This recording includes old time Appalachian songs, fiddle-and-banjo tunes, hymns, and contemporary songs written by Kate Wolf, Sam Gleaves, and Deborah Payne. Deborah and Sam are joined by a stellar group of musicians and singers including Michael Cleveland, Tim Lancaster, and Ruth McLain.
ABOUT DEBORAH AND SAM:
A shared love of traditional music brought Deborah and Sam together. Deborah was born and raised in Berea, Kentucky, a small town at the foothills of the Cumberland mountains. Sam grew up in Wytheville, Virginia, a small town at the foothills of the Blue Ridge mountains. Deborah and Sam were immersed in folk music and dance communities and began playing music early in life. Both studied at Berea College and performed with the Berea College Bluegrass Ensemble, directed by Al White. The Berea music community gave the central threads of Deborah and Sam’s musical partnership, and much of the repertoire on this recording was gathered in Berea. Deborah and Sam began performing together in 2013. Separately, they have performed all over the globe and together, they have played concerts and festivals throughout the U.S.A. In 2016, Deborah and Sam collaborated with acclaimed writer Silas House as part of the folk opera IN THESE FIELDS, commissioned by the Southern Foodways Alliance. This is their first recording as a duo. For more info., please visit www.SamGleaves.com
ABOUT THE SONGS:
“Ezekiel Saw the Wheel” is from the singing of Sparky and Rhonda Rucker.
Deborah learned "Hawk’s Got a Chicken and Gone” from Belle Jackson, who learned the tune from Lily May Ledford.
"Blessing” is part of the folk opera IN THESE FIELDS, a collaboration with writer Silas House that was commissioned by the Southern Foodways Alliance.
“Rachel’s Song” was written for Rachel Garringer in honor of Country Queers, her ongoing oral history project.
Our version of "Sweet Rivers of Redeeming Love" comes from the McLain Family Band. We are overjoyed that Ruth McLain sings and plays on this recording.
“She Rang the Bells” was written in memory of Deborah’s mother, Marlene Payne.
“Jubilee” is a play-party game song from the singing of Jean Ritchie and the Ritchie family.
“Welcome as the Flowers in May” is dedicated to Sheila Kay Adams, Bobby McMillon, and Larah Helayne.
"Churchill's" was written for Mary Ann and Bill West in celebration of the Churchill Weavers building in Berea, Kentucky.