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Hard Trials

by Lost Radio Rounders

Classic gospel sung by the premier Acoustic American Roots duo, accompanied by a variety of instruments.
Genre: Folk: Appalachian Folk
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  Song Share Time Download
1. Hard Trials
2:19 $0.99
2. Death Don't Have No Mercy
3:40 $0.99
3. Sign of Judgment
3:44 $0.99
4. No, Not One
2:12 $0.99
5. Fall On the Rock
2:51 $0.99
6. What Are They Doing in Heaven Today?
3:34 $0.99
7. That's All Right
2:59 $0.99
8. In My Time of Dying
2:08 $0.99
9. I Am a Pilgrim
2:27 $0.99
10. I Wouldn't Mind Dying
2:43 $0.99
11. Leaning On the Everlasting Arms
2:54 $0.99
12. Six Feet of Earth Makes Us All of One Size
1:31 $0.99
13. The Lone Pilgrim
2:53 $0.99
14. There Is a Balm in Gilead
2:51 $0.99
15. Revelation 21:4
0:35 $0.99
16. Freight Train
2:50 $0.99
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Album Notes
Combining history and harmony in a fresh, exciting way, Lost Radio Rounders keep classic folk music alive for modern audiences. The popular Acoustic American Roots duo, featuring Tom Lindsay and Michael Eck, is hailed as one of the most dynamic live acts in the Northeast, balancing spontaneous humor, sharp musicianship and a passion for the story behind the song, whether playing at Caffe Lena, Troy Music Hall, The Flurry or The Linda.

Together since 2007, Lost Radio Rounders—called “versatile and deep” by the Daily Gazette and “absolute professionals with huge talent” by the Times Union—have issued a number of discs documenting those engaging stage performances. But now, Lindsay and Eck break new ground with the group’s first studio album, Hard Trials.

Known for themed programs ranging from surveys of landmark folk song collections by Carl Sandburg and Alan Lomax, to olios of campfire songs and patriotic ballads, with Hard Trials Lost Radio Rounders expands on its flagship program, The Gospel Train, to further explore the great tradition of American spiritual music.

Prompted by the illness and death of Lindsay’s mother, Hard Trials features 16 songs about the journey home. It is by turns somber, poignant and inspiring.

“The topic may seem serious,” Lindsay says, “but every song and every performance is built on joy. There is an arc here, and Hard Trials is, ultimately, an uplifting album dedicated to an incredible woman with a welcoming and generous heart.”

Selections include Rounders-style takes on Rev. Gary Davis’ “Death Don’t Have No Mercy,” the Watervliet Shaker laboring song “Fall on the Rock” and the eternal folk hymn “I Am a Pilgrim,” with Lindsay and Eck sharing lead vocal duties and, together, playing a variety of over a dozen acoustic instruments.

“We are a live act,” Eck says, “but sitting down in the studio to make this disc not only brought us back to our own roots, but made us stronger as players and performers. We’re very proud of this record.”

1. Hard Trials This spiritual, famously sung by Marian Anderson, reminds us that we are all “bound to leave this land.”

2. Death Don’t Have No Mercy From the repertoire of Harlem street singer Reverend Gary Davis, who introduced it to the Grateful Dead and Hot Tuna.

3. Sign Of Judgment “I don’t like old Satan!” An obscure but wonderful meditation from 1930, by bluesman Kid Prince Moore

4. No, Not One The 1895 hymn There’s Not A Friend Like The Lowly Jesus grew and changed in the black church tradition.

5. Fall On The Rock A 19th century “laboring song” of the Watervliet Shakers.

6. What Are They Doing In Heaven Today? Texas gospel singer Washington Phillips cut this turn-of-the-century Charles A. Tindley elegy in 1928.

7. That’s All Right A Gullah spiritual collected by folklorist Guy Carawan on John’s Island, South
Carolina. A strangely beautiful lullaby about death, and what comes next.

8. In My Time Of Dying Instructions for when we leave this world. Covered by everyone from Blind Willie Johnson and Josh White to Bob Dylan and Led Zeppelin.

9. I Am A Pilgrim “I’ve got a home in that yonder city.” An old brush arbor song adapted and popularized by Merle Travis.

10. I Wouldn’t Mind Dying “By and by, we’re all going to see the King.” The Carter Family tracked this African-American gospel blues in 1932.

11. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms An 1887 hymn from prolific Georgia singing teacher Anthony Showalter, who enlisted Elisha Hoffman to complete lyrics prompted by letters from heavy-hearted students.

12. Six Feet Of Earth Makes Us All Of One Size Even small acts of kindness are remembered. Recorded by bluegrass pioneer Ola Belle Reed.

13. The Lone Pilgrim “Weep not for me, now I’m gone.” From William “Singing Billy” Walker’s shape-note songbook, The Southern Harmony, 1847.

14. There Is A Balm In Gilead In the 1870s, The Fisk Jubilee Singers introduced spirituals to the international stage. The Prophet Jeremiah asks, “Is there no balm in Gilead?” The answer is a definitive ‘yes.’

15. Revelation 21:4 A promise has been given; these things shall pass.

16. Freight Train A resting place by the rails is one folksinger’s request.



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