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There has always been a point, both stylistically and philosophically, where the sacred (gospel music) and the profane (blues, the devil's music) strike an uneasy alliance. Consisting almost entirely of performers who are lay preachers or street-corner evangelists, Blues Gospel features use of blues guitar patterns that are tightly interwoven to the most heartfelt statements of religious conviction. Embracing everything from ragtime fingerpicking and knife-edged slide techniques to crudely strummed rhythm patterns, the style owes less allegiance to a particular kind of guitar than to using the instrument's possibilities to propel its lyrical message. Though its proponents are few, there are few sounds in the blues that are as alternately spiritual or as bone-chilling as blues gospel music.

Blues Gospel Artists Highlights

Buddy Miller
Buddy Miller
Little Axe
Little Axe

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Blues Gospel Album Highlights

Complete Recorded Works, Vol. 1 (1938-1941)
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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Vintage Recordings (1935-1949)
Rev. Gary Davis
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The Original Soul Sister
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The Original Soul Sister
Dark Was the Night
Blind Willie Johnson
Dark Was the Night
From Blues to Gospel
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
From Blues to Gospel
The Gospel of the Blues
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The Gospel of the Blues

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Blues Gospel Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Nobody's Fault But Mine Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Lord, I Wish I Could See Rev. Gary Davis
Rock Me Sister Rosetta Tharpe
If I Had My Way I'd Tear the Building Down Blind Willie Johnson
This Train Sister Rosetta Tharpe
You Got to Move Rev. Gary Davis
Twelve Sticks (The Dozens) Rev. Gary Davis
Twelve Gates to the City Rev. Gary Davis
You Got to Move Rev. Gary Davis
Lord, I Looked Down the Road
Rev. Gary Davis

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