The Matchsellers See The Light

by The Matchsellers

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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
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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
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Angel Band 03:23
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
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Crying Holy 03:27
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
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Take My Body 04:01
Take My Body Take My Body Take My Body Home
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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
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The Easy Way 04:25
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
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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

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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 January 19, 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 Kansas City, Missouri

The Matchsellers are Warsaw, Indiana native Andrew Morris and Julie Bates of Kansas City, Missouri. The two met in Germany in 2012. Since then, they have collected influences from various regional styles of American folk music. Their work has delved into subjects as academic as “German-American Musical Exchange” and as wild as “Science Fiction Bluegrass”. ... more

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