Category Archives: Gospel

Eight to the Bar

It’s a free form collection that knows no boundaries. Dynamic sounds from the past century of America’s music including tracks from Kinky Friedman, Hank Snow, Clara Ward, The Charioteers, and a host of others from every corner. We’ll be sharing The Old Spinning Wheel, a parlor song; songs about a baseball and silver screen legend; and gospel from the deeper wells. Join Dave Stroud for another Deeper Roots evening on KOWS Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ella Fitzgerald Beat Me, Daddy, Eight To The Bar Get Happy Amazon
3El Pauling & Royal Abbit Send Me Somebody The Complete Singles 1952-1962 Amazon
4Freddie King Please Send Me Someone To Love King Of The Blues Amazon
5Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson Gonna Send You Where I Got You From Mercury B&R Story '45-'55 – [Disc 1]: Midwest Blues V1 Amazon
6Nina Simone Children Go Where I Send You The Amazing Nina Simone/Nina Simone At Town Hall Amazon
7The Charioteers Walk Together Children Good News, Vol. 2: Wade In The Water Amazon
8The Original Gospel Harmonettes Just To Behold His Face Good News (Vol 3) Get Away Jordan Amazon
9Clara Ward And The Ward Sisters You Must Have Good Religion Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 2] Amazon
10Gal Holiday and the Honky Tonk Revue Plastic Jesus Set Two Amazon
11Wanda Jackson No Wedding Bells For Joe (2002 Digital Remaster) Wanda Jackson Amazon
12John Prine/Iris Dement In Spite of Ourselves In Spite of Ourselves Amazon
13Laura Nyro Wedding Bell Blues Stoned Soul Picnic: The Best of Laura Nyro (1 of 2) Amazon
14The Del-Vikings I Hear Bells (Wedding Bells) Hit The Road Jack- The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
15Kinky Friedman Marilyn and Joe Pearls in the Snow: The Songs of Kinky Friedman Amazon
16Simon & Garfunkel Mrs. Robinson The Essential Simon & Garfunkel [Disc 2] Amazon
17Blackjack Wayne Holding Hands For Joe I Got A Woman : Gems From The Decca Vaults [Disc 1] Amazon
18Hank Williams No, No Joe Beyond The Sunset Amazon
19Ernie K-Doe Popeye Joe Absolutely the Best Amazon
20The Howlin' Brothers World Spinning Round Trouble Amazon
21Hank Snow The Old Spinning Wheel (Chet Atkins) The Singing Ranger Disc 1 of 4 Amazon
22The Beau Hunks The Old Spinning Wheel The Beau Hunks Play The Original Laurel & Hardy Music [Disc 2] Amazon
23C.W. Stoneking I'm The Jungle Man Gon' Boogaloo Amazon
24Duke Ellington Jungle Jamboree The Jungle Band – The Brunswick Era Vol 2 (1929-31) Amazon
25Eddie Cantor Hungry Women grimriper2u@yahoo.com Amazon
26Dwight Yoakam Send Me the Pillow Buenas Noches from a Lonely Room Amazon
27Fatso Bentley June-teenth Jamboree The Best Of Bob Dylan's Theme Time Radio Hour Vol 2 Amazon
28Duke Ellington Mood Indigo The Jungle Band – The Brunswick Era Vol 2 (1929-31) Amazon
29Blue Lu Barker Where's Joe Chronological Blue Lu Barker (1946-1949) Amazon
30Gloria Lynne Cool Daddy Voodoo Voodoo: Feisty Fifties Females Amazon
31Little Richard Send Me Some Lovin' The Absolutely Essential 3 CD Collection Amazon
32Robert Gordon and Link Wray Black Slacks Too Fast to live… Too Young to Die Amazon
33Steve Earle & the Dukes Ain't Nobody's Daddy Now Terraplane Amazon
34Sam Cooke You Send Me Portrait Of A Legend 1951-1964 Amazon

