine Study About War No More Swinging Gospel Sounds (1935-1942) Amazon
20The Bronzemen Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again The Bronzemen – Radio Transcriptions (1939) Amazon
21Septeto Habanero Cielito Lindo Cuba. Por La Musica Amazon
22Los Panchos La Cucaracha – La Adelita Cattle Call-Early Cowboy Music And It's Roots Amazon
23Dan Zanes Lo Que Digo Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
24Kathy Reid-Naiman Pretty Betty Martin Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Amazon
25Laurie Lewis Weevily Wheat Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals Amazon
26Dan Zanes Cuckoo Waltz Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
27Tom Paxton Times A-Getting Hard, Boys Seeds – The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 (Disc 2 Of 2 – Friends Of Pete) Amazon
28Bobby Bare Times Are Gettin' Hard Memories – RCA Singles 1962 – 1969 Amazon
29Ronnie Gilbert Lincoln And Liberty Songs Of The Civil War Amazon
30Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur The Boll Weevil Penny's Farm Amazon
31Dave Van Ronk Gamblers Blues Dust Bowl Blues Essential American Folk Amazon

Music of Albert E. Brumley Sr.

The music of Albert E. Brumley resides in a shadowy corner of country gospel, but when it’s given the light of day, the glow is blinding.  He was a shape note music composer and publisher whose southern gospel pieces are familiar to many. There’s not a lot of information about Albert but the musical legacy of his “I’ll Fly Away”, “Rank Strangers”, and “Turn Your Radio On” are masterpieces of the genre made popular by everyone from The Carters to Bill Monroe and Aretha Franklin to Alan Jackson and Kanye West.  We’ll spend time with his music today, sharing numerous interpretations for you on a Friday morning in Sebastopol, live from KOWS studio at the UMC in the heart of town.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Chuck Wagon Gang/George Jones Turn Your Radio On 70th Anniversary Amazon
3The Dillards Introduction There Is A Time: 1963-70 Amazon
4The Dillards I'll Fly Away There Is A Time: 1963-70 Amazon
5The Humbard Family I'll Fly Away [Album Version] Roots 'N' Blues/The Retrospective 1925-1950 Amazon
6Stamps-Baxter Quartet When We Sing Around The Throne Eternal Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music Amazon
7The Del McCoury Band The Lord Is Writing Down Names The Promised Land Amazon
8The Del McCoury Band It's Surprising What The Lord Can Do The Promised Land Amazon
9Clinch Mountain Boys/Jim Lauderdale/Ralph Stanley This World Is Not My Home I Feel Like Singing Today Amazon
10Fern Jones This World Is Not My Home The Glory Road Amazon
11Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys The Prettiest Flowers Will Be Blooming Ralph Stanley 1971-1973 Disc One Amazon
12The Louvin Brothers He Set Me Free Close Harmony [Disc 6] Amazon
13Ralph Stanley & the Clinch Mountain Boys Standing By the River Ralph Stanley 1971-1973 Disc 4 Amazon
14The Country Gentlemen Rank Strangers To Me The Early Rebel Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
15Ricky Skaggs Rank Stranger Bluegrass Rules! Amazon
16Leon Redbone If We Never Meet Again This Side of Heaven Double Time Amazon
17Elvis Presley If We Never Meet Again He Touched Me: The Gospel Music of Elvis Presley Disc 1 Amazon
18Doc Watson I'll Meet You In The Morning Milestones [Disc 2] Amazon
19Albert E. Brumley, Jr./Merle Haggard I'll Meet You in the Morning Two Old Friends Amazon
20Johnnie and Jack I Heard My Name on the Radio 1947-1950 (Warped 4720) Amazon
21Coon Creek Girls Flowers Blooming In The Wildwood Flowers In The Wildwood Amazon
22Rangers Quartet I've Found A Hiding Place Close Harmony: A History of Southern Gospel Music Amazon
23Marty Stuart Lord, Give Me Just a Little More Time Souls' Chapel Amazon
24Mac Wiseman By the Side of the Road Voice of the Spirit, Gospel of the South Amazon
25Doyle Lawson and Quicksilver By The Side Of The Road Beyond The Shadows Amazon
26The Del McCoury Band I'll Put On A Crown And Walk Around The Promised Land Amazon
27The Del McCoury Band It's An Unfriendly World The Promised Land Amazon
28Merle Travis If We Never Meet Again Hot Pickin' [Disc 1] Amazon
29The Kingsmen I'd Rather Be An Old-Time Christian Crossroads: Southern Roots Amazon
30Jimmie Davis 'Twill Be Sweet When We Meet Nobody's Darlin' But Mine Amazon
31Carl Story I've Found a Hiding Place Country & Western Hit Parade 1947 Amazon
32Wade Bowen I'll Fly Away Then Sings My Soul: Songs for My Mother Amazon
33Alison Krauss & Gillian Welch I'll Fly Away Down From The Mountain: Live Concert Performances By The Artists & Musicians Of "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" Amazon
34NRBQ Down In My Heart Stay With We Amazon
35Lyle Lovett I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord Smile: Songs From The Movies Amazon

