This CD is called “Vessel” as a way to recognize the role taken on by ballad, or “love song” singers, as they are called in parts
of Appalachia. Love songs are held, taught and passed from person to person, body to body. With each transfer the song is molded and refitted
to the character of the singer. Thus, each song is at once unique and ubiquitous, ancient and new. I am honored to be a vessel for these songs for my short time here, to let them pass through my body
onto others, connecting to a community across years uncountable and yet uncounted.
Here you will find a mix of songs from a variety of traditions, including Appalachian ballads, Baptist lining-out, camp meeting tunes, Irish and African-American church songs.
released July 1, 2013
Recording, Editing and Mastering by Brian Claflin.
Produced by Saro Lynch-Thomason and Brian Claflin.