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African American Spirituals: Traditional Musics of AL Vol. 6 Produced and digitally mastered by Steve Grauberger, this CD contains 20 songs that represent a broad definition of African American "spirituals." Cover art by Bethanne Bethard Hill.
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African American Spirituals: Traditional Musics of AL Vol. 6

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Produced and digitally mastered by Steve Grauberger, this CD contains 20 songs that represent a broad definition of African American "spirituals." Cover art by Bethanne Bethard Hill.

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Recorded both within and outside of a church setting in Alabama from 1947-2011, these selections present an American sacred folk music tradition. For over thirty years, Steve Grauberger and his colleagues Joey Brackner, Joyce Cauthen, Dr. Maggie Holtzberg, Anne Kimzey, Dr. Brenda McCallum, and Joe Wilson contributed to the collection of African American spirituals by conducting fieldwork. Two additional selections are included on the CD, one from the Byron Arnold collection held at the University of Alabama and one permitted by Ernestine Hill Robinson, director of the Plantation Heirs from Auburn, AL. 1. Oh Please Lord Have Mercy. Singers from Gee's Bend recorded by S. Grauberger, 2002, Boykin, AL. 2. Come And Go To That Land; Come Ye That Love The Lord; Devotional Prayer; Lord I'm Glad To Be In Your Service One More Time. Pike County Seven-Shape Singers recorded by Grauberger during a 5th Sunday Convention, 1995, St. Peter Baptist Church, Troy, AL.  3. Tall Angel at the Bar.  Recording of Rev. Alex Fountain and Alma Robinson by folklorist Byron Arnold, 1947, Florence, AL. 4. None But the Righteous. Sipsey River Primitive Baptist Association recorded by Joyce Cauthen, 1996, Bethlehem Primitive Baptist Church, Eutaw, AL. 5. Cry Holy Ghost. Church choir and congregation recorded by Grauberger, 1995 during an anniversary event for the Reverend Foulks, Mt. Olive #2 Baptist Church, Shiloh, AL. 6. One Morning Soon. Sung by Pauline Jackson Griggs and recorded by Grauberger, 1996, Dothan, AL. 7. Look Where He Brought Me From. Recorded by Grauberger during a Central Union Singing Convention, Chapel Methodist Church, 1999, Eclectic, AL. 8. Low Down Chariot, Let Me Ride. Sterling Jubilee Singers recorded by Joe Wilson, 1993, Montgomery, AL. 9. Steal Away. Recording of Willie Lee Penn by Gauberger, 2011, Spencer Chapel, Fulton, AL. 10. Come To Jesus. Recording of The Gospel Harmonettes of Demopolis by Joe Wilson, Alabama Folklife Festival, 1993, Old Alabama Town, Montgomery, AL. 11. Won't It Be Grand. Congregational singing led by the Chapel Methodist choir during the Central Union Singing Convention, 1999 and recorded by Grauberger. 12. Oh Look At The People. Sisters from Gee's Bend, Creola Bennett Pettway and Georgiana Bennett Pettway, recorded by Grauberger, 2002, Boykin, AL. 13. If Anyone Asks Who I Am. Sipsey River Primitive Baptist Association recorded by Joyce Cauthen, 1996, Bethlehem Primitive Church, Eutaw, AL. 14. I Want To Go Where Jesus Is. Congregational singing recorded by Grauberger during the Southeast District Singing Convention, 1995, Elba, AL. 15. Rock My Soul.  The Delta Aires quartet recorded by Brenda McCallum during a practice session, 1981. 16. I Know I've Been Changed. Luella Hatcher and Friends recorded by Grauberger during the In The Spirit concert, 1995, Gadsden, AL. 17. Good' A News De Chariot It's A Comin'. The Plantation Heirs permitted by director Ernestine Robinson from their Songs of Deliverance CD. 18. Child of God Keep Marching. Mt. Carmel Missionary Baptist Choir of Troy recorded by Grauberger at Sweet Pilgrim Baptist Church, Brundidge, AL. 19. I'm So Glad I Got Good Religion. Bethlehem Primitive Baptist recorded by Cauthen, Eutaw, AL, 1996. 20. This Maybe The Last Time. Congregation singing recorded by Holtzberg,1988, Little Rock Baptist Church, Marion, AL.

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Traditional Musics of Alabama
Series: Volume 6  
African American Spirituals
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Cover art by Bethanne Bethard Hill © 

Traditional Musics of 
Alabama Series Vol. 1-Vol. 5
by Steve Grauberger
Alabama Center for Traditional Culture
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Vol. 1
Audio files & details on each song 
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Vol. 2 
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Vol. 3
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Vol. 5
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