Given that I love both blues and older gospel, I was thrilled to discover Sister Rosetta Tharpe recently.
She’s known to many as the first ‘superstar’ of gospel music with her chart topping spiritual recordings in the 1930s and 40s.
Her musical mix of spiritual and blues brought gospel to the masses and she performed throughout her life for both religious and secular audiences.
Known as the ‘original soul sister’ she was criticised by conservative religious circles of the time for being a woman performing with a guitar. (!)
I particularly like her album ‘Best of Sister Rosetta Tharpe’ with it’s pared back Blues sound and here’s a couple of videos for you to enjoy.