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Rev Edward W Clayborn 1926 - 1928

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Rev. Edward W Clayborn

01 - Your enemy cannot harm you Listen
02 - The gospel train is coming Listen
03 - Let that lie alone (c-733) Listen
04 - Let that lie alone (c-734) Listen
05 - There`ll be glory (c-737) Listen
06 - Death is only a dream Listen
07 - Let Jesus lead you Listen
08 - Jesus will make it all right Listen
09 - Bye and bye when the morning comes Listen
10 - Jesus is sweeter than honey in the comb Listen
11 - With my Saviour I shall be Listen
12 - O lord, I`m in your care Listen
13 - Everybody ought to treat their mother right Listen
14 - Then we`ll need that true religion Listen
15 - You never will know who is your friend Listen
16 - In time of trouble Jesus will never say goodbye Listen
17 - A letter from father Listen
18 - God`s riding through the land Listen
19 - Men don`t forget your wives for your sweetheart Listen
20 - If my saviour holds my hand i will go Listen
21 - Jesus went on man`s bond Listen
22 - I heard the angels sing Listen
23 - I shall not be moved Listen
24 - The wrong way to celebrate Christmas Listen
25 - This time another year you may be gone Listen
26 - I have a home in the sky Listen
27 - Just beyond the Jordan river Listen

DOCD-5155 Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist) 1926 – 1928 Rev. Edward W. Clayborn (The Guitar Evangelist), vocal, guitar. Genres: Gospel, Guitar Evangelist, Bottleneck-slide guitar. Informative booklet notes by Ken Romanowski. Detailed discography. The Rev. Edward W. Clayborn played an open tuned guitar, a simple and insistent alternating bass line, a melody confidently stated on the treble strings with a bottleneck and homespun, homiletic, lyrics which were the ingredients that combined to produce the success of Vocalion 1082, "Your Enemy Cannot Harm You (But Watch Your Best Friend)". The record was the culmination of efforts by the Brunswick-Balke-Collender Company of Chicago (whose prior success was in the business of manufacturing billiards and bowling equipment) to launch their Vocalion Race numerical. Vocalion was competing with the already established Okeh, Columbia, and Paramount Race Catalogues which had achieved sales success with a variety of vaudville singers, vocal quartets, jazz ensembles, down home blues performers, and singing preachers with their congregations. "Your Enemy Cannot Harm You" and "The Gospel Train is Coming" helped put Vocalion on the map as a serious contender in the Race market and guaranteed Clayborn future recording dates. By the end of January 1927 he was back in the studio to record five titles which remain unissued; by April that same year he was in Chicago and produced six more titles, including remakes of "There'll Be Glory" and the lyrically outstanding "Let That Lie Low". It may be expected that listeners seek clues to Clayborn's personality in his lyrics, as there is little else to base a profile upon. Paul Oliver supplies the tenuous thread that Clayborn shared a session in Chicago with Hound Head Henry and Charles "Cow Cow" Davenport - information consistent with the notion that Clayborn was from the Alabama vicinity, where Davenport had strong ties. Clayborn has been categorised by some as a metaphorical one-trick pony, and this is not entirely unjustified. However, Clayborn's records were never intended to be listened to en masse, and the simple beauty and unadorned faith of tricks like "In Time Of Trouble Jesus Will Never Say Goodbye" conceal a depth of religious conviction. Clayborn’s complete 1929 recordings plus one alternate take are on DOCD-5154 (remainder by Blind Joe Taggart and Gussie Nesbit)
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