Friday night Fa-so-la-ists
Via Adam Edwards and because a lot of my intellectual energy right now is being devoted to the shape-note origins of southern gospel, here’s a quartet of old-timers recorded on a Gaither video from the 90s singing a classic quartet number.
Gaither’s introduction mentions “No Tears in Heaven,” one of my favorite convention tunes ever. I’d really like to find a quality video recording of that on the internet. For now, all I have is this, which is pretty crummy quality of recording, but is worth your time for two reasons: one is the gospel piano (particularly, Rosa Nell Speer Powell’s first turnaround, but Ruth Stewart holds her own quite well, too), and the other is the song leader, bless her heart, who reminds me of a thousand dear Maxines and Friedas and Agneses and Maudes from back home whom I’ve known.Email this Post