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great pick, BD --an old gospel classic like that, a body can listen to some other knock out performances and get renew sense of boundless space. or something, words fail.
This one seems cheesy at first --i mean, primitive art, angel themes. But Jars of Clay --the band --is sublime, esp if you use the earphones and pick up the vocal harmonies. And then after a moment you realize that the art plates are very different and from all over the world, and by people who clearly believe in angels. And then you might have a thought yourself. The thought i had was, i may have trouble believing in angels, but i have no trouble at all believing in people who believe in angels, and people who try to emulate angels. Whatever the relationship, they will respect it and take it seriously.
...and then there's this big roomful of old timey folks singing the song along with gospel luminaries Kim Hopper and David Phelps, and just plain blowing out the stops :
Gillian Welch and the frankly unbelievable acompani, accompanie, well the guy that backs her up and sings along at times, sublimely, picker David Rawlings at St. Lukes in London --they do "I'll Fly Away" somewhere in this mix --
Lighter, but sophisticated, because with just the two of them, there are no limits. Since they are practically joined at the hip at this point, the performance is astonishing.
And here's the best single mike group performance I've heard in fifty years. The breaks on Ruby are entirely different. The sound and cinematography are much better. Remarkable for what must have been a single take, actually.
Besides David and Gillian, there are three members from the Old Crow Medicine Show, including the leader, Ketch Secor, who have been touring with them in the US and Europe. They clearly realize they're participating in greatness!
We caught the act in Portsmouth, NH last fall. It was the best performance I've ever seen, and I go back to the Newport Folk Festivals and Club 47. At the end, with the hall half empty and the stage dark, they came back and did an a capella version of Go To Sleep Little Baby. No mikes, no lights, working as a tight group at the edge of the stage. A remarkable ending.
If you get a chance to hear the Machine, don't miss it!
the singer, Iris Dement ("eye crazy"?) is apparently well known in country gospel (she got the movie gig after all) tho until the film i'd never heard of her. She has a very unique voice, maybe too unique for some folks who (judging by youtube comments) take her spare, nasal, lonesome coloration as the very thing they did not want to hear in the movie, and don't want to sound like as a singer.
For me, it was love at first sight --the old timey way off yonder mountain singsong.
Here she is with two non-True Grit-related songs --both i've just found in the last day or three since BD posted the I'll Fly Away and it sent me off into them fantastical thralls of the youtube.