From the recording Comfort & Joy
According to the University of Kentucky School of Music, which houses the John Jacob Niles Center for American Music, Niles composed "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" by the time of his recording in 1940 of "Early American Carols and Folksongs" on the RCA Victor "Red Seal" label. Niles is also credited with composing "I Wonder as I Wander," "Black is the Color of My True Love's Hair" and "Carol of the Birds." Others, however, claim the song "Jesus, Jesus, Rest Your Head" is a traditional Appalachian carol whose author is unknown, and that Niles, as a "song catcher," collected the song in the 1930s instead of writing it. Bob - hammered dulcimer and guitar; Beverly - keyboard.