Eight to the Bar

It’s a free form collection that knows no boundaries. Dynamic sounds from the past century of America’s music including tracks from Kinky Friedman, Hank Snow, Clara Ward, The Charioteers, and a host of others from every corner. We’ll be sharing The Old Spinning Wheel, a parlor song; songs about a baseball and silver screen legend; and gospel from the deeper wells. Join Dave Stroud for another Deeper Roots evening on KOWS Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ella Fitzgerald Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar Get Happy Amazon
3El Pauling & Royal Abbit Send Me Somebody The Complete Singles 1952-1962 Amazon
4Freddie King Please Send Me Someone To Love King Of The Blues Amazon
5Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Gonna Send You Where I Got You From Mercury B&R Story '45-'55 – [Disc 1]: Midwest Blues V1 Amazon
6Nina Simone Children Go Where I Send You The Amazing Nina Simone/Nina Simone At Town Hall Amazon
7The Charioteers Walk Together Children Good News, Vol. 2: Wade In The Water Amazon
8The Original Gospel Harmonettes Just To Behold His Face Good News (Vol 3) Get Away Jordan Amazon
9Clara Ward And The Ward Sisters You Must Have Good Religion Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 2] Amazon
10Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue Plastic Jesus Set Two Amazon
11Wanda Jackson No Wedding Bells For Joe (2002 Digital Remaster) Wanda Jackson Amazon
12John Prine/Iris Dement In Spite of Ourselves In Spite of Ourselves Amazon
13Laura Nyro Wedding Bell Blues Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1 of 2) Amazon
14The Del-Vikings I Hear Bells (Wedding Bells) Hit The Road Jack- The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
15Kinky Friedman Marilyn and Joe Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman Amazon
16Simon & Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson The Essential Simon & Garfunkel [Disc 2] Amazon
17Blackjack Wayne Holding Hands For Joe I Got A Woman : Gems From The Decca Vaults [Disc 1] Amazon
18Hank Williams No, No Joe Beyond The Sunset Amazon
19Ernie K-Doe Popeye Joe Absolutely the Best Amazon
20The Howlin' Brothers World Spinning Round Trouble Amazon
21Hank Snow The Old Spinning Wheel (Chet Atkins) The Singing Ranger Disc 1 of 4 Amazon
22The Beau Hunks The Old Spinning Wheel The Beau Hunks Play The Original Laurel & Hardy Music [Disc 2] Amazon
23C.W. Stoneking I'm The Jungle Man Gon' Boogaloo Amazon
24Duke Ellington Jungle Jamboree The Jungle Band – The Brunswick Era Vol 2 (1929-31) Amazon
25Eddie Cantor Hungry Women grimriper2u@yahoo.com Amazon
26Dwight Yoakam Send Me the Pillow Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room Amazon
27Fatso Bentley June-teenth Jamboree The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol 2 Amazon
28Duke Ellington Mood Indigo The Jungle Band – The Brunswick Era Vol 2 (1929-31) Amazon
29Blue Lu Barker Where's Joe Chronological Blue Lu Barker (1946-1949) Amazon
30Gloria Lynne Cool Daddy Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
31Little Richard Send Me Some Lovin' The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
32Robert Gordon and Link Wray Black Slacks Too Fast to live… Too Young to Die Amazon
33Steve Earle & the Dukes Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now Terraplane Amazon
34Sam Cooke You Send Me Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 Amazon