The Arhoolie Label

There are a handful of record labels that subscribe to the ‘deeper roots’ dogma. And our show tries to cover all of them. But East Bay’s own Arhoolie, whose catalog was recently acquired by Smithsonian Folkways is a very special example, maybe the premiere example, of what it means to dig deeper. Founded in 1960 by Chris Strachwitz, a German transplant who moved to the States in 1947, Arhoolie was founded on the principle that the best music could be found by traveling the backroads. And that is precisely how it got started, with a recording device in his trunk and an ear for the sublime. Join us this Friday evening as we explore just a hint of the music you’ll find on a landmark roots label.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Big Mama Thornton Wade in the Water This Ain't No Mouse Music [Disc 1] Amazon
3Mance Lipscomb Sugar Babe Texas Songster Amazon
4Mance Lipscomb Jack O' Diamonds Texas Songster Amazon
5Snooks Eaglin Mama Don't You Tear My Clothes Country Boy Down In New Orleans Amazon
6K.C. Douglas High Water Rising Mercury Blues Amazon
7Lightnin' Hopkins Lightning Boogie Gold Star Sessions, Vol. 1 Amazon
8Big Joe Williams Shake Your Boogie Shake Your Boogie Amazon
9R.L. Watson & Johnny Woods Praying On The Old Campground & Lonesome Blues Mississippi Delta Blues Jam In Memphis Amazon
10Paramount Singers There's A Leak In This Old Building 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
11The Campbell Brothers Feat. Katie Jackson I Feel Good 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
12Sonny Treadway Don't Let The Devil Ride Sacred Steel Guitar Amazon
13Annie Mae & Fred McDowell I'm Going Over The Hill 15 Down Home Gospel Classics Amazon
14Sonny Treadway Amazing Grace Sacred Steel Guitar Amazon
15Bill Neely Satan's Burning Hell Texas Law & Justice Amazon
16Bill Neely I'm A Truck Drivin' Daddy Texas Law & Justice Amazon
17Del McCoury Hey, Hey Bartender 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
18Kirk Sutphin Yellow Rose Of Texas Masters of the Banjo Amazon
19Laurie Lewis & Dudley Connell The Johnson Boys Masters of the Banjo Amazon
20The Hodges Brothers Bogue Chito Fling Ding 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
21Rose Maddox Single Girl 16 Down Home Country Classics Amazon
22Maddox Bros. and Rose I Want to Live and Love This Ain't No Mouse Music [Disc 1] Amazon
23Adolph Hofner Dirty Dog South Texas Swing Amazon
24Lydia Mendoza Amor En Duda First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
25Lydia Mendoza A Ti Madre First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
26Lydia Mendoza Amor Bonito First Queen Of Tejano Music Amazon
27Don Santiago Jiminez, Sr. La Duena de la Llave Tex Mex Fiesta Amazon
28Flaco Jiminez Un Mojado Sin Licencia This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
29Clifton Chenier Bogalusa Boogie Bogalusa Boogie Amazon
30Savoy Family Band Two-Step de Amede This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
31Pine Leaf Boys Pine Grove Blues This Ain't No Mouse Music disc 2 Amazon
32HowellDevine Can't Be Satisfied Modern Sounds of Ancient Juju Amazon

