Category Archives: African American Gospel

Gospel Jubilee

From the hills of Appalachia to the urban church pews of the East, North, South, and West…we’ve got camp meeting celebrations, old time religion, with biblical strains where voices raised above the fray brought solace to the masses. And speaking of voices, tune in for some of the very best gospel spanning bluegrass, tradition, soul, and black gospel from heaven’s radio. The Davis Sisters, The Blind Boys of Alabama, Aretha, The Blue Sky Boys, and Ralph Stanley are on the docket alongside The Carter Family, John Fogerty and Willie and Bobbie Nelson. Some brand new Americana surfaces to keep the kettle warm in the kitchen…Friday mornings with a dash of Billy Sunday’s crowd gatherings. It’s a Sunday meeting on a Friday morning here on Sonoma County Community Radio.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Ola Belle Reed Uncloudy Day Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Amazon
3The Swanee River Boys Uncloudy Day More Southern Gospel Classics Amazon
4Charlie Parr Jubilee Charlie Parr Amazon
5Rose Maddox Turn Your Radio On Hillbilly Jamboree Amazon
6John Fogerty Workin' on a Building The Blue Ridge Rangers Amazon
7Alison Krauss Down To The River To Pray A Hundred Miles Or More: A Collection Amazon
8Chuck Wagon Gang/Gatlin Brothers Heaven's Jubilee 70th Anniversary Amazon
9Willie and Bobbie Nelson Old Time Religion Farther Along Amazon
10Odetta Meeting At The Building 7 Classic Albums Plus Bonus Radio Tracks Amazon
11Mississippi John Hurt Let the Mermaids Flirt With Me The Complete Studio Recordings Disc 3 Amazon
12Washington Phillips Denomination Blues – Part 1 Manzarene Dreams Amazon
13Reverend Gary Davis Crucifixion Heroes of the Blues – the very best of Re. Gary Davis Amazon
14Joseph Crawford and unidentified vocalist There's A Meeting Here Tonight 2- The Long Road To Freedom : An Anthology Of Black Music Amazon
15The Blind Boys of Alabama feat. Patty Griffin Jubilee I'll Find A Way Amazon
16Jorma Kaukonen Have More Faith In Jesus The Land Of Heroes Amazon
17The Carter Family Meeting in the Air Carter Family, vol. 2: 1935-1941 (Disc 5) Amazon
18Aretha Franklin How I Got Over Amazing Grace (The Complete Recordings – [Disc 1]) Amazon
19Bruce Cockburn Twelve Gates To The City Bone On Bone Amazon
20The Charioteers Jubilee Good News, Vol. 2: Wade In The Water Amazon
21The Davis Sisters Get Right With God Golden Gospel Gals 1949-1959 [Disc 4] Amazon
22Grandpa Jones Old Camp Meeting Time An American Original Amazon
23Mac Wiseman Old Camp Meeting Time Grassroots To Bluegrass Amazon
24Blue Sky Boys Old Fashioned Meeting The Chronological Classics 1937-1938 (Warped 3807) Amazon
25The Blue Sky Boys Where The Soul Of Man Never Dies Something Got A Hold Of Me Amazon
26Edwin Hawkins Singers Oh Happy Day Jubilation! Great Gospel Performances, Vol. 1: Black Gospel Amazon
27John Fogerty Somewhere Listening (For My Name) The Blue Ridge Rangers Amazon
28Ralph Stanley Angel Band Bluegrass Today [Disc 1] Amazon
29The Nashville Bluegrass Band Up Above My Head My Native Home Amazon
30Leonard De Paur Infantry Chorus In That Great Gettin' Up Morning [Album Version] The Gospel Tradition: The Roots And The Branches, Vol. 1 Amazon
31Louis Armstrong & His Orchestra Jubilee [Single Version] Heart Full Of Rhythm / Volume 2 (1936-38) Amazon

