Warren Steel will sign copies of The Makers of the Sacred Harp at Off Square Books. Following the signing there will be a sacred harp vocal performance.
The Makers of the Sacred Harp is a comprehensive guide to the texts and tunes of the deeply influential and long-lived southern tradition of shape-note singing. University of Mississippi associate professor David Warren Steel and Richard H. Hulan, a scholar of American hymnody, concentrate on the regional culture that produced the Sacred Harp in the nineteenth century and delve into history of its authors and composers. Drawing on census reports, local histories, family Bibles and other records, rich oral interviews with descendants, and Sacred Harp Publishing Company records, this volume reveals new details and insights about the history of this enduring, beautiful American musical tradition.