TCC Playlist: There’s a Light and I’ll Shall Not Be Moved by Shirley Ann Lee

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We love raw Americana and unvarnished vernacular music, and we love the American gospel singer Shirley Ann Lee. Lee recored with the Revival label in the 1960s, but eventually gave up music because she couldn’t make a living as a recording artist. Listen to her song “There Is a Light,” from the compilation Downriver Rival after the jump:

TCC Playlist: “Glorify” and “God or Man” by Ivan & Alyosha

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Ivan and Alyosha

Looking for Americana music that’s not afraid of the spiritual?  Check out the Seattle based band, Ivan & Alyosha. Named after the brothers Ivan and Alyosha Karamazov in Dostoyevsky’s novel, The Brothers Karamazov, the band makes music with lyrics like, “Don’t call me home just yet / it’s the Good Lord and the Devil doing battle for my soul.” Listen to “Glorify” and “God or Man” & hear the band discuss their name after the jump:

TCC Playlist: I’m not afraid to die & I’ll Fly Away by Gillian Welch and Allison Krauss

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“My hobo soul will rise.”

Gillian Welch and Allison Krauss are incredible musicians and songwriters who often write Americana music about faith and doubt, sin and redemption. Listen to “I’m not afraid to die” and “I’ll fly away” two great songs for the Feast of Ascension and see photos after the jump:

TCC Playlist: Nearer My God to Thee by The Lower Lights

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The Lower Lights Sarah Sample of the Americana gospel revival group “The Lower Lights” founded in 2009, says of old hymns, “there’s just really beautiful, hopeful music out there that I don’t think has been given justice to. So we’ve been trying to . . . dig those songs out of the earth and polish them up a bit.” She continues, “What we want people to feel is that there’s room for everyone in the songs no matter what their lives look like, that there’s space for them to sing along and be joyful in it and be part of it.” Sample says. “We’re all part of … a bigger human family, and I think that’s what music is about: bringing people together.” The group is predominately Mormon, but these traditional hymns transcend that label and have been sung by all Christians. For example, listen to the track “Nearer my God to Thee” after the jump: