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MP3 Various - Songs of Peace and Forgiveness

Blues musicians bring peace through music in this wonderful unique acoustic CD of original and traditional songs, a benefit recording for the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation, aka the "Barbershop.".

16 MP3 Songs
BLUES: Acoustic Blues, FOLK: Folk Blues


People think blues music is just about jilted lovers, juke joints, and bad times, but it is also about courage, survival, love, and even forgiveness. The music reflects life in its many aspects; happy, sad, tiresome, painful, or fun. The music grew out of African Americans’ struggles in this country, and its early origins included field hollers, work songs, and spirituals. These influenced blues, jazz, rock and roll, country, bluegrass, hip hop, and almost all modern music.

Blues musicians are in tune with the spirit of their music and understand the communal and healing power of the songs they sing. In Songs of Peace and Forgiveness, they testify to the spiritual side of their artistry and demonstrate their essential commitment to bringing peace through music.

The songs complement the general concepts in the books Peace and Forgiveness and Poems of Peace and Forgiveness by Jefferson Glassie. But each song specifically evokes the artist’s individuality and philosophy of life. They all do believe we can have a better world.

All songs are either originals by the artist or a colleague, or traditional pieces in the public domain. Each artist has contributed the song without receiving any compensation in support of the spirit of the project and to help preserve a cherished institution in Washington, DC, the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. The Foundation is a nonprofit, tax exempt Section 501(c)(3) charitable organization that operates the well-known “Barbershop,” where the late Archie Edwards cut hair for decades, and where on Saturday afternoons they drew the blinds, pulled out the libations, and played the blues. Archie played acoustic, Piedmont blues with a driving alternating bass line. Mississippi John Hurt, Skip James, John Cephas, and Phil Wiggins were among those who played at the Barbershop.

Today, blues musicians and their friends still come by the Barbershop to jam on Saturday afternoons. There is a tremendous feeling of brotherhood and community. The audience is diverse and everyone is welcome to play acoustic blues or just come and listen. The Barbershop is a place of peace and part of that better world we all strive for each moment. During his life, Archie was intent on passing the music on to future generations, and the Foundation continues his legacy.

Recently, the Foundation’s Board of Directors faced the possibility that the historic building the Barbershop calls home might be sold. They established a Building Fund in the hopes of buying the building and making the necessary capital improvements to keep Archie’s mission and the Barbershop alive. The net proceeds of this CD will go to the Foundation’s Building Fund, with a minimum contribution guaranteed by Peace Evolutions, LLC. Information on the Barbershop is at https://www.tradebit.com. Contributions to the Foundation are tax deductible.

We hope you will enjoy this music and the messages brought to you by these talented and dedicated musicians. If you enjoy the music, please visit their websites. Lyrics to the songs are at https://www.tradebit.com. Helping Archie’s Barbershop stay open and your gratitude for their work are the only compensation they will receive.

We truly can bring peace through music, for if even one song helps love grow in this world, we are succeeding. We extend our thanks to all the musicians, engineers, sound guys, and others who contributed to this production. The CD was mastered by Eric Weinberg, Little Erich Music Studio, Burke, Virginia; https://www.tradebit.com.

Special thanks to Gaye Adegbalola and Suzanne Moe, who provided incredible love and support for this project from the beginning, and to Mark Kinniburgh of Rent Party Studios, who produced this CD and has helped us tremendously in our eclectic adventures.

Jefferson Glassie and Julie Littell
Peace Evolutions, LLC


Better World (4:53 ) – Roddy Barnes. When you hear this soulful ballad written, sung, and played on the piano by Roddy, you just know there is going to be a better world someday. This is the lead cut on Ballads and Barrooms, and it brings one to tears with a powerful mood. Roddy plays many genres, from blues to gospel. Find out more about Roddy, his music, and schedule at https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright 2003 Roddy Barnes.

You Gotta Get Up (2:38) – Scott Ainslie. This driving, edgy piece was written by Scott and appears on his Terraplane CD. Scott plays an energetic single string Diddley Bow that he made himself. He tells the world to get up, and vows that he’ll get up, too, when faced with the challenges of life. Scott is also a student and teacher of blues history, which he often discusses when he plays. For information about his music, writings, and schedule, see https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright 1998 Scott Ainslie.

