Keith ∓ Rusty 
 McNeil - American Religious Songs with historical commentary  

Song Samples (MP3 Format)

Oh, What A Beautiful City (8.474 MB mp3 file) 

Noah (5.220 MB mp3 file) 

This Is My Song (4.702 MB mp3 file)

American Religious Songs - Celebrating five centuries of American religious history through song.  Playing time: three plus hours.  Includes 3 CDs and printed supplemental Notes on the Songs.

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Disk 1     Disk 2     Disk 3

"American Religious Songs -- ...Keith and Rusty McNeil ...with many supporting singers, have hit gold again in their California home with their three-CD set titled American Religious Songs with historical narration... This is simply a set not to be missed, and every church group (at least) should want a copy to get some insight into what they are singing and the story behind each selection." 

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Part One:
1492 to 1800

On board the Pinta, Niña and Santa Maria Columbus’ sailors sing the Gregorian chant SALVE REGINA, a song about the Virgin Mary.  Huron Indians learn about the birth of Jesus through song.  Psalm singing comes to America.  Quakers sing, Shakers dance.  “New Light” religions create new words to British secular songs.  Maryland becomes the first and only English Catholic Colony in America. The Louisiana Purchase. Catholic leader Father Junipero Serra establishes  a series of missions in California bringing new music to the region. The new national government separates church and state.

 The Songs:

Oh, What A Beautiful City (8.474 MB mp3 file)

Salve Regina

We Gather Together

Old Hundredth

Jesous Ahathonia

Native American Instruments

Kyrie Eleison

The Quaker's Courtship

Entre Le Boeuf

Simple Gifts

Come Life, Shaker Life

Captain Kidd-Wondrous Love


Scotland The Brave


El Cántico Del Alba

Pedida De La Posada

Part Two:
1800 to 1860

Moving West.  Shape Note singing.  Slavery.  Abolitionists.  Joseph Smith founds the Mormon religion.  Persecution sends Mormons westward.  Mormon converts arrive from Europe, push handcarts across the plains to the great Salt Lake.  Famine in Ireland sends Irish-Catholic refugees to America.  “Know Nothings” push anti-Catholic agenda.

 The Songs:

Say Brothers Will You Meet Us


The Promised Land

Amazing Grace

The Abolitionist Hymn

Kugadza Umambo

Oh Mary Don't You Weep

Go Down Moses

All The Way To Californy

Come, Come Ye Saints

The Handcart Song

The Famine Song

Paddy And The Know-Nothings

A Mighty Fortress Is Our God

O Tannenbaum

Part Three:
1860 to 1890

Civil War.  Pro and con religious justification of slavery.  Free African-Americans create new musical sounds at Congo Square in New Orleans.  Italians swell America’s Catholic population.  Mennonite immigrants produce American winter wheat.  The “Social Gospel” comes to the United States.  Temperance.  Native American Ghost Dancers slaughtered.

 The Songs:

God Save The South

The Battle Hymn Of The Republic

Slavery Chain Done Broke At Last

Noah (5.220 MB mp3 file) 

Nearer My God To Thee

Ave Maria


Let Us Light The Candles

V' Taher Libenu

Grosser Gott Wir Loben Dich

The Cowboy's Heaven

Onward Christian Soldiers

When The Roll Is Called Up Yonder

Revive Us Again-Hallelujah I'm A Bum-Hallelujah I'm A-Travelin'

Hold The Fort

Storm The Fort

The Whiskey Shops Must Go

Arapaho Ghost Dance Song

Part Four:
After 1890

Mainstream Protestant religions split between North and South. Immigrants increase America’s Jewish population.  World War Two.  Civil Rights.  Pacifism.  Eastern religions gain prominence.

 The Songs:

Daniel Prayed

Farther Along

I'll Fly Away

Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Where The Soul Never Dies

Angel Band

Life's Railway To Heaven

The Hell-Bound Train

The Royal Telephone

Dives And Lazarus

Praise The Lord And Pass The Ammunition

Hine Ma Tov

Morning Has Broken

We Shall Overcome

Last Night I Had The Strangest Dream

Mir Nam Na Tischulyet

Muslim Call To Prayer

Raghupati Raghava Rajah Ram

This Is My Song (4.702 MB mp3 file)

They'll Know We Are Christians By Our Love

In My Father's House

Amazing Grace

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