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Frank Newsome CD Re-release, featuring Jim Lauderdale
July 8, 2018 @ 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm$18 – $20
Doors 6:30 / Show 7:00 PM
The Front Porch and The Virginia Folklife Program, in celebration of Frank Newsome’s CD Re-Release, present Frank Newsome with special guest Jim Lauderdale. The Virginia Folklife Program at Virginia Humanities announces the re-release of National Heritage Fellow Reverend Frank Newsome’s album Gone Away with a Friend on Free Dirt Records on June 29, 2018.
Virginia State Folklorist Jon Lohman and renowned country artist Jim Lauderdale recorded the album ten years ago in one summer evening in the tiny community of Haysi, Virginia, as part of the Virginia Folklife Program’s critically acclaimed Crooked Road CD Series. Gone Away with a Friend showcases Newsome’s remarkable hymn singing and is a testament to one of the oldest and deepest streams of American roots music.
The unalloyed, affecting hymns on Gone Away with a Friend, sung in the old tradition of lined out hymnody, come from the services of Kentucky and Virginia Old Regular Baptists. Living in the deep, beating heart of Appalachia, these hymns date all the way back to the British Isles, and the brutally stark way of singing them—in what has become known as the high lonesome sound—comes from there as well.
The art of the American folk hymn lives strong in Frank Newsome. A minister since 1972, Newsome regularly leads his congregation in spirited sermons that blur the lines between speech and song. Since no instruments are mentioned in the New Testament, Old Regular Baptists eschew them and their songs are wholly a cappella. There is no meter to their songs and the lines of the song well up in Newsome’s voice from the sermon. The congregation joins him on each line, the melodies old and haunting, the overall feeling, however, one of joy and relief. It’s a remarkable sound, a sound out of time. But it’s made by men and women who toil long hours and whose vision of God is transportative.
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Jim Lauderdale is both a “songwriter’s songwriter,” who’s written/co-written many modern classics for iconic artists, as well as an intuitive sideman, who’s enhanced the music of a bevy of esteemed musicians. As a solo artist, he’s created a body work spanning 29 albums of imaginative roots music, encompassing country, bluegrass, soul, R&B and rock, as well as helping pave the way for the current Americana movement.
A longtime ambassador of the Americana genre, Jim received the WagonMaster Lifetime Achievement Award, presented by George Strait, on Wednesday, September 21, 2016, as part of the 15th annual Americana Honors & Awards.
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This event is sponsored by The Virginia Folklife Program, a public program of Virginia Humanities, which is dedicated to the documentation, presentation, support, and celebration of Virginia’s rich cultural heritage. For more than twenty-five years, the program has documented the Commonwealth’s music and material traditions and shared those histories through hands-on workshops, performances, exhibitions, audio and video recordings, and apprenticeships across Virginia. For more information, visit VirginiaFolklife.org.