Gospel Crosscurrents

Another gospel celebration, this time with a mix of country, bluegrass, classic black gospel, and a very special blending from the annals of rock n’ roll. We’re calling this roots celebration “Gospel Cross-Currents” and it makes its way through a mix of fifties country gospel of Fern Jones and Bonnie Owens and some recent country releases of Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives with folk, bluegrass and black gospel of the early century. Tune in for Mac Wiseman, Mahalia Jackson, Elvis, the Alphabetical Four, and Sister Lottie Peavy. Deeper Roots celebrates each Friday morning on KOWS and Friday evening on KWTF.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Good News Saturday Night / Sunday Morning Amazon
3Marty Stuart and His Fabulous Superlatives Keep on the Firing Line Saturday Night / Sunday Morning Amazon
4Carl Story Keep on the Firing Line 1942-1947 (Warped 4780) Amazon
5Browns Ferry Four Keep On The Firing Line Goodbye, Babylon – Goodbye, Babylon [Disc 5] Amazon
6Precious Bryant Sit Down Servant The Truth Amazon
7Jackson Browne & David Lindley Sit Down Servant Love Is Strange [Disc 1] Amazon
8Mike Farris Sit Down Servant Salvation in Lights Amazon
9Bad Livers I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap Dust On The Bible Amazon
10Mac Wiseman I'm Using My Bible For A Roadmap Most Requested Amazon
11Michelle Lanchester w/Sweet Honey In The Rock I Was Standing By The Bedside Of A Neighbor (If You See My Savior) African American Gospel: The Pioneering Composers Amazon
12Dave Alvin and Phil Alvin If You See My Savior Lost Time Amazon
13Porter Wagoner/Willie Nelson Family Bible Unplugged Amazon
14Commander Cody & His Lost Planet Airmen Family Bible Lost In The Ozone Amazon
15Lyle Lovett I'm A Soldier In The Army Of The Lord Smile: Songs From The Movies Amazon
16Willie Nelson Sweet Bye and Bye Old Time Religion Amazon
17Elizabeth Cotten Medley: A) Sweet Bye And Bye B) What A Friend We Have In Jesus Freight Train And Other North Carolina Folk Songs And Tunes Amazon
18Alphabetical Four What a Friend We Have in Jesus Complete Recorded Works 1938-1943 Amazon
19Bonnie Owens What a Friend We Have in Jesus 1968-1971 (Warped 6947) Amazon
20Fern Jones By And By The Glory Road Amazon
21Elvis Presley By and By Amazing Grace: His Greatest Sacred Songs Disc 1 Amazon
22Paul Butterfield's Better Days Nobody's Fault But Mine 'Better Days' + 'Better Days – It All Comes Back' Amazon
23Sister Lottie Peavy Nobody's Fault But Mine Great Gospel Performers: Complete Recording Sessions in Chronological Order, 1937-1950 Amazon
24Brother Claude Ely I'm Crying Holy Unto The Lord Satan Get Back Amazon
25Bad Livers Crying Holy Unto The Lord Dust On The Bible Amazon
26The Jordaniares Dig a Little Deeper The Jordaniares Gospel Amazon
27Mahalia Jackson Dig A Little Deeper Good News (Vol 3) Get Away Jordan Amazon
28Johnny Cash Where We'll Never Grow Old Unearthed Volume Four. My Mother's Hymn Book Amazon
29Patty Griffin Never Grow Old Downtown Church Amazon
30Johnny Cash & The Carter Family Were You There (When They Crucified My Lord) Country's 20 Classic Gospel Songs of the Century Amazon
31Aaron Neville Were You There Gospel Roots Amazon
32Jessi Colter His Eye Is On The Sparrow [Album Version] Out Of The Ashes Amazon
33The Staple Singers This May Be The Last Time Swing Low Amazon

Carl Sandburg’s Songbag Pt 2

We had so much fun with our first installment a few months back that we thought it was worth a second installment…well, that and the depth and breadth of the American Songbag certainly lends itself to doing so. It doesn’t hurt either that it fits our deeper roots sensibilities so well. This installment finds us meandering about those classic songs whose topics include mellow blues ballads, hobo songs, Mexican border songs (how appropriate), tarnished love tales, and the ‘road to heaven’. Helping us through our sets we’ll be featuring an interesting collection of performers:  Dave Van Ronk, Dock Boggs, Rosanne Cash, and Peter Case. A host of others will join in the fun on Community Radio for Sonoma County.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Dave Van Ronk Willie The Weeper Down In Washington Square: The Smithsonian Folkways Collection Amazon
3The Nitty Gritty Dirt Band Willie the Weeper Dirt, Silver & Gold Disc 1 Amazon
4Dan Zanes Roll The Chariot Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
5Josh White Barbara Allen Best Of Josh White Amazon
6Delmore Brothers Frozen Girl Brown's Ferry Blues Amazon
7Dock Boggs Pretty Polly Country Blues Amazon
8The Carter Family My Sweetheart Is a Poor Working Girl/Waves of the Sea (Instrumental) On Border Radio – 1939 – vol. 1 Amazon
9Tony Rice House Carpenter Church Street Blues Amazon
10Hylo Brown Pretty Fair Maiden Legends & Tall Tales Amazon
11Ola Belle Reed, John Miller, Burl Kilby The Orphan Girl Ola Belle Reed and Southern Mountain Music on the Mason-Dixon Line Amazon
12David Rawlings Midnight Train Poor David's Almanack Amazon
13Arlo Guthrie Gypsy Davy Last of the Brooklyn Cowboys (Remastered 2004) Amazon
14Peter Case Roving Gambler Sings Like Hell Amazon
15Rosanne Cash Bury Me Under The Weeping Willow The List Amazon
16Aaron Copland, London Symphony Orchestra & William Warfield Old American Songs (Set One): Zion's Walls Copland Conducts Copland (Expanded Edition) Amazon
17Louis Armstrong Ezekiel Saw De Wheel Louis And The Good Book Amazon
18Sister Rosetta Tharpe Things That I used to do (and I Don't Do No More) The Gospel Truth Amazon
19The Robinson Children I Ain't Gwine Study About War No More Swinging Gospel Sounds (1935-1942) Amazon
20The Bronzemen Dese Bones Gwine Rise Again The Bronzemen – Radio Transcriptions (1939) Amazon
21Septeto Habanero Cielito Lindo Cuba. Por La Musica Amazon
22Los Panchos La Cucaracha – La Adelita Cattle Call-Early Cowboy Music And It's Roots Amazon
23Dan Zanes Lo Que Digo Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
24Kathy Reid-Naiman Pretty Betty Martin Dear Jean: Artists Celebrate Jean Ritchie Amazon
25Laurie Lewis Weevily Wheat Laurie Lewis & Her Bluegrass Pals Amazon
26Dan Zanes Cuckoo Waltz Parades And Panoramas: 25 Songs Collected By Carl Sandburg For The American Songbag Amazon
27Tom Paxton Times A-Getting Hard, Boys Seeds – The Songs Of Pete Seeger, Vol. 3 (Disc 2 Of 2 – Friends Of Pete) Amazon
28Bobby Bare Times Are Gettin' Hard Memories – RCA Singles 1962 – 1969 Amazon
29Ronnie Gilbert Lincoln And Liberty Songs Of The Civil War Amazon
30Jim Kweskin & Geoff Muldaur The Boll Weevil Penny's Farm Amazon
31Dave Van Ronk Gamblers Blues Dust Bowl Blues Essential American Folk 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

