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TCC Playlist: Roll Away Your Stone by Mumford and Sons

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“That’s exactly how this grace thing works.”

Marcus Mumford, the lead singer of the British bluegrass band Mumford and Sons, often employs religious imagery in his songwriting. His lyrics delve into relationships, as well as themes of doubt, sin, redemption and grace. A fitting track for Easter, listen to “Roll Away Your Stone” after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: Do Lord & Unfortunately Anna by Justin Townes Earle

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Justin Townes Earle, the singer-songwriter and son of Steve Earle, takes on the American spiritual “Do Lord.” He sings, “Do Lord, do remember me.” On “Unfortunately Anna” he sings, “All this time you’ve been waiting for the world to change, but unfortunately Anna . . . it’s you, who needs to change.” Good ones for Holy Week. Listen after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: I’ll Be Rested (When the Roll is Called) by Blind Roosevelt Graves

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The blues guitarist and songwriter, Roosevelt Graves recorded music with his brother Uaroy Graves in Mississippi in the 1920s and 30s. Both brothers were blind and they performed both sacred and secular music, some of which was the foundation for rock n’ roll. Listen to two of our favorites after the jump:

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TCC Playlist: Jesus Christ by Woody Guthrie

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“Sell all of your jewelry and give it to the poor, so they laid Jesus Christ in his grave.”

The great American folk singer, Woody Guthrie, grew up a Christian in a small town in Oklahoma. He was drawn to the social gospel, and the image of Jesus as the redeemer of the poor and disposed. He also had great respect for Judaism. His second wife was Jewish and he co-wrote songs about Judaism with the Yiddish poet Marjorie Mazia.  Listen to his song, “Jesus Christ” after the jump:

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