TCC Playlist: Troubles So Hard by Vera Hall and Moby

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Spiritualsplayed an important role in shaping American music. These folk songs cried out for freedom from oppression to the God who liberated Moses and the Israelites, and took their listeners to the ‘thin places’ where God’s Spirit can be felt. The spirituals and blues of Alabama native, Vera Hall, were made famous, when they were sampled by Moby in 1999. More after the jump. Loving is supporting.

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TCC Playlist: Two Hands by Townes Van Zandt

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Townes Van Zandt

“I got one heart, I wanna fill it up with Jesus.”

We’re big fans of Townes Van Zandt, the country and blues legend, born in Fort Worth Texas in 1944. This is my favorite of his gospel songs. Kids love it too. Listen to “Two Hands” and more after the jump & support this site today #CatholicSpring.

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TCC Playlist: Keep Your Lamp Trimmed and Burning by Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

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Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi

We’re fans of the new Blind Willie Johnson tribute album “God Don’t Ever Change,” featuring artists like Lucinda Williams, The Cowboy Junkies, and The Blind Boys of Alabama. Listen to Derek Trucks and Susan Tedeschi cover “Keep Your Lamps Trimmed and Burning” and hear them talk about music and their marriage after the jump:

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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:

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