Sunday, October 16, 2005

Stained Glass Bluegrass

For over thirty years, bluegrass fans in the Washington D.C. area have awakened on Sunday mornings to the gospel sounds of "Stained Glass Bluegrass" on WAMU. As a youngster I couldn't imagine starting a Sunday morning any other way. When I left home in the late '70s I continued the tradition of starting Sunday mornings with Bluegrass Gospel. Was it guilt for not attending church? Could have been, maybe just a childhood ritual that felt comfortable. A security blanket in three-part harmony.

You may remember the young Peasall Sisters from their rendition of "In the Highways" on the "O Brother, Where Art Thou?" soundtrack. Their music has matured in the past few years. Their beautiful and gentle three-part harmonies blend as only siblings can.
The Peasall Sisters - Home To You

The Merritts rural, laid-back songs, recorded at home in Milledgeville, Georgia with the late Randy Howard harken back to a simpler time, when most music was homemade.
The Merritts - The Reckoning Time

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