Waxahachie’s Old Fashioned Singing Project has released its first compact disc recording featuring highlights from their concerts titled “Tell It Wherever You Go.”
The CD’s are available online at www.WaxaOFS.com or by calling the project office at 972-923-2709.
Recorded live at the historic Chautauqua Auditorium in Waxahachie, the CD features many of the most popular songs from the 2011 concerts.
“Our sound engineer Danny Snook put together the best recordings we got from all the concerts during our first season,” said R. G. Huff, the project director. “Because it’s a live recording, there’s an occasional train whistle in the background, but all in all, it’s a very good sampling of what our audiences heard and enjoyed most. We plan to do the same kind of thing from the 2012 season ‘Cheer Up, My Brother’ show.”
There are 16 tracks on the CD.
Some titles included are: “This World Is Not My Home,” “Blessed Assurance,” “Bringing in the Sheaves,” “Down to the River to Pray,” “Unclouded Day,” and “Sweet By and By.”
Of course, the CD includes the title song “Tell It Wherever You Go” and The Old Fashioned Singing with “Dinner on the Ground,” the song written specifically for the project,” Huff said. “It’s a pretty good sampling of what we’re about in our attempt to preserve southern brush-arbor music as it occurred during the first half of the 20th century.”
Everything on the CD (except the one written for the show) was written prior to 1950 and is representative of the kinds of sacred songs that would most likely have been sung in the Chautauqua during its first years as a center for religious and community events in Waxahachie.
Preparations are underway for the 2013 show entitled “Heaven’s Front Porch,” scheduled for March 22-23, May 10-11, and Nov. 1-2.
Auditions will be held in early January to replace a couple of singers who have moved away; as available, information about the auditions will appear on the project website.