11 episodes

Alabama Astronaut is a podcast featuring Alabama songwriter & artist Abe Partridge. Abe discovers a set of undocumented songs in the hills of the Appalachians, and believes they are undocumented because of the subject matter: lyrics that speak of the consumption of poison, and the handling of venomous snakes. These are the songs of the serpent handlers. To capture their music, Abe must first capture the hearts and the minds of the people who wrote it...and in the process, they capture his.

Alabama Astronaut Abe Partridge & Ferrill Gibbs

    • Society & Culture
    • 4.9 • 175 Ratings

Alabama Astronaut is a podcast featuring Alabama songwriter & artist Abe Partridge. Abe discovers a set of undocumented songs in the hills of the Appalachians, and believes they are undocumented because of the subject matter: lyrics that speak of the consumption of poison, and the handling of venomous snakes. These are the songs of the serpent handlers. To capture their music, Abe must first capture the hearts and the minds of the people who wrote it...and in the process, they capture his.

    Foreword

    Foreword

    In the spirit of John and Alan Lomax, Abe Partridge embarks upon a quest to capture the undocumented songs of the serpent handlers.

    • 27 min
    "Brush Arbor"

    "Brush Arbor"

    Abe meets serpent handling preacher Jamie Coots on a chance encounter in 2006, while pastoring a church in Middlesboro, Ky. Years later, while touring in Oregon, Abe hears a song by Alabama songwriter Will Stewart called "Brush Arbor" which sparks Abe's interest in the serpent handling faith.

    • 36 min
    "It's Alright With Me, Lord, if It's Alright With You"

    "It's Alright With Me, Lord, if It's Alright With You"

    Abe visits the home of fourth-generation serpent handler Cody Coots, along with Cody's wife, Cassy, to capture generations-old songs from the duo's live performances on his Sony handheld recorder.

    • 37 min
    "Little David, Play On Your Harp!"

    "Little David, Play On Your Harp!"

    Abe visits legendary serpent-handling church "Old Rockhouse Holiness" in Section, Alabama – a church that once inspired author Dennis Covington to write a popular book, Salvation on Sand Mountain.

    • 1 hr
    "Preach the Word, Preacher Man!"

    "Preach the Word, Preacher Man!"

    Abe visits the home of Pastor Jimmy Morrow, in Cocke County, Tennessee, to learn about serpent handling, and to ask Jimmy and his wife Pam if they might sing songs into his handheld recorder.

    • 54 min
    "Jesus Made the World"

    "Jesus Made the World"

    Abe and host Ferrill Gibbs meet in person in Birmingham, Alabama, to transport a load of recording equipment to Middlesboro, Kentucky, where they will make a studio album of Cody and Cassy Coots singing songs of their faith.

    • 57 min

Customer Reviews

4.9 out of 5
175 Ratings

175 Ratings

Willie J 0819 ,

Alabama Astronaut

This is about the songs in the same way The Old Man and the Sea is about fishing. Completely remarkable

Kanawha Dan ,

Appalachian Pride

Thanks for paying attention to a long neglected American subculture and the art it has been creating for 250 years.

Old man from Tennessee ,

Eye opening

This podcast removed a lot of my misconceptions about this group of believers. Abe’s journey was raw and real. His song in the final episode broke my heart. I highly recommend this podcast .Blessings to y’all!!

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