A Closer Walk with Thee

Named one of Guitar Player's Ten Best Albums, A Closer Walk with Thee showcases Martin Simpson's phenomenal finger-picking, slide and melodic guitar work. This instrumental collection features interpretations of hymns, spirituals and camp meeting songs from the American Gospel tradition.

Liner Notes, Song List

A Closer Walk With Thee
Click to hear a clip of Satan, Your Kingdom Must Come Down.
Click to hear a clip of Wondrous Love.
Click to hear a clip of A Closer Walk With Thee.
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Wondrous Love
Click to hear a clip of Saints Delight.
Click to hear a clip of Ecstasy.
Click to hear a clip of New Britain (Amazing Grace)
Wondrous Love

The American shape note tradition has produced an incomparable treasury of music -- strong, haunting harmonies deeply rooted in the folk tradition, imbued with the fervent sprit of faith and fellowship. Barry and Shelley Phillips have created instrumental arrangements of 21 tunes from The Sacred Harp, one of the most beloved of the "songsters," as the shape note collections were called. The exquisite combinations of cello, harp, flute, oboe, fiddle, guitar, dulcimers, banjo and more feature guest players including William Coulter, Martin Simpson, and Robin Petrie, on songs from the eternally inspiring Amazing Grace (called "New Britain" in The Sacred Harp) to lesser known treasures.

Liner Notes, Song List

I Know who Holds Tomorrow
The Cox Family includes daddy Willard, son Sidney and three daughters, Suzanne, Evelyn, and Lynn. Krauss, Suzanne and Evelyn take nine of the dozen lead vocals and with the backing of the Cox Family voices. Krauss has picked the hymns from a wide variety of sources—Paul Simon, Loretta Lynn, Thomas Dorsey and Dottie Rambo.—Geoffrey Himes
In the Garden

Timeless Gospel favorites on HD from Sam Rizetts. Featuring autoharp, pipe organ, and guitar. Selections include: Amazing Grace, In the Sweet By and By, Shall We Gather at the River, and The Battle Hymn of the Republic.