Great Gospel

Deeper Roots goes to the deeper wells of black American gospel which is one of the more powerful examples of bedrock sounds that we play here on our show. This show includes hand-picked classics such as “The Old Rugged Cross”, “Joshua Fit the Battle”, “Trouble in My Way”, and a medley of freedom classics from the SNCC Freedom Singers. It’s a mix of jubilee quartets, female gospel greats, sensational musical sermons, as well as Aretha, Sister Tharpe, Mahalia, and The Staples. Tune in for more….a whole lot more.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2The Blind Boys Of Alabama Freedom Road Higher Ground Amazon
3Mahalia Jackson Didn't It Rain 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
4Marie Knight The Old Rugged Cross Hallelujah What A Song! Amazon
5Marie Knight Walk With Me The Great Gospel Women Amazon
6SNCC Freedom Singers Woke Up This Morning Crossroads: Southern Roots Amazon
7The Freedom Singers Freedom Medley:Freedom Chant, Oh Freedom, This Little Light Of Mine Voices Of the Civil Rights Movement Amazon
8Joseph Crawford and unidentified vocalist Free At Las' 2- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
9Southern Sons I'm Free At Last (1942) 1940's Vocal Groups: Southern Sons (1941-44) & Richmond's Harmonizing Four (1943) Amazon
10Sam Cooke And The Soul Stirrers Mean Old World The Complete Specialty Recordings [Disc 3] Amazon
11Aretha Franklin Precious Lord (Part One) Lovely Jazz Gospel & Blues Amazon
12Marion Williams Nobody Knows, Nobody Cares The Great Gospel Women Amazon
13Clara Ward Singers Somebody Bigger Than You & I Somebody Bigger Than You & I Amazon
14Morris Brown Quartet Climbing Up The Mountain I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
15Southern Sons Lift Every Voice And Sing I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
16The Swan Silvertones Trouble In My Way Love Lifted Me Amazon
17Bill Landford And The Landfordaires Trouble Of This World [Album Version] The Gospel Tradition: The Roots And The Branches, Vol. 1 Amazon
18Fisk Jubilee Singers Joshua Fit The Battle American Roots Music [Disc 3] Amazon
19Leonard de Paur conducting choir We Are Climbing Jacob's Ladder 5- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
20Gospel Tones Roll, Jordan, Roll Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
21The Sensational Nightingales Freedom After a While Great Gospel – People Get Ready Amazon
22Reverend Robert Ballinger So Glad 1950s Gospel Classics Amazon
23Mahalia Jackson I'm on My Way To Canaan 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
24The Trumpeteers I'll Fly Away Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe Stand By Me Complete Recorded Works, 1938 – 1944; Volume 1 Amazon
26The Belleville A Cappella Choir of the Church of God and Saints of Christ Great Camp Meeting… – Swing Low… – Steal Away – What Kind… – Oh Them… – I'm a Soldier… (Medley of Spirituals) Southern Journey Vol 11: Honor the Lamb Amazon
27The Staple Singers Swing Down, Chariot Swing Low Sweet Chariot + Uncloudy Day (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
28The Staple Singers Uncloudy Day Swing Low Sweet Chariot + Uncloudy Day (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
29Golden Gate Quartet God's Gonna Cut 'em Down 101 Great Black Gospel, Vol. 1 Amazon
30The Dixie Hummingbirds Christian's Automobile Thank You For One More Day: The 70th Anniversary Of The Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon
31Southern Sons Above My Head, I Hear The Music In The Air I Hear Music In The Air Amazon
32Arizona Dranes Bye & Bye We're Going To See The King He Is My Story: The Sanctified Soul Of Arizona Dranes Amazon

Lies and Liars

A notorious theme in our world today. But it’s not like there is a thin line between truth and lies in the end. The line is clearly defined and yet people would rather imagine anything but what is clearly painted before them. Our show today looks at what the worst often looks like. Dirty lies, white lies, poison lies, and all of those falsehoods made in earnest or in self promotion. There are those who proudly wear the color of lies and hate to remind us that vigilance is more important now than ever. Call out the lies. This week, we look at it through the gospel lens with Sister Rosetta Tharpe, swim into the rock oldies pool with The Knickerbockers, swing soft and winsome country with Carl Smith and The Carters, and we’ll also bring in some contemporary sounds including tracks from Mavis Staples, David Olney, and Robert Ellis. I don’t know about you but I’m sick about what’s happening.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Mavis Staples We Go High If All I Was Was Black Amazon
3Fats Domino Telling Lies Out Of New Orleans, Vol. 4 Amazon
4Sister Rosetta Tharpe No Room In the Church for Liars Precious Memories Amazon
5Sister Rosetta Tharpe Let That Liar Alone ABC Of The Blues Vol 43 Amazon
6Reverend A. Johnson Let That Liar Pass On By 1950s Gospel Classics Amazon
7Radio Yesterday Lights Out Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
8Martha Fields Southern White Lies Southern White Lies Amazon
9Laurie Lewis And The Right Hands Let That Liar Alone (Featuring Tom Rozum, Patrick Sauber, Harley Eblen & Andrew Conklin) The Hazel and Alice Sessions Amazon
10The Carter Family You Better Let That Liar Alone Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 3) Amazon
11David Olney No Lies One Tough Town Amazon
12Rosalie Allen Hitler Lives Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
13Carl Smith Wicked Lies Kisses Don't Lie Amazon
14The Nashville Bluegrass Band The Biggest Liars in Town Home of the Blues Amazon
15Flatt & Scruggs Poison Lies The Stanley Brothers: Selected Sides 1947-1953 [Disc 2] Amazon
16Les Paul & Mary Ford Lies Bye Bye Blues/Les and Mary Amazon
17Cyndi Lauper Lies A Hat Full Of Stars Amazon
18The Roosevelts Tell Only Lies The Greatest Thing You'll Ever Learn Amazon
19Ian Gomm Dirty Lies Summer Holiday Amazon
20The Castaways Liar, Liar Good Morning Vietnam [Soundtrack] Amazon
21The Knickerbockers Lies Nuggets Sampler 1965-1968 Amazon
22Tex Grande & His Range Riders Hitler's Reply to Mussolini Flashbacks # 6: Hitler & Hell Amazon
23Bill Boyd's Cowboy Ramblers Tellin' Lies The Eyes of Texas Amazon
24John Hartford Politic Hamilton Ironworks Amazon
25Mimi & Richard Farina House Un-American Blues Activity Dream Generations of Folk, Vol. 2 Protest & Politics Amazon
26Dar Williams/Doug Wainoris/G.E. Smith/Steve Holley/T-Bone Walk All Men Are Liars Labour of Love: The Music of Nick Lowe Amazon
27J.J. Cale Lies The Very Best of J.J. Cale Amazon
28Frankie Boots And The County Line Pack Of Lies Frankie Boots And The County Line Amazon
29Neko Case Lonely Old Lies The Virginian Amazon
30Johnnie Taylor Running Out Of Lies Lifetime: A Retrospective Of Soul, Blues & Gospel 1956- 1999 [Disc 3] Amazon