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

Pure Religion

Pure Religion
Pure Religion

Gospel is the order of the day … inspirational American roots music to moderate the gloomy days of mid-Winter here in Sonoma County. Blues, rock, country, and the sanctified sounds of spirituality coming to you on another Wednesday evening on Deeper Roots. Our playlist will take you to Maxwell Street with Daddy Stovepipe,  the ‘heavenly shore’ with Blind Gussie Nesbit, into the deep country southern climes with Polk Miller and Mac Odell, and we’ll explore contemporary religious topics with Warren Zevon, The Reverend Peyton’s Big Damn Band, and Lucinda Williams. Tune in!

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Fern Jones I Ain't Got Time The Glory Road Amazon
3Reverend Gary Davis Pure Religion Harlem Street Singer Amazon
4Blind Gussie Nesbit Pure Religion When I Reach That Heavenly Shore: Unearthly Black Gospel 1926 – 1936 Amazon
5Rory Block Pure Religion I Belong To The Band: A Tribute To Rev. Gary Davis Amazon
6Rev. Pearly Brown God Don't Never Change You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion Amazon
7Lonnie Johnson Devil's Got The Blues Complete Recorded Works, Vol:1 Amazon
8The Louvin Brothers Sinner, You'd Better Get Ready Stained Glass Hour: Bluegrass and Old-Timey Gospel Music Amazon
9Iris DeMent I've Got That Old Time Religion (In My Heart) Lifeline Amazon
10Wade Mainer Streamlined Religion 1961 King Session Amazon
11Doug Macleod Dubb's Talking Religion Blues There's a Time Amazon
12Willie and Bobbie Nelson Old Time Religion Farther Along Amazon
13Pete Seeger Old Time Religion Singalong: Live At Sanders Theatre, Cambridge, Massachusetts, 1980 (1 of 2) Amazon
14Daddy Stovepipe (Johnny Watson) Old Time Religion Blues From Maxwell Street Amazon
15Polk Miller's Old South Quartette That "Old Time" Religion Music Of The Old South: Polk Miller & The Old South Quartette Amazon
16Sister Rosetta Tharpe I Claim Jesus First The Original Soul Sister: Singing in My Soul [Disc 3] Amazon
17The Blind Boys Of Alabama Good Religion Spirit Of The Century Amazon
18The Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band Devils Look Like Angels Between the Ditches Amazon
19Warren Zevon Dirty Little Religion Life'll Kill Ya Amazon
20Mac Odell One Day Religion Heartwarming Gospel – 18 Best of King Gospel Amazon
21T. Texas Tyler You've Got to Live Your Religion Every Day T. Texas Tyler Hymns Amazon
22Lucinda Williams You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion Ramblin' Amazon
23Rev. Pearly Brown By And By (I'm Gonna See The King) You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion Amazon
24The Staple Singers I Know I Got Religion Swing Low Sweet Chariot + Uncloudy Day (Bonus Track Version) Amazon
25Norridge Mayhams And The Blue Chips Give Me That Old Time Religion Norridge Mayhams and The Blue Chips Amazon
26Reverend Edward Clayborn Then We'll Need That True Religion …I Listen to the Wind That Obliterates My Traces Amazon
27The Weavers True Religion The Weavers Almanac Amazon
28Clara Ward & Ward Singers You Must Have Good Religion I Feel the Holy Spirit Amazon
29Maria Muldaur He Calls That Religion Garden Of Joy Amazon
30Reverend Gary Davis I Didn't Want to Join the Band Pure Religion and Bad Company Amazon
31Rev. Pearly Brown Ninety-Nine And A Half Won't Do You're Gonna Need That Pure Religion Amazon
32Mississippi Fred McDowell I'm So Glad, Got Good Religion Good Morning Little School Girl Amazon
33Wilson Pickett Ninety-Nine & A Half (Won't Do) A Man & A Half: The Best Of Wilson Pickett [Disc 1] Amazon