The Arhoolie Label

There are a handful of record labels that subscribe to the ‘deeper roots’ dogma. And our show tries to cover all of them. But East Bay’s own Arhoolie, whose catalog was recently acquired by Smithsonian Folkways is a very special example, maybe the premiere example, of what it means to dig deeper. Founded in 1960 by Chris Strachwitz, a German transplant who moved to the States in 1947, Arhoolie was founded on the principle that the best music could be found by traveling the backroads. And that is precisely how it got started, with a recording device in his trunk and an ear for the sublime. Join us this Friday evening as we explore just a hint of the music you’ll find on a landmark roots label.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Big Mama Thornton Wade in the Water This Ain't No Mouse Music [Disc 1] Amazon
3Mance Lipscomb Sugar Babe Texas Songster Amazon
4Mance Lipscomb Jack O' Diamonds Texas Songster Amazon
5Snooks Eaglin Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes Country Boy Down In New Orleans Amazon
6K.C. Douglas High Water Rising Mercury Blues Amazon
7Lightnin' Hopkins Lightning Boogie Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 1 Amazon
8Big Joe Williams Shake Your Boogie Shake Your Boogie Amazon
9R.L. Watson & Johnny Woods Praying On The Old Campground & Lonesome Blues Mississippi Delta Blues Jam In Memphis Amazon
10Paramount Singers There's A Leak In This Old Building 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
11The Campbell Brothers Feat. Katie Jackson I Feel Good 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
12Sonny Treadway Don't Let The Devil Ride Sacred Steel Guitar Amazon
13Annie Mae & Fred McDowell I'm Going Over The Hill 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
14Sonny Treadway Amazing Grace Sacred Steel Guitar Amazon
15Bill Neely Satan's Burning Hell Texas Law & Justice Amazon
16Bill Neely I'm A Truck Drivin' Daddy Texas Law & Justice Amazon
17Del McCoury Hey, Hey Bartender 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
18Kirk Sutphin Yellow Rose Of Texas Masters of the Banjo Amazon
19Laurie Lewis & Dudley Connell The Johnson Boys Masters of the Banjo Amazon
20The Hodges Brothers Bogue Chito Fling Ding 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
21Rose Maddox Single Girl 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
22Maddox Bros. and Rose I Want to Live and Love This Ain't No Mouse Music [Disc 1] Amazon
23Adolph Hofner Dirty Dog South Texas Swing Amazon
24Lydia Mendoza Amor En Duda First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
25Lydia Mendoza A Ti Madre First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
26Lydia Mendoza Amor Bonito First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
27Don Santiago Jiminez, Sr. La Duena de la Llave Tex Mex Fiesta Amazon
28Flaco Jiminez Un Mojado Sin Licencia This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
29Clifton Chenier Bogalusa Boogie Bogalusa Boogie Amazon
30Savoy Family Band Two-Step de Amede This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
31Pine Leaf Boys Pine Grove Blues This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
32HowellDevine Can't Be Satisfied Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju Amazon