Tell Old Bill

We’ve got another free form collection of sounds for a Friday in Sonoma County. The July heat has us moving a little slower as everything around us appears to move at breakneck speed. So the idea is to help us find our center and we do that with sounds from the islands with Joe Keawe and Arthur Lyman, soul from the heart by Solomon Burke and Betty Everett, and some tradition with a mix of Johnny Cash, Ry Cooder, and Bob Wills. We find our muse throughout with David Lindley and El Rayo-X. Join us.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dave Van Ronk Tell Old Bill Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Amazon
3K.C. Douglas Mercury Blues Classic Blues From Smithsonian Folkways Amazon
4Jackson Browne & David Lindley Mercury Blues Love Is Strange [Disc 1] Amazon
5Warren Zevon Gorilla, You're A Desperado I'll Sleep When I'm Dead (An Anthology) [Disc 1] Amazon
6Billy Butler & The Enchanters I Can't Work No Longer Kent's Cellar Of Soul: Volume 2 Amazon
7The Temptations Papa Was A Rollin' Stone Anthology, Vol. 2 [Disc 2] Amazon
8Chris Barber's Jazz Band Petite Fleur (Little FLower) Your Hit Parade -1959 Amazon
9Joanie Sommers Johnny Get Angry Gems from the Warner Brothers Vault (Pt. 1) Amazon
10Arthur Lyman Group Maui Chimes The Best of the Arthur Lyman Group Amazon
11Sol K. Bright's Hollywaiians Tomi Tomi Vintage Hawaiian Music: The Great Singers 1928 – 1934 Amazon
12Joe Keawe My Little Grass Shack Hapa-Haole Hawaiian Hula Classics – Vintage Hawaiian Treasures: Vol. I Amazon
13Dave Van Ronk My Little Grass Shack (In Kealakekua, Hawaii) A Chrestomathy [Disc 2] Amazon
14Ry Cooder Big Bad Bill (Is Sweet William Now) Jazz (Remaster 2013) Amazon
15Rhiannon Giddens Up Above My Head Tomorrow Is My Turn Amazon
16Sister Rosetta Tharpe Singing in My Soul The Original Soul Sister: Singing in My Soul [Disc 3] Amazon
17Etta James Something's Got a Hold on Me Chess Blues Disc 4 Amazon
18Betty Everett You're No Good Something's Got A Hold On Me Amazon
19Solomon Burke If You Need Me Very Best of Solomon Burke (Reis) Amazon
20The Impressions Gypsy Woman Hit The Road Jack: The ABC-Paramount Story Amazon
21Huey "Piano" Smith & His Clowns Tu-Ber-Cu-Lucas And The Sinus Blues Having A Good Time with Huey 'Piano' Smith & His Clowns – The Very Best Of, Volume 1 Amazon
22Wild Tchoupitoulas Brother John Theme Time Radio Hour With Your Host Bob Dylan – Season 3 [[Disc 2]] Amazon
23Nappy Brown Goody Goody Gum Drop Night Time Is the Right Time [Disc 1] Amazon
24Johnny Cash Understand Your Man 16 Biggest Hits Amazon
25Johnny Cash Cindy[w. Nick Cave] Unearthed Vol 3 – Redemption Songs Amazon
26Bob Wills & His Texas Playboys Get Along Home, Cindy Tiffany Transcriptions, Vol. 8 Amazon
27The Louvin Brothers I Wonder Where You Are Tonight Close Harmony [Disc 3] Amazon
28Jimmy Dean Big Bad John (Uncensored Version) Best of Answer Songs vol 3 Amazon
29Big Brother & the Holding Company/Janis Joplin Bye Bye Baby Janis Joplin's Greatest Hits Amazon
30Pope's Arkansas Mountaineers Get Along Home, Miss Cindy Arkansas at 78 RPM: Corn Dodgers & Hoss Hair Pullers Amazon
31David Lindley & El Rayo-X Texas Tango Very Greasy Amazon
32David Lindley Mercury Blues El Rayo-X Amazon

