Friday September 17th 2010, 1:59 pm
Gospel Goes Twang: A When You Awake Mixtape
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While the Blues had a baby and birthed Rock & Roll, Gospel or singing praise to the one that is colloquially called Lord, Luhd or Lordy Have Mercy gave birth to Blues, Country and most other categories of music in this world. So in the next installment of our mixtape series, we’re praising those songs traditional and original done by some of our favorite twangy artists. This mix is full of earthly angels like Merle Haggard, Johnny Cash, Dolly Parton and Tom Waits mixed in with newer acts like Elvis Perkins and Langhorne Slim.

YouTube Preview ImageSteve Martin- Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

A note on the songs: These aren’t all straight up gospel tunes, but songs that either utilize parts of the bible or in the case of Langhorne Slim, just utilize the Lord’s name (unless you’re Elvis Perkins and do an entire EP about Doomsday, good modern country gospel can be quite tough to come by.)  And for the non-believers out there who are right pissed that they don’t have a gospel tune to call their own, above is a video of  Steve Martin and the Steep Canyon Rangers singing “Atheists Don’t Have No Songs”–made with love just for you.

Gospel Go Twang:

1. Elvis Perkins in Dearland – Weeping Mary
2. Johnny Cash – God’s Gonna Cut You Down
3. Tom Waits – Jesus Gonna Be Here
4. Blind Boys of Alabama – Amazing Grace
5. Compulsive Gamblers – Way Down in the Hole
6. The Word – I’ll Fly Away
7. Van Morrison – Down by the Riverside
8. Bruce Springsteen and The Sessions Band – This Little Light of Mine
9. Hank Williams – I Saw the Light
10. Dolly Parton – Coat of Many Colours
11. Langhorne Slim – Lord
12. Red Foley – Peace in the Valley
13. Merle Haggard and The Strangers – Take My Hand, Precious Lord/Jesus Hold My Hand
14. John Doe – Pressing On
15. Johnny Cash – How Great Thou Art
16. Elvis Presley – Down by the Riverside/When the Saints Go Marching In



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This is great. Might I also just add… Harlem River Blues by Justin Townes Earle… Yes, he’s blowing up right now. Yes, he is a drug/alchiehool addict and yes, he is the son of Steve Earle and named after Townes Van Zandt… and no, I don’t care about any of that – the song’s hot… it’s made of peach flavored fire and whiskey colored buckshots. The whole album is good, actually… save only a few songs… Nashivillians singing about New York, who knew? But isn’t that art at its most neccisary? The juxtapostion of two things to create perspective – to create the retrospection needed for meaning? Plus, the man has a good face. I miss New York… but the world is my pregnant pony and I, I am the man-pony who is unwilling to pay child support… where’s my fuckin’ salt block? I can tell you this much; An’t no fuckin’ salt in Western Washingtown. Bless ya.

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:27 pm

necessary.

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:30 pm

Whiseky – wixey. And me. And Buck Owens. Right now. s.

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:32 pm

necessarily.

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:40 pm

Harlem River Blues :

Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown
Dirty water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound

I’m on a roll, mama, I gotta go, gotta get there while I still can
Troubled days are behind me now and I know they’re gonna let me in

When you see me walkin’ up the empty yard, just a-singin’ and a-clappin’ my hands
Tell my mama I love her, tell my father I tried, give my money to my baby to spend

’cause Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown
Dirty water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound

Good times come and they go, even a good man’ll break
He’ll let his troubles bury him whole even though he knows what’s at stake

So I’m taking no chances, carrying over while I’m still good in His grace
I’m no fool, mama, I know the difference between tempting and choosing my fate

’cause Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown
Dirty water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound

Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown
Dirty water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound

Lord, I’m goin’ uptown to the Harlem River to drown
Dirty water gonna cover me over and I’m not gonna make a sound

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:44 pm

and I’m through.

Comment by Rev. Cotez 09.30.10 @ 5:45 pm



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