In January Ryan Wendel, Carl Linberg, and I got together to perform a house show of all latin music. It was a rare treat to perform with Ryan, who in addition to being an excellent percussionist makes all of his own drums. Check out his music and unique craftsmanship here at Manito Percussion.
One of the many highlights from today’s N. Ga Folk Festival was Elder Kenneth Taylor singing "Primitive Baptist Lined Out Hymns" with his group from Old Bethel Primitive Baptist Church in Statesboro, Ga. The group was invited by Athens legend Art Rosenbaum and performed selections from "Primitive Hymns" by Benjamin Lloyd, a pre-civil hymnbook consisting of words without musical notation. I recorded this track of Hymn no. 384 today at the festival. The singing starts at around :30 and is a wonderful representation of the rich call and response tradition from right here in Georgia.
(Elder Kenneth Taylor Singers and Margo Rosenbaum bottom left)