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Church Songs: Sung and Played on the Piano by Little Brother Montgomery

Church Songs: Sung and Played on the Piano by Little Brother Montgomery

Best known as a blues pianist/singer, Little Brother Montgomery (1906—1985), born in Louisiana, performed in a variety of southern locales before eventually settling in Chicago. This recording is his first album of religious songs. His relaxed, easygoing piano playing never overpowers his singing, absent on only two tracks. (“Veil of Beulah” is a piano solo, and “He'll Understand” features an unidentified female vocalist.) He also is accompanied on other tracks by backup singers and an unobtrusive guitar.

Liner notes by blues historian and biographer Stephen Calt explore African American religious song, provide information on some of the specific selections, and present a biography of Little Brother Montgomery.

This is the third and final recording Montgomery made for Folkways; the earlier two emphasized the blues (FW03527 and FW31014).

Track Listing

101
Rock of Ages Little Brother Montgomery 2:10
102
Zion of God Little Brother Montgomery 1:30
103
Wilderness Little Brother Montgomery 2:10
104
He'll Understand Little Brother Montgomery 2:52
105
I Got a Father Little Brother Montgomery 3:16
106
This Train Little Brother Montgomery 3:13
107
When the Saints Go Marching In Little Brother Montgomery 3:33
108
God Be with You Little Brother Montgomery 2:41
201
Veil of Beulah Little Brother Montgomery 3:54
202
Study War No More (Down by the Riverside) Little Brother Montgomery 2:23
203
Over on that Evergreen Shore Little Brother Montgomery 1:53
204
In the Blood Little Brother Montgomery 1:53
205
Just Got Over at Last Little Brother Montgomery 2:23
206
It Pays to Serve Jesus Little Brother Montgomery 3:34
207
She Has Gone to Heaven Little Brother Montgomery 2:59
208
I'll Be There Little Brother Montgomery 2:40

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