Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music

Sorrow Come Pass Me Around: A Survey of Rural Black Religious Music


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That southern gospel, when mixed in with country and blues, became a powerful ingredient in what would become R&B, soul, rock and most of modern pop music, is hardly a secret. It took Saturday night and Sunday morning to put all of that together, so to speak, but gospel music, or spiritual and religious music, anyway, was hardly off limits to blues performers working southern juke joints and rent parties, and church music and the blues spent a lot more time together than most folks realize. This compilation of field recordings proves the point. Recorded between 1965 and 1973 by a team headed by David Murray (a team which also included guitarist John Fahey), it features 16 gospel and spiritual songs performed in living rooms, back porches and other non-church settings, most of them done by musicians generally assumed to be blues players. At the field level featured here, the difference between the blues and gospel is shown to be slight, and that difference is mostly lyrical. One can't help but be reminded that it is generally critics, researchers, and scholars who insist on categorizing such things into separate tropes, when, after all, musicians and their audiences are more concerned with how it sounds than what it is. This rough, engaging, and revealingly rustic set of field recordings was originally released on LP in 1975 by a small label called Advent Productions, and was reissued years later on CD in the digital era by Dust-To-Digital in 2013.

Product Details

Release Date: 10/01/2013
Label: Dust To Digital
UPC: 0880226003128
catalogNumber: 31
Rank: 92925

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Performance Credits

Furry Lewis   Guitar,Vocals
Eddie Lee "Mustright" Jones   Guitar,Vocals
Gleno Faulkner   Diddley Bow
Reverend Rubin Lacy   Vocals
Napoleon Strickland   Fife,Vocals
James Jones   Kettle Drums
J.W. Jones   Fife
Compton Jones   Vocals
Oscar Crawford   Bass
Annie Mae Jones   Alto (Vocal)
Babe Stovall   Guitar,Vocals
Willard Artis "Blind Pete" Burrell   Guitar,Vocals
Shirley Marie Johnson   Vocals
Robert Nighthawk Johnson   Guitar,Vocals
Norma Jean   Vocals
Pattie Rosemon   Vocals
Katie Mae Young   Vocals
Dorothy Lee   Vocals
Chester Davis and Congregation   Vocals
Floyd Bussey   Bass Drums
Ephram Carter   Vocals
Annie Lee Crawford   Alto (Vocal)

Technical Credits

John Fahey   Engineer
Cathy Mitchell   Engineer
Cheryl Thurber   Engineer
George Mitchell   Engineer
Marina Bokelman   Engineer
Alan Wilson   Engineer
Marc Ryan   Engineer
Steven Lance Ledbetter   Producer
Debbie Berne   Layout
David Murray   Layout
David Evans   Producer,Engineer,Liner Notes
Bill Koon   Engineer

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