“I had the pleasure and honor yet again to rap with the American Songster himself, Dom Flemons, who pulls from traditions of old-time folk music, about the show he performed in and hosted to honor the legendary Folk Singer Huddie William Ledbetter, AKA Leadbelly at the Leadbelly fest in February at Carnegie Hall.
To send him home, Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. requested a modern gospel composition performed by its greatest singer. In 1968, Mahalia Jackson sang out of pain, she sang out of praise, at both the funeral at Ebenezer Baptist Church and the memorial at Morehouse College. She was a large black woman with a kind and pleasant face. When she opened her voice and unleashed this powerful praise music, she vocalized the sentiments that form the foundation of the modern black church:
Precious Lord, take my hand,Lead me on, let me stand.I’m tired, I’m weak, I’m ’lone.Through the storm, through the night,Lead me on to the light.Take my hand, precious Lord,Lead me home.
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Photo Credits: Tim Duffy
Welcome to my brand new website, TheAmericanSongster.com!
I now have an official website that will bring together all of my various ventures in the world of traditional music. This includes articles, videos, discographies and other pieces of my adventures around the United States and the World!
As this is a brand new website, please look around at all of the special features that my team has put together for fans of my music and also good music. You can also find information about my shows and appearances.
If you have checked in with my social media via Facebook, Instagram and Twitter you know that I post various videos and articles about music that I think would be of interest to fans of my music.
Make sure to come by and visit often as there will be a lot more coming from the team here at The American Songster!
Here’s to the Year of the Folksinger! It still moves on forward! We’ll catch you all down the road!
This month I’m going to be getting back on the road with my good friends, Old Crow Medicine Show!
It is such a pleasure to be able to share the stage with these gentlemen!
Just to recap for folks who don’t know my connection with this Grammy-Award Winning Band:
In 2004, I was living in Phoenix, Arizona, my hometown. I picked up a copy of Old Crow’s album, “O.C.M.S.” and my mind was blown. I had been performing folk songs for several years by that point but I heard Old Crow and knew that this was a band that was destined for greatness. Years later, I met Willie Watson at a festival gig when I was playing with the Carolina Chocolate Drops. Willie introduced me the rest of the band and I have been friends with them all since. It brings me so much joy to be able to not only play music with musicians I truly respect but to be able to call these musicians my friends as well. This will be a dozen shows with them at this point.
I will be featuring the Trio at these shows. Brian Farrow will be on the bass and fiddle while Dante Pope will be playing drums and rhythm bones!
The Trio was featured last year in their music video “Brushy Mountain Conjugal Trailer” from their Grammy-winning 2014 album, Remedy.
We’ll be playing on these dates:
August 11: GIlloz Theater- Springfield, MO
August 12: The Rococo Theatre- Lincoln, Nebraska
August 22: Salt Lake City, UT
The new year has started off with a bang! I am thrilled about so many
exciting opportunities that I’ve already had and I look forward to
many new adventures down the road.
I wanted to recap some of the wonderful shows, travel locations and
achievements I’ve made so far in 2016.