Dylan & The Gospel

The argument has been made that Bob Dylan’s earliest music contained more prophetic prose than his deep dive into the Christian faith in Slow Train Coming. His pen had always leaned on the big story lines of Old and New Testaments but he went all out, much as he did in his ‘rock’ conversion, when he made the direct connection to matters of the soul that he would find in the Bible. This week’s show features the gospel songs of Bob Dylan, performed by gospel greats The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Fairfield Four, The Mighty Clouds of Joy, and so many others. Tune into Sonoma County Community radio for a Dylan gospel fest including Maria Muldaur and Willie Nile.

 

Highway to Heaven

The first of two gospel Friday mornings coming up on Deeper Roots in June. This week, we’ll follow a ‘heavenly’ theme. The Christian vision of afterlife’s reward is expressed in music on a Friday morning in West County (of all places). There will be country and black gospel sounds emanating from the UMC in downtown Sebastopol on KOWS radio as we share performances about heaven including the electric voices of Marion Williams and Marie Knight; the rocking celebration of the good book from Sister Rosetta and Brother Claude Ely; and country gospel enlightenment from Willie and Bobbie Nelson. This one is worth the wait and worth it’s weight in heavenly gold. Tune in!

 

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Thomas A. Dorsey with Alex Bradford It's A Highway To Heaven Precious Lord Recordings Of The Great Gospel Songs Of Thomas A. Dorsey Amazon
3Fisk Jubilee Singers Shout All Over God's Heaven Recordings In Chonological Order, Vol. 2: 1915-1920 Amazon
4The Abyssinian Baptist Gospel Choir Heaven Belongs To You Shakin' The Rafters Amazon
5The Staple Singers What Are They Doing? (In Heaven Today) Amen/Why Amazon
6Washington Phillips What Are They Doing In Heaven Today Folk Blues & Gospel: Will the Circle Be Unbroken Amazon
7Mahalia Jackson A City Called Heaven Gospels, Spirituals, & Hymns Amazon
8Mahalia Jackson Walk Over God's Heaven 16 Most Requested Songs Amazon
9Clara Ward When We All Get To Heaven The Very Greatest Amazon
10Sister Rosetta Tharpe Walk All Over To God's Heaven Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
11Original Gospel Stars I Want To Go To Heaven Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
12Blind Gussie Nesbit Canaan's Land When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
13Mother McCollum When I Take My Vacation In Heaven When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
14Willie and Bobbie Nelson When We All Get To Heaven Farther Along Amazon
15Patsy Cline Life's Railway to Heaven Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century Amazon
16Roy Acuff & His Smoky Mountain Boys I'll Reap My Harvest In Heaven King of Country Music [Disc 3] : Fireball Mail Amazon
17Alison Krauss & The Cox Family Walk Over God's Heaven New Country December 1994 Amazon
18The Stanley Brothers Angels Are Singing (In Heaven Tonight) [Album Version] The Complete Columbia Stanley Brothers Amazon
19Jimmy Martin Little Angels In Heaven Jimmy Martin & The Sunny Mountain Boys 1954-1974 [Disc 2] Amazon
20Ethel Davenport & Ehel Davenport Singers Heavenly Express Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
21The Staple Singers On My Way To Heaven Four Classic Albums Amazon
22Blind Gussie Nesbit Pure Religion When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
23Sister Cally Fancy Goin' On To Heaven In The Sanctified Way Goodbye, Babylon – Deliverance Will Come [Disc 2] Amazon
24Sister Rosetta Tharpe Heaven Is Not My Home Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
25Sister Rosetta Tharpe Beams of Heaven The Original Soul Sister: This Train [Disc 4] Amazon
26Marie Knight Seal Of Heaven Hallelujah What A Song! Amazon
27Dorothy Love Coates & The Original Gospel Harmonettes Heaven I Heard So Much About It I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel From the Nashboro Label 1951-1983 Amazon
28Dorothy Love Coates When I Reach My Heavenly Home The Best Of Dorothy Love Coates And The Original Gospel Harmonettes Amazon
29Marion Williams Sometimes I Ring Up Heaven Packin' Up Amazon
30The Davis Sisters Too Close To Heaven Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 4] Amazon
31The Swan Silvertones Heavenly Light Shine On Me Heavenly Light Amazon
32The Golden Gate Quartet No Restricted Signs (Up in Heaven) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) Amazon
33Brother Claude Ely I Want To Go To Heaven Satan Get Back Amazon
34Bill Neely Satan's Burning Hell The Essential Guide To Gospel Amazon

