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The Hillbilly Thomists

by The Hillbilly Thomists

Old bluegrass classics, great folk standards, and a dash of Scotch-Irish instrumental music, all brought to you by a band of Dominican friars.
Genre: Folk: Traditional Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Leaning on the Everlasting Arms
2:46 album only
2. Angel Band
3:56 album only
3. What Woud You Give in Exchange for Your Soul?
3:11 album only
4. Poor Wayfaring Stranger
4:20 album only
5. Amazing Grace
2:26 album only
6. I'm a Dog
4:36 album only
7. Steal Away
3:44 album only
8. St. Anne's Reel
1:56 album only
9. What a Friend We Have in Jesus
2:13 album only
10. What Wondrous Love Is This
4:57 album only
11. To Canaan's Land
2:30 album only
12. Just a Closer Walk with Thee
4:16 album only
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Album Notes
In 1955, the southern author Flannery O’Connor said of herself, “Everybody who has read Wise Blood thinks I’m a hillbilly nihilist, whereas...I’m a hillbilly Thomist.” She said that her fiction was concerned with the ways grace is at work among people who do not have access to the sacraments. The Thomist (one who follows the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas) believes that the invisible grace of God can be at work in visible things, just as the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, in the person of Christ.

Traditional bluegrass music is playful and energetic; along with American folk music, it often contains explicitly theological themes: belief in Christ, the goodness of life, the pain of unrequited love, the finality of death, and hope in eternal life. It is a traditional southern form of testimony to the presence of grace in the human heart. So when it is played by Dominicans who study Thomas Aquinas, there is no doubt that what comes about as a result is Hillbilly Thomism.

In this album, we will present some old bluegrass classics, some great folk standards, and a dash of Scotch-Irish instrumental music. We hope you like it, and find it a source of simple joy.



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