E.C. Ball of Rugby, Virginia and his wife Orna made some of the most joyful, eerie, affecting, and enduring traditional country music of their era.
First recorded by John A. Lomax for the Library of Congress in 1937, they sang ballads, comic songs, and mountain gospel music on records and the radio in a style entirely their own.
“Face A Frowning World” is a tribute to the music of E.C. and Orna Ball, and a thirty-year memorial to E.C., who died in 1978.
Played by the Health & Happiness Family Gospel Band of Louisville, Kentucky, and many others, including Michael Hurley, Jolie Holland, The Handsome Family, and Bonnie “Prince” Billy.
1. INTRODUCTION. by E.C. Ball
2. HE’S MY GOD. Sung by Dave Bird
3. JOHN THE BAPTIST. Sung by Bonnie “Prince” Billy
4. JENNY JENKINS. Sung by the Handsome Family
5. WARFARE. Sung by Joe Manning
6. PLAIN OLD COUNTRY LAD. Sung by Pokey LaFarge
7. LORD I WANT MORE RELIGION. Sung by Rayna Gellert
8. THE EARLY BIRD ALWAYS GETS THE WORM. Sung by Michael Hurley
9. WHEN I GET HOME I’M GONNA BE SATISFIED. Sung by Jon Langford
10. TRIBULATIONS. Sung by Joe Manning and Glen Dentinger
11. ONE DAY I WILL. Sung by Nathan Salsburg
12. CABIN ON THE HILL. Sung by Catherine Irwin
13. WHEN I CAN READ MY TITLES CLEAR. Sung by Glen Dentinger
14. BEAUTIFUL STAR OF BETHLEHEM. Sung by Bonnie “Prince” Billy, Dave Bird, and Catherine Irwin
15. FATHERS HAVE A HOME SWEET HOME. Sung by Jan Bell, Jolie Holland, and Samantha Parton
16. JUBILEE. Sung by the Sandpaper Dolls