Ain't No Grave (Brother Claude Ely)

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For a long time I thought that this song was a traditional one. But in fact it was penned by Brother Claude Ely, although it has some similarities with other traditional songs such as ’In My Time Of Dying/Jesus Is Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed/Jesus Is A Dying Bed Maker’ and ’Oh Death/Death, Have Mercy’ - one of the reasons that I thought it was traditional. Another reason for this are the numerous recorded versions of this song. These are my favorite versions: Brother Claude Ely’s recording (from the 1950s), of course, Johnny Cash’s version recorded in 2003 (and released 2010), and my all-time favorite: the version of Bozie Sturdivant and congregational response, recorded in Silent Grove Baptist Church, Clarksdale, Mississippi, 1942. Yes, Bozie actually recorded it some years before Ely did.

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from Moan Snake Moan, released September 10, 2014
Bror Gunnar Jansson vocals, electric & acoustic guitar, baritone guitar, tenor saxophone, drums, sticks, cage & chains

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BROR GUNNAR JANSSON Sweden

A one-man-band from Sweden, a sleek drugstore cowboy, the missing link between Lightnin’ Hopkins and Kopparmärra. There you have it; the mystery of Bror Gunnar Jansson.

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