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The Gospel Edge

Stirring the soul with Buddy Miller, Gillian & Dave, T-Bone Burnett, Van Morrison, Mike Farris, Mavis Staples and other practitioners of cutting-edge roots gospel. Music for body and spirit, without hidden political agendas or commercial crap.

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It's about time

Considering that Uncle Tupelo’s reworking of a gospel song inspired the name of the magazine and hence this site, I’m surprised a group like this doesn’t exist already. If you’re into gospel-influenced Americana – classic or cutting edge – please join in our conversation. There’s a long and rich musical heritage out there already, with younger artists building on it every day. (Dare I plug the oxymoronic Band of Heathens here?)

Keep the faith – let’s rock! What’s stirring your soul these days?

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Best gospel (ish) song by non-gospel artists 2 Replies

I’ve seen posts like this pop up elsewhere on ND, so I’ll give it a shot. Call it "Gospel Edge" founder’s privilege.What are your favorite roots gospel (or strongly gospel-influenced) songs by…Continue

Started by Bruce Borgerson. Last reply by Victoria Woodworth Feb 14.

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Comment by Bruce Borgerson on Tuesday

Jesse Winchester died last week.  It hit me hard.  It’s a tremendous loss, yet his essence is now in a place free from the physical ravages of cancer.

Jesse distanced himself from any formal ties to Christianity, but the influence on his songwriting is inescapable.  It starts with his heartfelt acapella version of Martha Carson’s “You Can’t Stand Up” on Learn to Love It.  It’s there in “Let the Rough Side Drag” (“What a good thing the Lord above has done…”). And during his later period, in “Let’s Make a Baby King” on Humor Me.

Jesse’s music always reflected absolute honesty and integrity, along with a soulful earthiness that connected the body and the spirit.  When I was wandering in my post-psychedelic desert, Jesse helped me reconnect with what is real and true in the gospel of Jesus Christ.  Thanks, Jesse.  Put on your golden slippers and pick up your new guitar.

Anybody else here touched by his music?  Particular songs?

Comment by Rex De Long on February 9, 2014 at 1:21am

Looking fwd to that announcement, Terry.  You know I'll be there at The Coffee Gallery . . . one of my favorite venues. 

Comment by Terry Roland on February 9, 2014 at 1:12am

Lost Dogs are great!  What album is that on, Jim? 

Comment by Jim Moulton on February 9, 2014 at 1:07am

Lots of bluegrass groups ad bluegrass, but I liked that song by the Lost Dogs, "That's Where Jesus Lives"

Jim

Comment by Terry Roland on February 9, 2014 at 12:34am

Hey Rex....announcement coming in couple of days of a tribute to Pete Seeger I'm producing at Coffee Gallery. John will be there with Carla Olson among others..hoping for John Jorgensen...but he's unsure of his schedule. would love to get together and play some guitar and sing and stuff. 

Comment by Rex De Long on February 8, 2014 at 11:32pm

Doing quite well, Terry.  And yes, I'm gonna stick around.  Your writing style is priceless; your observations illuminating; and your sense of history admirable.  When we last saw one another at John York's Fullerton CA program, 'twas a joy.

Have you read Billy Joe  Shaver's book laying out his life experiences?  Seeing/Hearing him in San Diego was an experience.  He pulls no punches w/ his Faith.  It sure comes across in his music.  He's the strongest example coming to mind that Christians are subject to all the weaknesses of the flesh [as Scripture tells us]  But he also overcame - another victory for The Spirit.

See you soon, my brother!

Comment by Terry Roland on February 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

Hey Rex!  Always good to see your name online and, of course, the best to see you in person. I just talked with Richie Furay yesterday about new projects he's got lined up. Made me think of you!  I love your piano bar story!  That's the way to be salt out there!  Hope you're doing well.  Stick around!  

Comment by Rex De Long on February 8, 2014 at 5:59pm

Thanks for the 'welcome' Bruce.  I've been enjoying 'No Depression' since the first print edition.  When the switch to online came, I still enjoyed all the folks.  

Terry Roland and I have been buddies for quite a time [Great Writer]  Just had to finally get off the bench and into the action - finally.  Bless Your Heart for this group!

Comment by Bruce Borgerson on February 8, 2014 at 5:39pm

Hey, The Gospel Edge lives!  Welcome aboard, Rex.

I suppose I should hang out here more often, just to keep things moving.  So...

A couple weeks ago I was listening to one of the Americana buttons on Tune In when I heard an uplifting tune by Maria Mulduar, "I Done Made Up My Mind." Well done, but checking it out on You Tube I discovered another version by Aaron Neville, which I liked even more.  Now, I'm not a big fan of Aaron, but this gospel album -- produced by Joe Henry -- is very sweet and heartfelt.  It's called "I Know I've Been Changed."  Check it out. Been around about four years.

Comment by Rex De Long on February 8, 2014 at 5:25pm

Thanks for the invite indeed, Terry.  Been too long just an observer.  Eager for the next time you and I can stand in some parking lot for two hours plus and just fellowship, as we've done in the past.

Back in '86 I played a piano bar for a year,  just before going on staff as a Music Minister under Pastor Chuck Smith.  Sure I played a gang of covers, but also a gang of Amy Grant and others of that era.  Wouldn't say anything, just do the songs.  Gang of originals, too - many of the same persuasion.

Rather surprised that, whenever I took a break and went to the bar for some coffee, the bartender and cocktail waitress would stop talking.   They'd been swapping dirty jokes.  Guess they picked up on the songs.

Even a food waitress out in the dining room came in a few times to ask me Biblical questions for answers to cross-word puzzles.  Guess those food waitress picked up on the songs, too.

So yes, go out and play wherever you feel comfortable.  Sneak those 'Christian' songs in.  They *will* minister!  Ain't that fine!?

 

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