Early Gospel Blues

Gospel music informed much of the music from the early century and the blues took it’s soul and inspiration from many passages. Numerous street corner buskers promoted the scripture and many, like Blind Willie Johnson, Gary Davis, Oda Mae Terrell, and Mother McCollum were known as musical evangelists in addition to their place in the church. And the spirituals also informed the music of Blind Boy Fuller, Charley Patton, Barbecue Bob, Blind Lemon Jefferson, and so many early blues men and women. We’ll sample a few and take our Friday evening show with some reverence and grit.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Washington Phillips Denomination Blues – Part 1 Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
3Mississippi John Hurt Praying On The Old Camp Ground Avalon Blues: The Complete 1928 OKeh Recordings Amazon
4Mother McCollum Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951) Amazon
5Mother McCollum Oh Lord I'm Your Child Guitar Evangelists (1928-1951) Amazon
6Blind Lemon Jefferson He Arose From The Dead The Complete Classic Sides Remastered: Atlanta & Chicago 1926 [Disc 2] Amazon
7Blind Joe Taggart And Joshua White Scandalous And A Shame (Pm 12780, 20942-4) The Rise & Fall of Paramount Records, Volume 2 (1928-1932) Amazon
8Sam Collins I Want To Be Like Jesus In My Heart Complete Recorded Works 1927-31 Amazon
9Barbecue Bob When The Saints Go Marching In Complete Recorded Works Vol 1 Amazon
10Blind Willie Johnson I'm Gonna Run To The City Of Refuge Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
11Charley Patton Lord I'm Discouraged Blues Images Presents: 1920's Blues Classics Vol.14 Amazon
12Bukka White I Am In the Heavenly Way Masters Of The Delta Blues: The Friends Of Charlie Patton Amazon
13Bo Weavil Jackson (Sam Butler) Heaven Is My View Backwoods Blues (1926-1935) Amazon
14Lil McClintock Sow Good Seeds 21 Classic Blues Songs From The 1920's Vol. 10 Amazon
15Blind Nesbit Gussie Pure Religion Vol. 2-(1929-34) Amazon
16Blind Gussie Nesbit Canaan's Land When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
17Skip James Jesus Is a Mighty Good Leader Complete Early Recordings Amazon
18Blind Boy Fuller Precious Lord Heart Ease Blues (The Blues Collection Vol.55) Amazon
19Blind Boy Fuller Must Have Been My Jesus Heart Ease Blues (The Blues Collection Vol.55) Amazon
20Josh White Jesus Gonna Make Up My Dying Bed Preachin' The Gospel – Holy Blues Amazon
21Josh White Lord, I Want To Die Easy Complete Recorded Works 1929-1940 Vol. 2 Amazon
22Blind Willie McTell I Got Religion I'm So Glad (w/ Kate McTell) The Classic Years: 1933 – 1935 New York " Chicago Amazon
23Bull City Red I Feel Like Shoutin' Blues And Gospel From The Eastern States (1935-1944) Amazon
24Memphis Minnie Let Me Ride Memphis Minnie – Queen of Country Blues, 1929 – 1937 [Disc 4] Amazon
25Brownie McGhee Done What My Lord Said The Complete Brownie McGhee [Disc 2] Amazon
26Jimpson & Group No More My Lord Parchman Farm: Photographs And Field Recordings: 19471959 Amazon
27Sister O. M. Terrell God's Little Birds Country Gospel 1946-1953 Amazon
28Rev. Gary Davis Get Right Church Gospel, Blues, and Street Songs Amazon
29Reverend Gary Davis I Am The Light Of This World Harlem Street Singer Amazon
30Blind Willie McTell Lord Have Mercy If You Please Pig 'n Whistle Red Amazon
31Sister Rosetta Tharpe Everybody's Gonna Have A Wonderful Time Up There Vol. 3-1946-47 Complete Record Amazon
32Sister Rosetta Tharpe Saviour Don't Pass Me By Complete Recorded Works, 1938 – 1944; Volume 1 Amazon
33Big Joe Williams King Jesus Shake Your Boogie Amazon

