The Matchsellers See The Light

by The Matchsellers

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The Matchsellers’ newest release, The Matchsellers See The Light, provides listeners with a taste of life on the road, in the form of a bluegrass gospel album. The band has toured relentlessly since June when they ended their Fulbright grants in Leipzig, Germany, and began a new life as musicians. After performing in Germany, the United Kingdom, the Czech Republic, Switzerland, and the Midwestern and Southern United States, they decided to record an album that showcased their more traditional repertoire, which plays an important role in their live performance.

The album was recorded in makeshift bedroom studios while on tour in Florida and Tennessee. Using a single microphone and minimal editing, the raw, unfiltered recordings create an atmosphere of intimacy and honesty. They are as much a reflection on the rambling spirit as the Holy Spirit. The Matchsellers See the Light tells a story of searching, pilgrimage, and grace, and invites the listener to travel with the duo in the very rooms where they recorded and slept.

The life of small, underground bluegrass musicians is one of great variety, much like the tracks on The Matchsellers See The Light. These 8 gospel songs are a mix of lightning fast rhythms and slow, heartfelt solos. They include well-known standards (I Saw The Light, Amazing Grace), a few lesser known songs (The Heavenly Light is Shining, I Am A Pilgrim) as well as original compositions (The Easy Way, Take My Body). Amid this variety, the tight vocal harmonies, powerful rhythmic guitar and emotive fiddle give the album a sonic consistency.

Morris and Bates are very proud of "The Matchsellers See The Light" and hope you enjoy listening to it as much they enjoyed creating it.

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released 19 January 2014
Fiddle and Vocals - Julie Bates
Guitar and Vocals - Andrew Morris
Recorded in Knoxville, TN and Longwood, FL by Andrew Morris.
Mixed and Mastered by Andrew Morris

Special Thanks to: Reese and Rhonda, Don in Knoxville, Dying For Bad Music, everyone who has helped us on tour (you know who you are, sincerely thank you), our supporters, friends and families.

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The Matchsellers Leipzig, Germany

Though formed in Leipzig, Germany, The Matchsellers are an American alternative bluegrass duo. Julie Bates from Kansas City and Andrew Morris from Indiana

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Track Name: I Saw The Light
I saw the Light
no more darkness,
no more night
now I'm so happy
no sorrow in sight
praise the Lord
I saw the Light

I once was so aimless
life filled with sin
I wouldn't let my dear Savior in
then Jesus came
like a stranger in the night
praise the Lord I saw the Light

I once was a young man
wondered astray
but straight is the gate
and narrow the way
then like a blind man
who God gave back his sight
Praise the Lord
I saw the Light
Track Name: The Heavenly Light is Shining
Some have mothers who are gone, are gone
Way up yonder in that new bright world
The Heavenly light is shining on me

The Heavenly light is shining on me, on me
Way up yonder in that new bright world
The Heavenly light is shining on me

Some have sisters who are gone, are gone
way up yonder in that new bright world
the Heavenly Light is shining on me

Some have children who are gone, are gone
way up yonder in that new bright world
the Heavenly Light is shining on me
Track Name: Angel Band
My latest sun is sinking fast
my race is nearly run
my strongest trials now are past
my triumph has begun

O come Angel Band
come and around me stand
O bear me away on your snow white wings
to my immortal home

O bear my longing heart to him
who bled and died for me
whose blood now cleanses from all sin
and gives me victory

I've almost reached the heavenly ranks
of friends and kindred dear
i've brushed the dew on jordan's banks
the sound of wings are near
Track Name: Crying Holy
Crying holy unto the Lord
Crying holy unto the Lord
If I could, I surely would
stand on that rock where Moses stood

Lord I ain't no stranger now
Lord I ain't no stranger now
Run to the rocks and hide your face
Cause Lord I ain't no stranger now

Lord I ain't no stranger now
Lord I ain't no stranger now
I've been introduced to the Father and the Son
and Lord I ain't no stranger now
Track Name: Take My Body
Take My Body
Take My Body
Take My Body
Home
Track Name: I Am A Pilgrim
I am a pilgrim and a stranger
traveling through this barren land
I've got a home in that yonder city
o God and it's out the sight of man

I've had trials, tribulations
I've had trouble on every hand
But I've started for that great city
O God and it's out the sight of man

I have a brother, sister and mother
they've all gone on before
but I'll meet them in the by and by
O God where we'll stay forever more
Track Name: The Easy Way
I'm looking for the easy
looking for the easy way
I'm looking for the righteous
looking for the righteous way now
And I don't think I can find it
O no
Track Name: Amazing Grace
Amazing grace, how sweet the sound
that saved a wretch like me
I once was lost, but now I'm found
I was blind, but now I see