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96—Hillbilly Thomists—Joseph Hagan, O.P.

By Catholic Culture Podcast ( bio - articles - email ) | Feb 01, 2021 | In The Catholic Culture Podcast

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The Hillbilly Thomists, a bluegrass group entirely composed of Dominican friars, have just released their second album, Living for the Other Side. Percussionist Fr. Joseph Hagan, who happens to be a priest at Thomas’s parish, joins the show to talk about the new album, the connections between bluegrass and the Apocalypse, and music as an expression of the Dominican mission of preaching.

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  • Posted by: dianekortan5972 - Feb. 03, 2021 11:00 AM ET USA

    Thank you for alerting us about this! I love bluegrass and especially bluegrass gospel, but somehow had never heard of the Hillbilly Thomists. God bless you!

  • Posted by: cmariefrench6102 - Feb. 02, 2021 8:43 PM ET USA

    Beautiful. I need say no more.