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: 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: Ain’ a That Good News by The St. Olaf Choir

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Anton Armstrong The St. Olaf choir is one of the premier a capella college choirs in the United States. In this track,  directed by Anton Armstrong, they perform one of the spritituals of William L. Dawson, “Ain a That Good News.”  The choir sings, “I heard about Him one day /He washed my sins away /Ain’t you heard about Him? / The cross is good news.” Listen to it after the jump:

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