Sacred Music

The following represents a sample of Sacred music from the Folklife Collection.
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1. A Charge to Keep I Have - Greater Shiloh Missionary Baptist Church (Download)

Recorded: February 16, 1985 by Kathleen Figgen (Florida Folklife Program)
St. Johns River Survey
Palatka, Florida
(S 1714, reel 31)


2. Traditional Seminole Song - Rev. Josie Billie (Download)

Recorded: May 2, 1959 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1959 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-87)

Josie Billie was a member of the Florida Seminole people.


3. One Day at a Time - Tom Walton (Download)

Recorded: May 29, 1988 (Florida Folklife Program)
1988 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T88-39)


4. This Little Light of Mine - Tom Walton (Download)

Recorded: May 29, 1988 (Florida Folklife Program)
1988 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T88-39)


5. How Tedious and Tasteless the Hours - White Springs Shape Note Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 7, 1954 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1954 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T76-4)


6. In the Land Where We'll Never Grow Old - James Cleveland Moore Sr. (Download)

Recorded: May 3, 1959 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1959 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T77-87)


7. By and By/Swing Down Chariot - The Williams Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 27, 1988 by Nancy Buchanan (Florida Folklife Program)
1988 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S1576, reel T88-16)

An a capella gospel sextet.


8. That Old Time Religion - Julia Dawson (Download)

A former slave recounts her life and sings.
Recorded: May 1, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1955 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T76-11)


9. I'm Going to Die with the Staff in My Hand - Amigo Male Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 2, 1958 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1958 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-68)


10. Where Could I Go But to the Lord - Progressive Seven Shaped Note Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 18, 1980 by Dwight Devane (Florida Folklife Program)
Florida Record Project
Crestview, Florida
(S 1576, reel T83-85)


11. Somewhere to Lay My Head - Williams Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 27, 1988 (Florida Folklife Program)
1988 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T88-16)


12. I Prayed Until I Found the Lord - Richard Williams, Lillie Williams, & Ella Mae Wilson (Download)

Recorded: March 16,1980 by Dwight Devane (Florida Folklife Program)
Performance at Richard William's home
Newberry, Florida
Florida Record Project
(S1576, reel T83-65)


13. Amazing Grace - Florida-Alabama Progressive Seven-Shape Note Singing Convention (Download)

Recorded: May 18, 1980 by Dwight DeVane (Florida Folklife Program)
Florida Record Project
Crestview, Florida
(S 1576, reel T83-83)


14. I've Got Heaven On My Mind - Hickory Bottom Harmoneers (Download)

Recorded: May 1, 1955 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1955 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T76-12B)


15. Babylon Is Falling Down - Deacon Dan Smith w/Nick Hallman & the Georgia Sea Island Singers (Download)

Recorded: August 30, 1975 (Stephen Foster Center)
1975 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T79-18)


16. I Can't Even Walk Without You Holding My Hand - The Cisrow Gospel Allstars (Download)

Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program)
Golden Gospel Concert
Orlando, Florida
(S 1576, reel T85-151)


17. Jesus Met the Woman at the Well - The Versiteers (Download)

Recorded: May 27, 1995 (Florida Folklife Program)
1995 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, tape D95-41)


18. Soon I Will Be Done - Amigo Male Singers (Download)

Recorded: May 2, 1958 by Foster Barnes (Stephen Foster Center)
1958 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-68)


19. Wasn't That a Mystery - Madison County Senior Center (Download)

Recorded: April 19, 1983 by Nancy Nusz (Florida Folklife Program)
Rural Folks Arts in Education
Madison County Senior Citizen Center
Madison, Florida
(S 1576, tape C84-58)


20. Excerpt from Church Service - Testerina Primitive Baptist Church (Download)

Recorded: May 11, 1980 by Dwight DeVane & Doris Dyen (Florida Folklife Program)
Florida Record Project
Seville, Florida
(S 1576, reel T83-89)


21. Daniel in the Lion's Den - Bessie Jones and The Georgia Sea Island Singers (Download)

Recorded: August 29, 1975 (Stephen Foster Center)
1975 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T79-15)


22. I'm In His Care - The Washington Singers (Download)

Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program)
Golden Gospel Concert
Orlando, Florida
(S 1576, reel T85-151)


23. Jesus Be a Fence Around Me - Antioch Junior Choir (Download)

Recorded: May 1970 (Stephen Foster Center)
970 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-214)


24. Jesus is Coming Soon - Dixie Hummingbirds (Download)

Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program)
Golden Gospel Concert
Orlando, Florida
(S 1576, reel T85-153)


25. Come and Go To That Land - The Religionaires (Download)

Recorded: September 15, 1985 by Peggy Bulger (Florida Folklife Program)
Golden Gospel Concert
Orlando, Florida
(S 1576, reel T85-152)


26. The Peaceful Death of the Righteous - Troy Demps, James Robinson, & Frank Spaulding (Download)

Recorded: May 28, 2004 (Florida Park Service)
2004 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
Library Folklife Program
(S 2034, disc CD04-91)


27. There's a Bright Side Somewhere - Reatha Pearl Marshall (Download)

Recorded: September 5, 1976 (Stephen Foster Center)
1976 Florida Folk Festival
White Springs, Florida
(S 1576, reel T77-255)


28. Buffalo Song - Richard and Robert Osceola, Naha Tiger, John Josh, Barfield Johns and Billy Bowlegs (AFS3893B2) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Mayport and Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-253)


29. Catfish Song - John Josh and Richard Osceola (AFS3893A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Mayport and Brighton Seminole Indian Reservation (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-253)


30. Drinking of the Wine - John Henry Epps, Nathaniel Wellman, Jess Ellman, Charley Rutledge (AFS7092B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Sebring (March-July 1940 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-255)


31. Dry Bones - Henrietta Marshall and Mixed Group (AFS351A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


32. Jesus is Making Up My Dying Bed - Rev. J.B. Bryant and Group (AFS687B1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-238)


33. Po Laz'us - Roscoe McLean and a Group of Negro Convicts (AFS695A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


34. Standing on That Rock - Black Women Prisoners (AFS699A1) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


35. Tell Me What Kind of Man Jesus Is - Elder Sykes Jones and Mixed Group (AFS350A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Eatonville (1935 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-234)


36. Traveling Shoes - Amelia Pursley and Group of Black Women Prisoners (AFS701A2) (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-240)


37. Well, It Ain't No Way to Hide - Roscoe McLean - AFS682B (Download)

WPA field recordings at the Florida State Prison in Union County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-238)


38. The West Palm Beach Storm - Viola Jenkins (AFS977A) (Download)

WPA field recordings in Alachua County (1936-1937 recording expedition)
(S 1576, reel T86-220)