Great Gospel

Deeper Roots goes to the deeper wells of black American gospel which is one of the more powerful examples of bedrock sounds that we play here on our show. This show includes hand-picked classics such as “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Joshua Fit the Battle”, “Trouble in My Way”, and a medley of freedom classics from the SNCC Freedom Singers. It’s a mix of jubilee quartets, female gospel greats, sensational musical sermons, as well as Aretha, Sister Tharpe, Mahalia, and The Staples. Tune in for more….a whole lot more.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Blind Boys Of Alabama Freedom Road Higher Ground Amazon
3Mahalia Jackson Didn't It Rain 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
4Marie Knight The Old Rugged Cross Hallelujah What A Song! Amazon
5Marie Knight Walk With Me The Great Gospel Women Amazon
6SNCC Freedom Singers Woke Up This Morning Crossroads: Southern Roots Amazon
7The Freedom Singers Freedom Medley:Freedom Chant, Oh Freedom, This Little Light Of Mine Voices Of the Civil Rights Movement Amazon
8Joseph Crawford and unidentified vocalist Free At Las' 2- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
9Southern Sons I'm Free At Last (1942) 1940's Vocal Groups: Southern Sons (1941-44) & Richmond's Harmonizing Four (1943) Amazon
10Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers Mean Old World The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
11Aretha Franklin Precious Lord (Part One) Lovely Jazz Gospel & Blues Amazon
12Marion Williams Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares The Great Gospel Women Amazon
13Clara Ward Singers Somebody Bigger Than You & I Somebody Bigger Than You & I Amazon
14Morris Brown Quartet Climbing Up The Mountain I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
15Southern Sons Lift Every Voice And Sing I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
16The Swan Silvertones Trouble In My Way Love Lifted Me Amazon
17Bill Landford And The Landfordaires Trouble Of This World [Album Version] The Gospel Tradition: The Roots And The Branches, Vol. 1 Amazon
18Fisk Jubilee Singers Joshua Fit The Battle American Roots Music [Disc 3] Amazon
19Leonard de Paur conducting choir We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder 5- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
20Gospel Tones Roll, Jordan, Roll Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
21The Sensational Nightingales Freedom After a While Great Gospel – People Get Ready Amazon
22Reverend Robert Ballinger So Glad 1950s Gospel Classics Amazon
23Mahalia Jackson I'm on My Way To Canaan 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
24The Trumpeteers I'll Fly Away Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe Stand By Me Complete Recorded Works, 1938 – 1944; Volume 1 Amazon
26The Belleville A Cappella Choir of the Church of God and Saints of Christ Great Camp Meeting… – Swing Low… – Steal Away – What Kind… – Oh Them… – I'm a Soldier… (Medley of Spirituals) Southern Journey Vol 11: Honor the Lamb Amazon
27The Staple Singers Swing Down, Chariot Swing Low Sweet Chariot + Uncloudy Day (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
28The Staple Singers Uncloudy Day Swing Low Sweet Chariot + Uncloudy Day (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
29Golden Gate Quartet God's Gonna Cut 'em Down 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
30The Dixie Hummingbirds Christian's Automobile Thank You For One More Day: The 70th Anniversary Of The Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon
31Southern Sons Above My Head, I Hear The Music In The Air I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
32Arizona Dranes Bye & Bye We're Going To See The King He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes Amazon

Lies and Liars

A notorious theme in our world today. But it’s not like there is a thin line between truth and lies in the end. The line is clearly defined and yet people would rather imagine anything but what is clearly painted before them. Our show today looks at what the worst often looks like. Dirty lies, white lies, poison lies, and all of those falsehoods made in earnest or in self promotion. There are those who proudly wear the color of lies and hate to remind us that vigilance is more important now than ever. Call out the lies. This week, we look at it through the gospel lens with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, swim into the rock oldies pool with The Knickerbockers, swing soft and winsome country with Carl Smith and The Carters, and we’ll also bring in some contemporary sounds including tracks from Mavis Staples, David Olney, and Robert Ellis. I don’t know about you but I’m sick about what’s happening.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mavis Staples We Go High If All I Was Was Black Amazon
3Fats Domino Telling Lies Out Of New Orleans, Vol. 4 Amazon
4Sister Rosetta Tharpe No Room In the Church for Liars Precious Memories Amazon
5Sister Rosetta Tharpe Let That Liar Alone ABC Of The Blues Vol 43 Amazon
6Reverend A. Johnson Let That Liar Pass On By 1950s Gospel Classics Amazon
7Radio Yesterday Lights Out Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
8Martha Fields Southern White Lies Southern White Lies Amazon
9Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands Let That Liar Alone (Featuring Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Harley Eblen & Andrew Conklin) The Hazel and Alice Sessions Amazon
10The Carter Family You Better Let That Liar Alone Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 3) Amazon
11David Olney No Lies One Tough Town Amazon
12Rosalie Allen Hitler Lives Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
13Carl Smith Wicked Lies Kisses Don't Lie Amazon
14The Nashville Bluegrass Band The Biggest Liars in Town Home of the Blues Amazon
15Flatt & Scruggs Poison Lies The Stanley Brothers: Selected Sides 1947-1953 [Disc 2] Amazon
16Les Paul & Mary Ford Lies Bye Bye Blues/Les and Mary Amazon
17Cyndi Lauper Lies A Hat Full Of Stars Amazon
18The Roosevelts Tell Only Lies The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn Amazon
19Ian Gomm Dirty Lies Summer Holiday Amazon
20The Castaways Liar, Liar Good Morning Vietnam [Soundtrack] Amazon
21The Knickerbockers Lies Nuggets Sampler 1965-1968 Amazon
22Tex Grande & His Range Riders Hitler's Reply to Mussolini Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
23Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers Tellin' Lies The Eyes of Texas Amazon
24John Hartford Politic Hamilton Ironworks Amazon
25Mimi & Richard Farina House Un-American Blues Activity Dream Generations of Folk, Vol. 2 Protest & Politics Amazon
26Dar Williams/Doug Wainoris/G.E. Smith/Steve Holley/T-Bone Walk All Men Are Liars Labour of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe Amazon
27J.J. Cale Lies The Very Best of J.J. Cale Amazon
28Frankie Boots And The County Line Pack Of Lies Frankie Boots And The County Line Amazon
29Neko Case Lonely Old Lies The Virginian Amazon
30Johnnie Taylor Running Out Of Lies Lifetime: A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel 1956- 1999 [Disc 3] Amazon

