Continuing in the American gospel tradition that we dipped into yesterday, here we have Gillian Welch and David Rawlings with the fine old gospel hymn, “I’ll Fly Away’. Be warned – David Rawlings’ guitar picking is a little over the top in a couple of places!
‘I’ll Fly Away’ is often seen as a traditional bluegrass song, but it is in fact a hymn written in 1929 by Albert E. Brumley, and published in 1932 by the Hartford Music company in a collection titled Wonderful Message. Wikipedia gives a pretty exhaustive list of the many recordings of this song. Mudcat has a number of threads about Brumley and his songs in general, and this song in particular; this one is a good place to start and it has links to the other threads.
I sometimes get asked if there are contemporary songwriters who are writing in the traditional vein. There are, of course, and Gillian Welch is a fine example of that sort of thing. Her website is here.