Of particular note in the Old Regular Baptist tradition is their a capella line singing, which I had never heard before until it was featured in the movie O Brother Where Art Thou from the year 2000, chiefly rendered by the late Ralph Stanley. The podcast also has reference to the old-time gospel tradition called shape note singing, which to the uninitiated may seem quite similar; but to the Old Regular Baptist member may be cause for a congregational split.
This is an hour-long audio podcast. It was slow getting going, and the approach of the priest initially had a somewhat dweeby air of a learned anthropologist going to examine a primitive tribe; but by the end, his heart had become opened by the Holy Spirit to a deeply sincere respect for the bedrock Biblical faith he found there.
As a natural ecumenicist, it may be because the old-time American traditions and religion are under such open attack right now that this podcast often dampened my eyes. I wish it had also been video. If you have time during this shut-down for an hour-long listen into the roots of Appalchian gospel, let me know how this struck you.
I know the priest that he talks with in this podcast. He’s from my neck of the woods.