Charley Patton
Founder of the Delta Blues [Yazoo]
Vintage Recordings (1935-1949)
Josh White

Blues » Country Blues » Pre-War Gospel Blues

Prewar Gospel Blues is gospel blues recorded prior to World War II. There has always been a point, both stylistically and philosophically, where the sacred (gospel music) and the profane (blues, the devil's music) have had an uneasy alliance, and this genre strain is it. Consisting almost entirely of performers who are lay preachers or streetcorner evangelists, their use of blues guitar patterns 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 style 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 gospel blues music.

Pre-War Gospel Blues Artists Highlights

Charley Patton
Charley Patton
Josh White
Josh White

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Pre-War Gospel Blues Album Highlights

Founder of the Delta Blues [Yazoo]
Charley Patton
Founder of the Delta Blues ...
Vintage Recordings (1935-1949)
Rev. Gary Davis
Vintage Recordings ...
The Complete Sessions 1930-1940
Bukka White
The Complete Sessions ...
King of the Country Blues
Blind Lemon Jefferson
King of the Country Blues
Blues Singer 1932-1936
Josh White
Blues Singer 1932-1936
The Legendary Josh White
Josh White
The Legendary Josh White

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Pre-War Gospel Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Screamin' and Hollerin' the Blues Charley Patton
I Cannot Bear My Burden by Myself Rev. Gary Davis
Hot Dogs Blind Lemon Jefferson
Parchman Farm Blues Bukka White
Pea Vine Blues Charley Patton
Praise God I'm Satisfied Blind Willie Johnson
Mississippi Boweavil Blues Charley Patton
I Shall Not Be Moved Charley Patton
Pinebluff, Arkansas Bukka White
You Got to Move Rev. Gary Davis

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