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Of Rivers and Religion
Studio album by John Fahey
Released 1972
Genre Folk
Length 37:40(Original LP)
34:49 (Reissue)
Label Reprise
Producer John Fahey, Denny Bruce
Professional reviews
John Fahey chronology
Of Rivers and Religion
After the Ball

Of Rivers and Religion is an album by American folk musician John Fahey, released in 1972. It was his first recording on a major label, Reprise Records and is credited to John Fahey and His Orchestra. Although Time picked it as one of the Top Ten albums of 1972, it was also a difficult album to market and had little enthusiasm at Reprise.[1]

Of Rivers and Religion was reissued on CD in 2001 by Collectors' Choice. It was also reissued along with After the Ball in 2003 by Warner Bros. Records.[2]


Track listing

Side one

  1. "Steamboat Gwine 'Round de Bend" (Fahey) – 4:15
  2. "Medley: Deep River/Ol' Man River" (Oscar Hammerstein II, Jerome Kern, Traditional) – 6:45
  3. "Dixie Pig Bar-B-Q Blues" (Fahey) – 3:55
  4. "Texas and Pacific Blues" (Traditional) – 4:30

Side two

  1. "Funeral Song for Mississippi John Hurt" (Fahey) – 4:20
  2. "Medley: By the Side of the Road/I Come, I Come" (A. Brumley, Traditional) – 6:05
  3. "Lord Have Mercy" (Traditional) – 2:28
  4. "Song" (Fahey) – 5:22


  • John Fahey – guitar
  • Chris Darrow – guitar, dobro, fiddle, mandolin
  • Joel Druckman – double bass
  • Jack Feierman – trumpet
  • Ira Nepus – trombone
  • Joanne Grauer – piano, calliope
  • Nappy La Mare – banjo
  • Alan Reuse – banjo
  • Joe Darensbourgh – clarinet

Production notes

  • John Fahey – producer
  • Denny Bruce – producer
  • Jack Feierman – arranger
  • Doug Decker – engineer
  • Nat Hentoff – original liner notes
  • Richie Unterberger – reissue liner notes
  • Christopher Whorf – design
  • Ed Thrasher – art direction and photography




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