Trouble I Once Knew (4:25) – Eleanor Ellis. This gorgeous song was written by William Lee Ellis, who actually is not kin to Eleanor. Her sweet guitar and vocals basically blow you right out of the water. The song provides inspiration that we can overcome our perceived troubles. Eleanor played with Archie for many years and is one of the Founders of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation. She has two previous CD’s and a new one coming out in 2006. For more on Eleanor, see https://www.tradebit.com Eleanor can be reached at eleanordellis@https://www.tradebit.com. William Lee Ellis also has a website at https://www.tradebit.com. Song Copyright 1999, Voodoo Tattoo Music.

Disorganized Religion (4:18 ) – Alex Radus. He sings of personal hopes and beliefs in this driving original song that shows us all how to be proud of who we are. Alex rocks his Martin acoustic guitar and clearly demonstrates his passionate writing, singing, and playing. To see his schedule, writings, and find out more about his music, check out https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright 2005 Alex Radus.

Nightmare (4:00) – Gaye Adegbalola. This is one of the most powerful songs of forgiveness ever. Gaye is winner of the W.C. Handy Award (now known as the Blues Music Award), a founding member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, and lives the mission of finding and bringing peace through music. She sings and tells this haunting story, while Rory Block plays an awesome acoustic slide guitar, sings background with Gaye, and arranged the vocals. Jerry Marotta adds riveting percussion. “The moment I wrote this song, I felt a surge of relief. Peace followed forgiveness. I hope it will do that for other survivors. … Rory’s music and interpretation, for me, heightened the power,” says Gaye. The song is from Gaye’s CD, Bitter Sweet Blues, and appears here courtesy of and with special thanks to Bruce Iglauer, President of Alligator Records (https://www.tradebit.com). For more of Gaye’s insightful writings and information about her CD’s and schedule, see https://www.tradebit.com. Song Copyright: Gaye Adegbalola and Rory Block, Hot Toddy Music, ASCAP, 1999; Recording Copyright: Alligator Records & Artists Mgmt., Inc., ALCD # 4870.

Send Down Your Healing Water (3:04) – Jesse Palidofsky. This song is so pure and strong, it could help heal anything. Jesse says, “The chorus came to me in a Friend’s meeting many years ago; the verses didn’t show up ‘til quite a bit later. I’ve adapted a traditional African American melody with the inspired help of Tia Ade and Elise Witt.” This song appears on Food for the Long Haul from Azalea City Recordings. Jesse sings with passion and is accompanied by the glorious vocals of Tia and Elise. For more information, see https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright 2004 Jesse Palidofsky.

Cool Down (3:59) – Phil Wiggins and Mark Puryear. Phil wrote this song in 1995 to tell young people to chill out. In this newly recorded version, Phil plays an edgy harmonica with Mark Puryear’s steady guitar. Phil is internationally famous and one of the best harmonica players in the world. He has toured and cut numerous CD’s with John Cephas over the years. “People automatically think of sadness and depression when they think of blues. But the blues is uplifting music, music to rejuvenate you, to nourish the spirit,” says Wiggins. For more about Phil, see https://www.tradebit.com. Mark recently has been playing with BluesWorks. Copyright 2006 Phil Wigggins.

The Next Step (4:10) – Kelley Hunt. One of the most talented singers and piano players around, Kelley tears up this tune written by Jim Ritchey. The song tells us it’s up to each one of us to take the next step to peace and understanding. Kelley’s blues/roots/ gospel range shines through in this beautiful piece; she sings lead and background vocals, and plays her usual awesome piano. For more information about Kelley, her CD’s, schedule, bio, etc., visit https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright Mama Reno Music, ASCAP 2005.

Peace and Forgiveness (4:08) – Mark Kinniburgh. An accomplished musician, Mark wrote this song with lyrics based on the concepts in the books. Mark sings sweetly and plays a delicate acoustic guitar, while telling us that the Universe flows with peace and love. He also produced this CD. Copyright 2005 Mark Kinniburgh.

