"One finds in the Spirituals the polarities of hope and despair, joy and sorrow, death and life."—Dr. Jim Mumford
Purists objected to Kaia's pairing of a shape note hymn and Radiohead. "What have you done to our music?" wrote Youtube viewers. "Who do you think you are?"
Dream-pop with Asobi Seksu. The blues comes back to town with Charles Bradley. And, fresh-sounding old time music with the Carolina Chocolate Drops.
Aaron Copland's "Old American Songs" gets a new recording.
This week we turn the clock back 13 years. In 1996, the Mormon Tabernacle Choir released the CD “An American Heritage of Spirituals” under conductor Albert McNeil.