Lordy, lordy, lordy!
This morning I was googling to find a non-modern recording of 'Farther Along', to decorate this entry.
I found it, and therewith found also an immense cornucopia of real raw unfiltered Appalachian music. Been exploring it since then!
The source is the Digital Library of Appalachia.
Contains not only music but oral history and texts.
The Messenger Quartet, who sing 'Farther Along', have about 40 other songs in the archive.
Best I've found so far is the Emmanuel Quartet,
consisting of "Mr. and Mrs. Arvil Hanks, with their daughter on piano, and an unidentified man." The singers are below average, but the "daughter on piano" is pure heaven. I do believe she was playing straight to Jesus.
Imagine what she could have done with a piano that had been tuned once in its life....... or accompanying singers who had been tuned once in their lives.
Hint: These recordings are scratchy and rumbly. Set your equalizer like this
for best results.