I Want Jesus to Walk with Me (8:41) – Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Holmes. Alison Radcliffe has been singing all of her life. She says, "Music is the embodiment of truth and spirituals are the embodiment of music." In this spiritual, also called a ''sorrow song'', its words best describe its meaning: "All along my pilgrim journey, in my trials, when the shades of life are falling, in my sorrows, when my heart within is aching, walk with me." Alison sings and plays piano on her arrangement of this song. Allen plays harmonica and bass. For more information, check out https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright Alison Chase Radcliffe and Allen Homes 2006.

Trying to Wish You Well (3:30) – Grant Dermody and Frank Fotusky. This upbeat song, written and sung by Grant Dermody, is about the road to forgiveness. Grant is joined by guitarist Frank Fotusky, who scorches the strings to complement Grant’s fine harmonica. Getting over the feeling of being hurt badly takes time, willingness, and a little faith in the divine. Grant says, “Someone is in charge of Karma, and it ain’t you.” Information about Grant and his recent CD, Crossing that River, is at https://www.tradebit.com. Also, check out https://www.tradebit.com for more about Frank and his excellent guitar. Copyright Grant Dermody 2005.

Walkin’ Home to You (3.10) – Andra Faye and the Mighty Good Men. In her beautiful voice, Andra Faye tells us about the love of a good relationship in this song from the CD of the same name. In spite of any troubles, the ability to love and forgive is the key. Nominated for two Handy awards, a member of Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women, and a versatile musician and singer, Andra Faye plays the mandolin and bass on this song, with her husband Chris Jones on finger-style guitar and Ken Phillips on lead guitar. For more information, please visit https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright Andra Faye 2005.

Come to Me in Prayer (4:08) – M.S.G. – The Acoustic Blues Trio. This uplifting song was written in the style that could be heard at an old-time gospel revival. The song speaks of the assurance of peace through prayer. Jackie Merritt plays harp and trades vocal phrases with Resa Gibbs, who sings beautiful harmony lines. Miles Spicer holds it all together with solid guitar work. The song can be found on their newly released CD Meet Me in the Middle. For more information, see https://www.tradebit.com. Copyright, Jacqueline A. Merritt, ASCAP, 2006.

One Step (3:20) - BluesWorks. Judy Luis-Watson wrote this song, which offers hope and encouragement to those who have suffered a loss. Judy sings beautifully and plays piano, while Paul Watson lays down sweet harp lines and Colleen Dugan drives the feeling with her excellent djembe. This song was recorded live at the Augusta Heritage Workshops'' 2004 Vocal Week concert. One Step is also the title of their latest CD. Judy and Paul co-founded BluesWorks in 1991 and conduct a range of blues music education programs. For more about BluesWorks, their CDs and schedule, visit https://www.tradebit.com. Song copyright: Judy Luis-Watson, Lil Jen Publishing, ASCAP, 2002.

Study War No More (4:18) – Mike Baytop. This is a beautiful rendition of an old classic. Mike is president of the Archie Edwards Blues Heritage Foundation and hung out with Archie for years. His work at the Barbershop honors Archie’s request to keep the Blues alive. In this song, Mike sings in a rich authentic voice and plays mesmerizing Piedmont style guitar, adding a nice background with bones (in honor of a favorite Barbershop ancestor, Richard “Mr. Bones” Thomas). You can’t get any better than “Study War No More,” especially in today’s world. For more on Mike, see https://www.tradebit.com Copyright Mike Baytop 2006.

Amazing Grace (4:41) – Ray Kaminsky. Gorgeous fingerpicking on John Jackson’s old steel guitar and sweet vocals by Ray on this timeless standard evoke a distant peace that becomes real in the present. This is the final song on Ghosts of the Blues, winner of the Washington Area Music Award (“WAMMIE”) for Blues Recording of Year, and also features Jihanna Charlton and Juan Dunn on vocals. For more about Ray, his CD’s and schedule, check out https://www.tradebit.com Copyright 2001 Ray Kaminsky.

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