Tell Old Bill

We’ve got another free form collection of sounds for a Friday in Sonoma County. The July heat has us moving a little slower as everything around us appears to move at breakneck speed. So the idea is to help us find our center and we do that with sounds from the islands with Joe Keawe and Arthur Lyman, soul from the heart by Solomon Burke and Betty Everett, and some tradition with a mix of Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder, and Bob Wills. We find our muse throughout with David Lindley and El Rayo-X. Join us.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dave Van Ronk Tell Old Bill Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Amazon
3K.C. Douglas Mercury Blues Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways Amazon
4Jackson Browne & David Lindley Mercury Blues Love Is Strange [Disc 1] Amazon
5Warren Zevon Gorilla, You're A Desperado I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) [Disc 1] Amazon
6Billy Butler & The Enchanters I Can't Work No Longer Kent's Cellar Of Soul: Volume 2 Amazon
7The Temptations Papa Was A Rollin' Stone Anthology, Vol. 2 [Disc 2] Amazon
8Chris Barber's Jazz Band Petite Fleur (Little FLower) Your Hit Parade -1959 Amazon
9Joanie Sommers Johnny Get Angry Gems from the Warner Brothers Vault (Pt. 1) Amazon
10Arthur Lyman Group Maui Chimes The Best of the Arthur Lyman Group Amazon
11Sol K. Bright's Hollywaiians Tomi Tomi Vintage Hawaiian Music: The Great Singers 1928 – 1934 Amazon
12Joe Keawe My Little Grass Shack Hapa-Haole Hawaiian Hula Classics – Vintage Hawaiian Treasures: Vol. I Amazon
13Dave Van Ronk My Little Grass Shack (In Kealakekua, Hawaii) A Chrestomathy [Disc 2] Amazon
14Ry Cooder Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) Jazz (Remaster 2013) Amazon
15Rhiannon Giddens Up Above My Head Tomorrow Is My Turn Amazon
16Sister Rosetta Tharpe Singing in My Soul The Original Soul Sister: Singing in My Soul [Disc 3] Amazon
17Etta James Something's Got a Hold on Me Chess Blues Disc 4 Amazon
18Betty Everett You're No Good Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
19Solomon Burke If You Need Me Very Best of Solomon Burke (Reis) Amazon
20The Impressions Gypsy Woman Hit The Road Jack: The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
21Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas And The Sinus Blues Having A Good Time with Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best Of, Volume 1 Amazon
22Wild Tchoupitoulas Brother John Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan – Season 3 [[Disc 2]] Amazon
23Nappy Brown Goody Goody Gum Drop Night Time Is the Right Time [Disc 1] Amazon
24Johnny Cash Understand Your Man 16 Biggest Hits Amazon
25Johnny Cash Cindy[w. Nick Cave] Unearthed Vol 3 – Redemption Songs Amazon
26Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Get Along Home, Cindy Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 8 Amazon
27The Louvin Brothers I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Close Harmony [Disc 3] Amazon
28Jimmy Dean Big Bad John (Uncensored Version) Best of Answer Songs vol 3 Amazon
29Big Brother & the Holding Company/Janis Joplin Bye Bye Baby Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits Amazon
30Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers Get Along Home, Miss Cindy Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers Amazon
31David Lindley & El Rayo-X Texas Tango Very Greasy Amazon
32David Lindley Mercury Blues El Rayo-X Amazon

