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By Chuck McCutcheonThis is a pretty interesting article for those who enjoy the origins of American hymnody. I'm not that familiar with "line singing", but it seems to share some attributes with shape-note singing, which has made a significant contribution to the Presbyterian Hymnal (look for The Sacred Harp and The Southern Harmony in the list of hymn sources in the back of the hymnal).
Religion News Service
Saturday, April 21, 2007; Page B09
"Jazz musician and Yale University music scholar Willie Ruff, who uncovered the links between 18th-century Scottish singing and black gospel music, has connected another group to the style: Native Americans.
A descendant of an Oklahoma tribe contacted him after learning about a 2005 Yale conference on line singing, an a cappella vocal form that originated in Scotland and is still sung in parts of the South. And this week, a second conference featured Muscogee Creek Indians singing with Baptist groups from Alabama and Kentucky.
Ruff said he was surprised to learn that all three groups know the same hymn: "Guide Me, O Thou Great Jehovah." They sang their versions at the conference. ..."