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J.D. Jarvis

b. John Dill Jarvis, 21 April 1924, Manchester, Clay County, Kentucky, USA. He began to play guitar when he was seven and later also became highly competent on banjo, mandolin and bass. He developed an early love of traditional music being particularly keen on gospel numbers. He served in the US Army from 1942-48 and was seriously wounded during World War II. After recovering he became a dedicated Christian. He also worked with his friend, Brother Claude Ely, at his church in Cumberland, Kentucky and played on Ely’s recording made at the church by King Records. He relocated to Hamilton, Ohio in 1959, where he made a living by forming a painting and decorating company. He began to write songs and played on local radio and television and at social gatherings. He was a most prolific recording artist in the 60s and 70s, making recordings for Jewel, Rural Rhythm, Vetco, Heart Warming, his own Down Home and Log Cabin labels and others. He mainly recorded with a bluegrass backing supplied by any of the genre’s musicians who were available in the area at the time. These, on occasions, included Buck Graves, Harley Gabbard and even Ralph Stanley’s Clinch Mountain Boys. Later some of his gospel songs such as ‘Take Your Shoes Off Moses’ and ‘Six Hours On The Cross’ were recorded by noted gospel groups like the Lewis Family and by Ralph Stanley. He also wrote patriotic and saga songs such as ‘Thank God For Old Glory’ and ‘The Hyden Mine Tragedy’. Jarvis remained active in a smaller way in Hamilton into the 90s; his decorating company was still operative but managed by his son.
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Selected Discography

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Track List: Essential Bluegrass Gospel 25 Classics

1. A Beautiful Life

2. Are You Washed In The Blood

3. Prayer Bells Of Heaven

4. Paul And Silas

5. I'll Be No Stranger There

7. Lonesome Valley

8. God Is Not Dead

9. Jacob's Ladder

10. When Our Lord Shall Come Again

11. I Saw The Light

12. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

13. Palms Of Victory

14. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

15. The Old Gospel Ship

16. Church In The Wildwoods

17. Old Country Church

18. Farther On

19. Walking In Jerusalm

20. Somebody Touched Me

21. Like To Hear Them Preach It

22. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

23. Get In Line Brother

24. No Hidin' Place Down Here

25. Working On A Building

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Track List: Appalachian Bluegrass Collection - 80 Classic Power Picks

Disc 1

1. Foggy Mountain Top

2. Girl I Left In Sunny Tennessee

3. Froggie Went A Courtin'

4. Cumberland Gap

5. Black Mountain Blues

6. Home Across The Blue Ridge Mountains

8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

9. Grandfather's Clock

10. Big Sandy

11. Worried Man Blues

12. Deep Elm Blue

13. Wild Bill Jones

14. Rovin' Gambler

16. Darling Corey

18. When The Bees Are In The Hive

21. Gathering Flowers From The Hillside

22. Mole In The Ground

24. Rebel Soldier

26. The Tie That Binds

27. Rabbit In The Log

28. All The Good Times Are Past And Gone

29. Just Over In Glory Land

30. Amazing Grace

Disc 2

1. Take Me In The Lifeboat

2. No Hidin’ Place Down Here

6. Keep On The Sunnyside

7. A Beautiful Life

8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

9. Get In Line Brother

10. Is She Praying There

11. Golden Slippers

12. Somebody Touched Me

13. Preaching, Praying, Singing

14. Uncloudy Day

15. Take My Lord Precious Lord

17. Paul And Silas

19. Lonely Tombs

20. Wayfaring Stranger

21. I Am A Pilgrim

22. Let The Church Roll On

24. Walking Cane

25. I'm Getting Ready

Disc 3

2. Black Jack Davy

3. The Picture On The Wall

4. Down In The Willow Garden

6. Mountain Dew

7. Sitting On Top Of The World

8. Curly Headed Baby

9. More Pretty Girls Then One

10. Old Joe Clark

11. Sophroni

13. Legend Of Uncle Jim

14. The Dying Soldier

15. Raymond's Repeating Banjo

16. Six White Horses

17. Cotton Eyed Joe

18. Watermelon On The Vine

20. Old Dan Tucker

21. Little White Washed Chimney

24. Red Wing

25. Grandfather's Clock

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Track List: Classic Gospel Bluegrass Collection - 79 Classics

Disc 1

3. Wait For The Light To Shine

4. Lonesome Valley

5. Just Over In Gloryland

6. I Saw The Light

7. Jacob’s Ladder

10. The Old Gospel Ship

13. Take Me In Your Lifeboat

14. I Like To Hear Them Preach It

15. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

16. Uncloudy Day

17. Let The Church Roll On

18. Wings Of A Dove

19. Working On A Building

20. The Old Rugged Cross

21. Take Your Shoes Off Moses

22. Voice Of Our Savior

23. When Our Lord Shall Come Again

Disc 2

1. Who Will Sing For Me

3. Take My Hand Precious Lord

4. I’ll Be A Friend

5. Where You Gonna Hide?

6. In The Garden

7. I Am A Pilgrim

8. I’ll Meet You In Church On Sunday Morning

9. The Man Of Galilee

10. If You See My Savior

11. Precious Memories

12. Picture On The Wall

16. Working On A Building

17. Lonely Tombs

18. Prayer Bells Of Heaven

19. Rank Strangers

25. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

Disc 3

2. No Hidin’ Place Down Here

3. Gloryland Way

4. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

5. City On The Hill

6. Walking In Jerusalem

7. I Like To Hear Them Preach It

9. The Pale Horse And His Rider

11. Paul And Silas

12. An Old Account Settled

13. A Beautiful Life

16. I Live On

17. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

19. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

20. Let The Church Roll On

22. I Found The Way

23. Thirty Pieces Of Silver

25. When The Angels Carry Me Home

26. Heavenly Cannonball

27. Way Down Deep In My Soul

28. The Old Rugged Cross

29. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

30. Somebody Touched Me

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Track List: 30 Bluegrass Gospel Favorites – Power Picks: Vintage Collection

