Category Archives: Gospel

Rev. Gary Davis – Live at Gerde’s Folk City

Sussex has passed along this amazing set from Poke. It’s hot off the presses, only 47 years old… and definitely worth the wait. Through the three discs of this set, spanning several nights of live performance, replete with in-between-song banter, … Continue reading

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Maria Muldaur – Gospel Nights

And continuing the thread from the last post, we have Maria Muldaur! You’ve heard her before in the Jim Kweskin Jug Band, and she’s had an amazing career since then, getting steadily better. I for one have always been impressed … Continue reading

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Sweet Honey in the Rock

…I have always believed art is the conscience of the human soul and that artists have the responsibility not only to show life as it is but to show life as it should be. … Sweet Honey In The Rock … Continue reading

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Get Right With God: Hot Gospel

More crazed ecstatic holy-ruckus-making choirs, preachers, and guitar/piano-slingers from our beloved southern states. And a handful of harmonic eerie doom-fortelling quartet recordings to round things out. Isn’t it great what happens when state religion goes through the folk process? It’s … Continue reading

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Sanctified Country Girls 1927-31

Another delicacy from Lemmy Caution: Here we have some more early ecstatic religious music: a fascinating collection of Pentecostal-style gospel performances by wonderful (though obscure) artists: Jessie Mae Hill, Cally Fancy, and Rev. Sister Mary Nelson — rural Pentacostal women. … Continue reading

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God’s mighty hand: Gospel evangelists

I love it when people request things that I was about to post anyway. This album is the first in a run of several religious/gospel posts, again thanks to the venerable Lemmy Caution. More hair-raising, slide-wielding, resurrection-invoking, fret-bending, hellfire-and-brimstone-sermonizing, hand-clapping, … Continue reading

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Blind Willie Johnson – The Complete Blind Willie Johnson

This is beautiful hair-raising music by one of the most influential roots musicians of the 20th century. He has indelibly changed many musicians (such as John Fahey, Bob Brozman, and Blind Willie McTell), who were floored upon first hearing him … Continue reading

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Reverend Gary Davis

“In Davis we encounter a complete musician, a composer aware of all musical details, exploring new possibilities. Davis has not been acclaimed as Robert Johnson, yet he alone brought many traditions to culmination through an artistry which surpassed nearly all … Continue reading

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Joseph Spence & The Pinder Family – The Spring of Sixty-Five

What’s crazier than Joseph Spence hammering away at his guitar and garbling verses in multiple layers of syncopation? His whole family doing it with him! Here is a picture of Joseph Spence with his sister, Edith Pinder, in the background, … Continue reading

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Sister Rosetta Tharpe – The Gospel of the Blues

While thinking about what to say and also looking for a picture of Sister Rosetta Tharpe, I found that another blog had done my work for me. Jason Chervokas of The Astounding Trickster! blog had this to say: “If Sister … Continue reading

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