Mark Abernathy and the Sabre Rattlers


Mark Abernathy, of the Sabre Rattlers


I’m deeply interested in finding (and, to the very limited extent that I’m able, in encouraging) fresh artistic expressions of Mormonism.  To choose one example of many, I love David Johansen’s rendition of “A Poor Wayfaring Man of Grief” at the end of New York Doll, which I also thoroughly enjoyed.


So I want to share a Mormon-related musical phenomenon of which I’m very fond:  Mark Abernathy and the Sabre Rattlers.


Listen to the hymns on the site.  For me, at least, it was as if I were hearing them almost for the first time . . . again.


And, if you feel even slightly so inclined, buy them.  New artistic expression can flourish only if it finds financial support.  You can be, albeit perhaps on a small scale, a patron of the arts.  “Be the change you wish to see in the world!” admonishes the bumper sticker slogan.  Although falsely attributed to Mahatma Gandhi, it contains more than a little wisdom.  If you hope for better Mormon art, for richer expressions of the Restoration, support them.



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  • Mark Abernathy

    hey dan,

    i really enjoyed the article. no other way to reach you but i thought i’d let you know that we are kickstarting a new record. the facebook outreach so far has been not so good (and we only have 30 days left in kickstarter’s all-or-nothing system, but if you are interested in spreading the word, here we are:
    would love for you to take a look!

    wishing you well!


    • danpeterson

      I’ll happily spread the word. Congratulations!