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Anyone who really knows me knows that I love field recordings of amateur musicians singing traditional songs from memory. It only recently occurred to me that I could be making these myself. The oral folk song tradition seems broken but it isn’t as broken as what I thought it was. It is persistent and it pops up where you do not expect. The following is my four year old daughter singing songs, the melodies she learned from her “Apple toy” and the words from her mother, me and YouTube.  And though she never remembers the murder ballads and outlaw songs I sing for her, the songs from the apple stuck.

The Old Country Church by The Truelight Trio

There is virtually nothing on the Internet about the Truelight trio except a brief mention in a bluegrass discography, a YouTube video of the first track of this album, and a group of the same name singing at a senior center somewhere in Tennessee. And although it is not the one of my favorite or quirkiest albums, it is definitely one of the most listenable.

From 1965 or 1966.

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The Truelight Trio – front
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The Truelight Trio – back


Songs:
The Old Country Church

You’re Drifting Away

Rank Stranger

A Pretty Wreath for Mother’s Grave

Voice of My Savior

Heaven

He Said if I Be Lifted UP

You Never Mentioned Him to Me

The Old Cross Road

Is There Room For Me

Pray the Clouds Away

The Ship That Is Sailing by Me

Wayne and Dretha Sing – There’s nothing to Compare … with the peace of God

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“Upon the many requests from family and friends, Wayne Owen and Dretha Utter have gotten together to make this, their second LP album. This brother and sister team traveled together for many years in evangelistic work and since their marriages many miles now separate them.” -Rev. Bob Utter, Kansas City Kansas.

1. There’s Nothing to Compare

2. Are You Expecting Jesus Tonight

3. I want to Get a Little Bit Closer

4. I Need Jesus

5. It’s Me Again Lord

6. The Holy Ghost

7. Come on Home

8. I’m Climbing Higher

9.You’ll Need Someone

10. God Can Do Anything But Fail

11. This Could Be the Hour

12. Take My Hand Precious Lord