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Lining Hymns

The practice of "lining out" hymns was the dominant form of congregational singing before musical instruments, organized choirs, and increased literacy made lining obsolete. It has endured in only a handful of marginal but proud places: among the Primitive Baptists of Appalachia; in black Baptist and a handful of Presbyterian churches in the deep South; and the Gaelic Presbyterians of the Western Isles of Scotland. (35 minutes)


Indigenous Worlds


From homegrown grassroots movements, tradition, and musical experimentation comes a wide and international array of musicians who put their own spin on national and indigenous music. Sometimes rupturing the traditions of the past and sometimes affirming them, the songs of these shows spring from the porches of the world.

Goodbye Dear Old Stepstone


Traditional, folk, vernacular, endangered, and extinct music from America and elsewhere. Hosted by Nathan Salsburg, an archivist, producer, and writer based in Louisville, Kentucky.

He has worked for the The Alan Lomax Archive since 2000, for which he currently serves in the capacities of production manager, photo and video archivist, and general digital catalog editor. Salsburg maintains an index of online vernacular music resources at his blog,, contributes occasional music writing to the Louisville Eccentric Observer and the Other Music weekly update, and is curator of Twos & Fews, a vernacular music imprint in collaboration with Chicago's Drag City label.