Gospel by the Weavers
The Weavers are folk music. Like Woody Guthrie, their name is synonymous with what folk music is. They did not sing for money, but for what they believe.
No one ever thought of the Weavers as a faith-driven group. They are nowhere on the Larry Norman-> Michael W Smith-> Sara Groves Christian music continuum. What they have done, though, is collect the most popular Christian folk songs and play them well.
This is a coffee house collection. This is crowd pleasing and not always obvious as spiritual songs ("If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)"). There are none of the great hymns like "Amazing Grace," "How Great Thou Art," or even, "Be Thou My Vision." Too bad. I can only dream of what Peter Seeger and company could have done.
I love "Go Where I Send Thee," and suspect I am not alone in my appreciation of "When The Saints Go Marching In". The Weaver's version of "In That New Jerusalem" is so part of our public consciousness that it is easy to forget it is laden with lyrics drawn from the Book of Revelations.
Michael Row The Boat Ashore
Follow The Drinking Gourd
On My Journey
I've Got A Home In That Rock
In That New Jerusalem
When The Stars Begin To Fall
Run, Come See, Jerusalem
If I Had A Hammer (The Hammer Song)
You Made Me A Pallet On The Floor
Twelve Gates To The City
Go Where I Send Thee (One For The Little Bitty Baby)
When The Saints Go Marching In
I fully recommend The Weavers "Gospel" as a fun addition to both folk and Christian music collections.
Oh Sinner Man - A tribute concert to Harold Leventhal.
When The Saints Go Marching In - The Weavers