Dylan & The Gospel

The argument has been made that Bob Dylan’s earliest music contained more prophetic prose than his deep dive into the Christian faith in Slow Train Coming. His pen had always leaned on the big story lines of Old and New Testaments but he went all out, much as he did in his ‘rock’ conversion, when he made the direct connection to matters of the soul that he would find in the Bible. This week’s show features the gospel songs of Bob Dylan, performed by gospel greats The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Fairfield Four, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and so many others. Tune into Sonoma County Community radio for a Dylan gospel fest including Maria Muldaur and Willie Nile.

 

Highway to Heaven

The first of two gospel Friday mornings coming up on Deeper Roots in June. This week, we’ll follow a ‘heavenly’ theme. The Christian vision of afterlife’s reward is expressed in music on a Friday morning in West County (of all places). There will be country and black gospel sounds emanating from the UMC in downtown Sebastopol on KOWS radio as we share performances about heaven including the electric voices of Marion Williams and Marie Knight; the rocking celebration of the good book from Sister Rosetta and Brother Claude Ely; and country gospel enlightenment from Willie and Bobbie Nelson. This one is worth the wait and worth it’s weight in heavenly gold. Tune in!

 

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Thomas A. Dorsey with Alex Bradford It's A Highway To Heaven Precious Lord Recordings Of The Great Gospel Songs Of Thomas A. Dorsey Amazon
3Fisk Jubilee Singers Shout All Over God's Heaven Recordings In Chonological Order, Vol. 2: 1915-1920 Amazon
4The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir Heaven Belongs To You Shakin' The Rafters Amazon
5The Staple Singers What Are They Doing? (In Heaven Today) Amen/Why Amazon
6Washington Phillips What Are They Doing In Heaven Today Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
7Mahalia Jackson A City Called Heaven Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns Amazon
8Mahalia Jackson Walk Over God's Heaven 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
9Clara Ward When We All Get To Heaven The Very Greatest Amazon
10Sister Rosetta Tharpe Walk All Over To God's Heaven Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
11Original Gospel Stars I Want To Go To Heaven Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
12Blind Gussie Nesbit Canaan's Land When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
13Mother McCollum When I Take My Vacation In Heaven When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
14Willie and Bobbie Nelson When We All Get To Heaven Farther Along Amazon
15Patsy Cline Life's Railway to Heaven Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century Amazon
16Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys I'll Reap My Harvest In Heaven King of Country Music [Disc 3] : Fireball Mail Amazon
17Alison Krauss & The Cox Family Walk Over God's Heaven New Country December 1994 Amazon
18The Stanley Brothers Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) [Album Version] The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers Amazon
19Jimmy Martin Little Angels In Heaven Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
20Ethel Davenport & Ehel Davenport Singers Heavenly Express Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
21The Staple Singers On My Way To Heaven Four Classic Albums Amazon
22Blind Gussie Nesbit Pure Religion When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
23Sister Cally Fancy Goin' On To Heaven In The Sanctified Way Goodbye, Babylon – Deliverance Will Come [Disc 2] Amazon
24Sister Rosetta Tharpe Heaven Is Not My Home Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe Beams of Heaven The Original Soul Sister: This Train [Disc 4] Amazon
26Marie Knight Seal Of Heaven Hallelujah What A Song! Amazon
27Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes Heaven I Heard So Much About It I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label 1951-1983 Amazon
28Dorothy Love Coates When I Reach My Heavenly Home The Best Of Dorothy Love Coates And The Original Gospel Harmonettes Amazon
29Marion Williams Sometimes I Ring Up Heaven Packin' Up Amazon
30The Davis Sisters Too Close To Heaven Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 4] Amazon
31The Swan Silvertones Heavenly Light Shine On Me Heavenly Light Amazon
32The Golden Gate Quartet No Restricted Signs (Up in Heaven) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) Amazon
33Brother Claude Ely I Want To Go To Heaven Satan Get Back Amazon
34Bill Neely Satan's Burning Hell The Essential Guide To Gospel Amazon

