Beautiful music filled Big Creek Primitive Baptist Church in Alpharetta this past weekend. More than a hundred people gathered there to sing. Not just any old songs but a style of music called Sacred Harp. The church was home to this year's Georgia State Sacred Harp Singing Convention. This event is in its 55th year, but the tradition of sacred harp is much older. Much, much older.
We speak with singer and photographer Johnathon Kelso and The Bitter Southerner's Editor-in-Chief Chuck Reece about the art of Sacred Harp music and its roots in southern gospel music
You can read The Bitter Southerner's feature on the history and legacy of Sacred Harp music here.
You can see Johnathon Kelso's photography here.