Rockin’ Rhythm & Gospel

We gravitate towards gospel because it’s roots are so entwined with virtually every form of music we feature on Deeper Roots; so we’ll revisit the sound once more. However, in this episode we’ll focus on the rock and rhythm inspiration…gospel performances that were more worldliness than holiness. Jesus Rocked The Jukebox is the name of an album that we’ve leaned on in this episode and expanded from there with examples of over-the-top performances in the key of the sacred but with the pounding rhythmic syncopation of the secular. Join Dave Stroud as he pulls out the stop with the likes of The Dixie Hummingbirds, The Detroiters, The Highway QCs, Fannie Bell Chapman, and a host of others. Breathtaking gospel for a Friday evening in Sonoma County.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Pilgrim Travelers After While (Take 8) Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
3The Detroiters Let Jesus Lead You Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
4The Dixie Hummingbirds Jesus Children of America 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon
5The Swan Silvertones Trouble In My Way Love Lifted Me Amazon
6The Dixie Hummingbirds Trouble In My Way The History of Black Gospel Volume 6 Amazon
7Lou Rawls & The Chosen Gospel Singers Walk With Me Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
8The Original Blind Boys People Don't Sing Like They Used To Sing Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
9The Blind Boys Of Alabama He's Alright Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
10Fannie Bell Chapman He's My Rock, My Sword, My Shield Fire In My Bones : Raw + Rare + Otherworldly African-American Gospel, 1944-2007 Amazon
11The Chosen Gospel Singers Ananais Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
12The Chosen Gospel Singers Trouble Of This World's Condition I Heard The Angels Singing : Electrifying Black Gospel From The Nashboro Label 1951-1983 Amazon
13Rosa Shaw On The Highway Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
14Sister Emily Bram Each Day Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
15Sister Rosetta Tharpe Up Above My Head There's Music In The Air Gospel Train Amazon
16Sister Rosetta Tharpe Rock Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel, Vol. 3 Amazon
17Lucky Millinder/Sister Rosetta Tharpe Shout, Sister, Shout! The Gospel of Blues Amazon
18The Staple Singers Wade In The Water Freedom Highway Amazon
19The Staple Singers Jacob's Ladder Freedom Highway Amazon
20The Golden Gate Quartet Wade In The Water (1946) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) (Complete Recorded Works In Chronologial Order, Vol. 5, 1939-1949) Amazon
21Gospel Hummingbirds Pray On Taking Flight Amazon
22The Highway QC'S Walk with Me Great Gospel – People Get Ready Amazon
23The Highway Q.C.'s The Way Up The Hill Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
24Brother John Sellers He's My Rock Smithsonian Folkways: Classic African American Gospel Amazon
25The Swan Silvertones My Rock Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances: Vol. 2: More Black Gospel Amazon
26Roberta Martin And The Roberta Martin Singers Rock My Soul Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel, 1945-1958 Amazon
27Gospel Silhouettes Rock In A Weary Land Powerhouse Gospel Vol 1 Amazon
28The Swan Silvertones Sinner Man Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
29Gospel Supremes Sinner Man Local Customs: Downriver Revival Amazon
30Silvertone Quintet Stand By Me Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
31Mary Deloatch The Lord's Gospel Train Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
32Roscoe Robinson With Huey Brown & The Silver Quintette Sinner's Crossroads Nuggets Of The Golden Age Of Gospel 1945-1958 Amazon
33The Harmonizing Four Hallelujah Jesus Rocked The Jukebox: Small Group Black Gospel (1951-1965) Amazon
34The Staple Singers Will The Circle Be Unbroken Folk, Gospel & Blues Will The Circle Be Unbroken Disk 2 Amazon
35The Dixie Hummingbirds Christian's Automobile 20th Century Masters – The Millennium Collection: The Best of the Dixie Hummingbirds Amazon