 

Evil Blues

Evil Blues
Evil Blues

It’s the story of evil told in the voice of the blues. All things evil are explored in the voices of gospel, country blues, urban blues, and the folk blues. Evil ways, bad blood, fear, and the depths to which the evil in man’s heart can go are the themes tonight in a show that features the likes of Otis Spann, Elmore James, Henry Truvillion, The Golden Gate Quartet, and many others. All of this coming to you on a cold December evening in Sonoma County.

No.
1Artist Title Album Buy
2Howlin' Wolf Evil Blues From Hell Amazon
3The Golden Gate Quartet Atom And Evil (1946) Vol. 5 (1945-1949) (Complete Recorded Works In Chronologial Order, Vol. 5, 1939-1949) Amazon
4The Golden Gate Quartet (Willie Johnson, baritone/William Langford, tenor/Henry Owens, tenor/Arlandus Wilson, Bass) (Aka "Golden Gate Jubilee Quartet") The Devil With The Devil Vol. 3, 1939 (Complete Recorded Works In Chronologial Order, Vol. 3, 1939) Amazon
5Chris Smither The Devil's Real A Little On The Cd Side Volume 11 Amazon
6Noah Lewis Devil In The Wood Pile When The Sun Goes Down: Walk Right In – The Secret Story Of Rock & Roll Amazon
7Don Byas's Swig Seven, Albinia Jones Evil Gal Blues Savoy Blues 1944-1994 [Disc 1] Amazon
8Dinah Washington Evil Gal Blues Gold Amazon
9T-Bone Walker Evil Hearted Woman (Alt. Take) The Complete Imperial Recordings: 1950-1954 [Disc 1] Amazon
10Champion Jack Dupree Evil Woman Blues from the Gutter Amazon
11Doctor Gaddy Evil Man Blues Shoutin' Out The Blues (R&B CD 2005-2) Amazon
12Otis Spann Evil Ways Essential Blues Hits Disc 2 Amazon
13Washboard Sam Evil Blues Vol. 6 1941 – 1942 Amazon
14Memphis Minnie & Kansas Joe Evil Devil Woman Blues Vol 4 (1933-34) Amazon
15Moreland & Arbuckle Mean And Evil Promised Land Or Bust Amazon
16B.B. King Mean And Evil There Is Always One More Time Amazon
17Elmore James Mean And Evil Let's Cut It: The Very Best Of Elmore James Amazon
18Lightnin' Hopkins Mean and Evil Blues Texas Guitar Killers Disc 1 Amazon
19Blind Boy Fuller Worried and Evil Man Blues Blind Boy Fuller Vol. 3 1937 Amazon
20Reverend Gary Davis Cross And Evil Woman Blues Southern Country Blues: Down In Boogie Alley [Disc 2] Amazon
21Lowell Fulson Don't Be So Evil Juke Box Blues 1946-1948 Amazon
22Gatemouth Moore Evil Gal's Jockey Hey Mr. Gatemouth – Complete King Recordings Amazon
23Albert King I Get Evil More Big Blues Amazon
24Sonny Terry & Brownie McGhee Bad Blood Sportin' the Blues Disc 2 Amazon
25Ramona Hicks Evil and Blue Swingin' the Blues: 1931-1939 Amazon
26Ollie Shepard King Of All Evil Vol. 2-1939-41 Amazon
27Walter Brown What Evil Have I Done? Kansas City Blues 1944-1949 Disc 2 Amazon
28Alice Moore Black And Evil Blues Black Swan Sampler Amazon
29Koko Taylor Evil The Best of Koko Taylor Amazon
30Ella Fitzgerald Necessary Evil The Chronological Ella Fitzgerald – 1951 Amazon
31Eartha Kitt/Henri René & His Orchestra I Want to Be Evil Purr-Fect: Greatest Hits Amazon
32Aretha Franklin Evil Gal Blues Aretha Sings The Blues Amazon