Donald Smith

Born: 1939 Centerville, AL

Sacared Harp, Gospel Vocals Christian Harmony Singers

Source: Alabama Music Hall of Fame

 

...Art Deason, who is 85, and younger Christian Harmony leaders, such as Donald Smith and Benny Rigdon, are interested in keeping their music tradition alive and well. The men have conducted singing schools in Bibb, Hale, Perry, Jefferson, St. Clair, Montgomery, Cullman and Etowah counties, to name a few. The financial burden of organizing schools and travelling around the state has been offset by Folk Arts Apprenticeship grants from the State Arts Council in recognition of the importance of Christian Harmony singing to Alabama's musical heritage. Deason believes that this singing has a practical purpose for young people as well. "This type of singing gives them something to do rather than to get into things that they shouldn't be doing. And I think it's steering them in the right direction," he explained. "There's a real message in some of the old songs that will guide them right."

Source: ALABAMA FOLKWAYS:

More info: Southern Harmony - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

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