Elvis’ Roots

The influence of gospel, blues, country, and tradition has always informed the music of Elvis…and while we’re not digging too far into the later works, we’ll go sit with Elvis on the sofa with our ears to the Victrola and the crackling of WDIA Memphis and the smattering of black blues and gospel over the air. We’ll hear The Carters, Jimmy Reed, Smiley Lewis, Little Junior Parker, Mahalia Jackson, and a couple dozen more in this episode. Keep an ear out for some rare recordings including those whose meager popularity evaporated once Elvis went on to cover them. Names like Joe Dowell, The Eagles (not the LA band), Deacon Tom Foger, and Charlie Blackwell bely their contributions to the Elvis catalog.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Big Mama Thornton Hound Dog Blues Classics '27_'69 [Disc 2] Amazon
3Bill Monroe And His Bluegrass Boys Blue Moon Of Kentucky Columbia Country Classics Volume 1: The Golden Age Amazon
4Ernest Tubb I Love You Because The Texas Troubadour ([Disc 2] – Slippin' Around (The Hits Vol.2) Amazon
5Gene Austin Love Letters In The Sand A Time To Relax Amazon
6Eddy Arnold It's a Sin Country & Western Hit Parade 1947 Amazon
7Red Foley Old Shep Tennessee Saturday Night Amazon
8The Lone Star Cowboys Just Because East Virginia Blues (When The Sun Goes Down Series) Amazon
9The Carter Family I'm Working On A Building The Carter Family: 1927-1934 [Disc 5] Amazon
10Deacon Tom Foger & The Camp Meeting Choir Working On The Building Powerhouse Gospel Amazon
11Kokomo Arnold Milk Cow Blues Blues Classics: '27_'69 [Disc 1] Amazon
12Arthur Gunter Baby Let's Play House The Best Of Excello Records Amazon
13Jimmy Reed Big Boss Man The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
14Jimmy Reed Baby What You Want Me To Do The Very Best of Jimmy Reed Amazon
15Arthur Big Boy Crudup So Glad You're Mine Rock Me Mama (The Blues Collection Vol.47) Amazon
16Arthur Big Boy Crudup So Glad You're Mine Rock Me Mama (The Blues Collection Vol.47) Amazon
17Little Junior Parker Mystery Train Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon
18Little Richard Long Tall Sally Specialty Profiles: Larry Williams Amazon
19Chuck Berry Promised Land The Chess Box Disc 2 Amazon
20Lloyd Price Lawdy Miss Clawdy Doctors Professors Kings & Queens: Box New Orleans Amazon
21The Eagles Trying To Get To You Mercury R+B '46-'62 [Disc 1] Amazon
22Smiley Lewis One Night I Hear You Knocking: 1947-1962 Disc 3 Amazon
23Clyde McPhatter & The Drifters Money Honey Bob Dylan – Radio Radio – Theme Time Radio Hour Volume Four Amazon
24Roy Brown Good Rockin' Tonight Gettin' Funky [Disc 3] – The Hitmakers Amazon
25Ivory Joe Hunter I Need You So The Chronological Ivory Joe Hunter : 1947 – 1950 Amazon
26Billy Bunn & His Buddies That's When Your Heartaches Begin Money Honey – Rise of the Black Vocal Group 51-53 Amazon
27Charlie Blackwell The Girl of My Best Friend Gems from the Warner Brothers Vault (Pt. 1) Amazon
28Big Joe Turner Shake, Rattle & Roll Loud, Fast & Out of Control: The Wild Sounds of the '50s [Box] Disc 1 Amazon
29Sister Rosetta Tharpe I Believe Sister Rosetta Tharpe Amazon
30The Golden Gate Quartet Joshua Fit The Battle Of Jericho (1946) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) (Complete Recorded Works In Chronologial Order, Vol. 5, 1939-1949) Amazon
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33Sister Rosetta Tharpe Precious Memories Sister Rosetta Tharpe and the Spirit of Gospel (Vol. 4) Amazon
34Joe Dowell Wooden Heart Easy Listening Gold 1960-1961 Amazon
35Glen Gray & The Casa Lorne Orchestra Blue Moon Bob Dylan Presents: Cover to Cover – The Originals Amazon