Early Gospel Blues

Gospel music informed much of the music from the early century and the blues took it’s soul and inspiration from many passages. Numerous street corner buskers promoted the scripture and many, like Blind Willie Johnson, Gary Davis, Oda Mae Terrell, and Mother McCollum were known as musical evangelists in addition to their place in the church. And the spirituals also informed the music of Blind Boy Fuller, Charley Patton, Barbecue Bob, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and so many early blues men and women. We’ll sample a few and take our Friday evening show with some reverence and grit.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Washington Phillips Denomination Blues – Part 1 Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
3Mississippi John Hurt Praying On The Old Camp Ground Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings Amazon
4Mother McCollum Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951) Amazon
5Mother McCollum Oh Lord I'm Your Child Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951) Amazon
6Blind Lemon Jefferson He Arose From The Dead The Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta & Chicago 1926 [Disc 2] Amazon
7Blind Joe Taggart And Joshua White Scandalous And A Shame (Pm 12780, 20942-4) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
8Sam Collins I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart Complete Recorded Works 1927-31 Amazon
9Barbecue Bob When The Saints Go Marching In Complete Recorded Works Vol 1 Amazon
10Blind Willie Johnson I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
11Charley Patton Lord I'm Discouraged Blues Images Presents: 1920's Blues Classics Vol.14 Amazon
12Bukka White I Am In the Heavenly Way Masters Of The Delta Blues: The Friends Of Charlie Patton Amazon
13Bo Weavil Jackson (Sam Butler) Heaven Is My View Backwoods Blues (1926-1935) Amazon
14Lil McClintock Sow Good Seeds 21 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's Vol. 10 Amazon
15Blind Nesbit Gussie Pure Religion Vol. 2-(1929-34) Amazon
16Blind Gussie Nesbit Canaan's Land When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
17Skip James Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader Complete Early Recordings Amazon
18Blind Boy Fuller Precious Lord Heart Ease Blues (The Blues Collection Vol.55) Amazon
19Blind Boy Fuller Must Have Been My Jesus Heart Ease Blues (The Blues Collection Vol.55) Amazon
20Josh White Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
21Josh White Lord, I Want To Die Easy Complete Recorded Works 1929-1940 Vol. 2 Amazon
22Blind Willie McTell I Got Religion I'm So Glad (w/ Kate McTell) The Classic Years: 1933 – 1935 New York " Chicago Amazon
23Bull City Red I Feel Like Shoutin' Blues And Gospel From The Eastern States (1935-1944) Amazon
24Memphis Minnie Let Me Ride Memphis Minnie – Queen of Country Blues, 1929 – 1937 [Disc 4] Amazon
25Brownie McGhee Done What My Lord Said The Complete Brownie McGhee [Disc 2] Amazon
26Jimpson & Group No More My Lord Parchman Farm: Photographs And Field Recordings: 19471959 Amazon
27Sister O. M. Terrell God's Little Birds Country Gospel 1946-1953 Amazon
28Rev. Gary Davis Get Right Church Gospel, Blues, and Street Songs Amazon
29Reverend Gary Davis I Am The Light Of This World Harlem Street Singer Amazon
30Blind Willie McTell Lord Have Mercy If You Please Pig 'n Whistle Red Amazon
31Sister Rosetta Tharpe Everybody's Gonna Have A Wonderful Time Up There Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
32Sister Rosetta Tharpe Saviour Don't Pass Me By Complete Recorded Works, 1938 – 1944; Volume 1 Amazon
33Big Joe Williams King Jesus Shake Your Boogie Amazon