When you think about Dominican Friars singing, bluegrass is probably very far from your first thought, but that's precisely what we have here with some folk in there for good measure. "The Thomist (one who follows the thought of St. Thomas Aquinas) believes that the invisible grace of God can be at work in visible things, just as the Word became flesh and swelt among us in the person of Christ. Traditional bluegrass music is playful and energetic; along with American folk music, it often contains explicitly theological themes: belief in Christ, the goodnes of life, the pain of unrequited love, the finality of death and hope in eternal life. It is a traditional southern form of testimony to the presence of grace in the human heart. So when it is played by Dominican friars who study Thomas Aquinas, there is no doubt that what comes about as a result is Hillbilly Thomism."
Ace Records first-ever exploration of the late 1940s hillbilly & western swing masters issued (& in many cases unissued) by Modern/Colonial/Flair Records. Drawing on material recorded in Texas, Louisiana, & Hollywood, 'Swingbillies' offers many important early recordings by young hopefuls who, in many cases, went onto become major country singers & musicians in the 50s & 60s - among them Jimmy Bryant, Ramblin' Jimmie Dolan, Jimmy C. Newman, Link Davis & of course Bill Woods, the godfather of Bakersfield country. 28 tracks.