1. Working On A Building

2. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

3. I Like To Hear Them Preach It

4. A Beautiful Life

5. Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me

6. When They Ring Those Golden Bells

7. God’s Not Dead

8. I’m A Man Of Constant Sorrow

9. Prayer Bells Of Heaven

10. I Live On

11. Heavenly Light Is Shining On Me

12. Jordan

13. I’m Using My Bible For A Roadmap

14. Something Got A Hold Of Me

15. Victory

16. Paul & Silas

17. An Old Account Settled

18. The Black Sheep

19. God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds

20. I’m Going To Make Heaven My Home

21. I Found The Way

22. If You See My Savior

23. Oh, Lonley Tombs

24. Take Me In Your Lifeboat

25. Thirty Pieces Of Silver

26. Come And Dine

27. Lamp Lighting Time In The Valley

28. When We All Get To Heaven

29. His Light Is Shining Down On Me

30. Are You Washed In The Blood

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Track List: Appalachian Bluegrass Gospel - Power Picks: 30 Instrumental Favorites

1. Saw The Light

2. Leaning On Jesus

3. This Train

4. The Sunnyside

5. Wildwood Flower

6. Do Lord

7. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

8. I Am A Pilgrim

9. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

11. Gloryland March

12. Golden Slippers

13. Beautiful Star Of Bethlehem

15. The Old Gospel Ship

16. Land Of Jubilo

17. Lifes Railway To Heaven

18. Keep On The Sunny Side

19. Home Sweet Home

21. Lifes Other Side

22. God Loves His Children

24. Will The Circle Be Unbroken

25. A Cabin In Gloryland

27. Working On A Building

28. You Cant Make Me Doubt It

29. Jesus Hold My Hand

30. Amazing Grace

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Track List: Appalachian Songs Of Faith: Power Picks

1. Pray Bells Of Heaven

2. Preachin', Prayin' & Singin'

3. God Put A Rainbow In The Clouds

4. No Hidin' Place Down Here

5. The Great Speckled Bird

6. When Our Lord Shall Come Again

7. Take Your Shoes Off Moses

8. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

9. Save Me As I Kneel And Pray

10. Rank Strangers

11. The Old Gospel Ship

12. He Will Set Your Fields On Fire

13. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

14. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

15. Wings Of A Dove

16. I'll Be No Stranger There

17. I'll Be A Friend

18. Life's Railway To Heaven

19. Wait For The Light To Shine

20. The Man Of Galilee

21. I Believe That Good Old Bible

22. When The Angels Carry Me Home

23. I'll Meet You In Church On Sunday Morning

24. You Go To Your Church

25. Sweeter Then The Flowers

26. City On The Hill

27. Crying Holy Unto The Lord

28. Heavenly Cannonball

29. Palms Of Victory

30. Voice Of Our Savior

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Track List: 25 Hymns From The Old Country Church: Power Picks

1. There's Power In The Blood

2. Over In The Gloyland

3. Take My Hand Precious Lord

4. Church In The Wildwood

5. Precious Memories

7. The Old Rugged Cross

8. Somebody Touched Me

9. What A Friend We Have In Jesus

10. I Saw The Light

11. Rock Of Ages

13. In The Garden

14. Are You Washed In The Blood

15. How Beautiful Heaven Must Be

16. A Beautiful Life

17. An Old Account Settled

18. Just A Closer Walk With Thee

19. When We All Get To Heaven

20. Jesus Loves Me

21. O Why Not Tonight

22. Drifting Too Far From The Shore

23. Amen

24. Let's Meet By The River

25. Kneel At The Cross

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Track List: Bluegrass Gospel Power Picks - 25 Traditional Classics

2. Let The Church Roll On

4. I Like To Hear Them Preach It

5. Who Will Sing For Me

8. I Am A Pilgram

9. Get In Line Brother

10. Lonesome Valley

11. Precious Memories

13. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

15. Paul & Silas

16. Just Over In Gloryland

17. Angel Band

19. Farther On

20. Somebody Touched Me

23. Holy Manna

24. Uncloudy Day

25. Take Me In The Lifeboat

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Track List: The Bluegrass Bible: 40 Bluegrass Gospel Classics

Disc 1

2. Working On A Building

3. Lonesome Valley

4. This World Can't Stand Long

6. Jordan

7. Wayfaring Stranger

8. Prayer Bells Of Heaven

9. Gloryland Way

11. I Am A Pilgrim

12. Just Over In The Gloryland

13. Farther On

19. Cup Of Loneliness

Disc 2

3. Are You Washed In The Blood

4. God's Presence

8. Back To The Cross

9. I Found The Man

12. Family Reunion

14. Preaching, Praying Singing

15. Methodist Pie

17. Wings Of A Dove

18. Gambling On The Sabbath Day

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Track List: Sound Traditions: Get In Line Brother

2. I Like To Hear Them Preach It

3. Prayer Bells Of Heaven

4. God's Not Dead

8. Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies

9. Preaching, Praying, Singing

11. Somebody Touched Me

13. Amen

15. Angel Band

16. If I Could Hear My Mother Pray Again

19. Methodist Pie

20. Is She Praying There

22. Leaning On The Everlasting Arms

25. Will The Angels Play Their Harps For Me

26. Are You Washed In The Blood

30. Get In Line Brother

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Track List: Bluegrass Hymns: 25 Gospel Classics

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I love this artist. I wish there were more of his recordings available.

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