Fabulous old-fashioned gospel music from Indiana's Paul Levin (mandolin) and Bob Findlay (guitar). This is another thrift gift from Diane (thanks, Diane!) and one I totally loved--plus, in my two hours or so of researching the song credits, I learned much about Hornet Song, the sixth track, a number copyrighted in 1925 by gospel music publisher Thoro Harris, but whose text dates at least as far back as 1913 (it appears in the Oct. 16, 1913 edition of the religious newspaper, Herald of Gospel Liberty). No clue as to the author, but the tune is from 1903's This Is Like Heaven to Me, by L.E. French. The link above takes you to scans of both words and music. It seems that Singspiration (whose label this happens to be) combined the text with French's tune in 1965 and copyrighted it accordingly. Seems like I just did a post about copyright shenanigans...
Hornet Song (with or without the The), is also known by its first line, When the Canaanites hardened their hearts against God, and the number is associated with Paul and Bob, and with Mr, and Mrs. Floyd F. Lacy, whose 1925 recording I featured here.
Anyway, because Paul and Bob sound so much like the McCravy Brothers of South Carolina, a duo which recorded for a number of labels in the 1920s, I figured they must be from the South. Not so, but they could have fooled my northwest Ohio ears. (I guess they did, at that.) Like the McCravy duo, they seem like the template for modern bluegrass and bluegrass gospel, though by the time of this LP (1955, I'm almost sure) bluegrass--the 1940s type, anyway--was well established. And the songs, several of which proved challenging to trace, are classic "good ol'" numbers--the usual mix of vintage (1902's The Old Account Was Settled...), folk (Just a Closer Walk...), and more recent than you might guess (1948's I Want to See My Savior First of All).
I'm about to doze off, so I'd better call this an essay ("You're an essay") and leave you to the terrific offerings of Paul Levin and Bob Findley, who, like the Chuck Wagon Gang and the Lewis Family (among others), remind us that, in gospel at least, talent speaks louder than fancy productions.
DOWNLOAD: Paul and Bob Present Gospel Harmonies (Singspiration LP 133; c. 1955)
Just a Closer Walk With Thee (Trad.)
Thirty Pieces of Silver (Stanphill)
Among the Lilies (Dora May Heltzel)
I Want to See My Savior First of All (John W. Peterson)
Peace, It's Wonderful (Thomas A. Dorsey)
Hornet Song (Tune: J.E. French, 1903)
It Took a Miracle (John W. Peterson)
Beyond the Sunset (Virgil and Blanche Brock)
Don't Forget to Pray (aka, Did You Think to Pray?) (Kidder-Perkins)
No Disappointment in Heaven (Lehman-Mays)
Meet Mother in the Skies (Unkown--Arr. W.S. Nickle)
The Old Account Was Settled Long Ago (Graham)