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Steady Love: A Collection of Psalms

by Charles Pettee

The first of four FolkPsalm projects which feature stunning vocal harmonies and strong original acoustic folk music arrangements for nine Old Testament Psalms, aiming to bring to life the spiritual valleys and vistas these ancient poems describe so well.
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Psalm 144: Refuge
4:10 $0.99
2. Psalm 37: The Desires of Your Heart
3:37 $0.99
3. Psalm 136: Steady Love
3:18 $0.99
4. Interlude A
1:04 $0.99
5. Psalm 130: The Watchman
3:43 $0.99
6. Psalm 88: Full of Troubles
4:50 $0.99
7. Psalm 55: Wings of a Dove
5:06 $0.99
8. Interlude B
1:06 $0.99
9. Psalm 19: The Glory of God
4:46 $0.99
10. Psalm 67: Thanksgiving for the Harvest
3:30 $0.99
11. Psalm 118: This Is the Day
3:30 $0.99
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Album Notes
FolkPsalm is a musical exploration of the Book of Psalms led by lifelong bluegrass musician Charles Pettee, (founding member of Flying Fish recording artist The Shady Grove Band). FolkPsalm performs at churches and festivals throughout the Southeast, and has performed repeatedly at NC’s prestigious MerleFest, and holds the distinction of being the only bluegrass-based ensemble ever to perform at Duke University’s Duke Chapel. Pettee became fascinated with the Psalter back in 2001 when it occurred to him that these ancient Hebrew prayers were, originally, and essentially, folk songs, (i.e., works of the oral tradition of an agrarian people), as well as radically inclusive and transformational sacred texts. As a composer whose works have aired in over 20 countries, as well as satellite and TV transmissions, Pettee set out to render these poems in a bluegrass-based style, (“as the ancient Hebrews intended,” he winks). The goal in these musical settings is to allow us today to experience these prayer songs in as unaffected manner as the original participants, i.e., in his words, “to make it harder for one to take these literally and easier for one to open one’s heart to the spiritual vistas and valleys that the Psalms describe so well.”. The first CD “Steady Love” received accolades from critics, pastors, and fans alike in 2002. Thus the group Charles Pettee & FolkPsalm was born. Their third CD “The Way of Manna – Agrarian Songs from the Bible for the Care of Creation” was released in 2010, and features a booklet of thought-provoking essays by Professor Ellen Davis of Duke Divinity School, a longtime consultant for Pettee’s translations into song lyrics. The FolkPsalm Trio (Charles Pettee, guitar and vocals; fiddler and vocalist Elizabeth Bahnson of Brevard, NC, who was herself a founding member of the highly successful group the Steep Canyon Rangers, and vocalist Brittany Whitmire, a life-long singer and western NC native who, along with her husband, owns Busy Bee Farms of Rosamond, NC), was thrilled to participate at the 2013 Wild Goose Festival!



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