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The Rough Guide to Gospel Blues

world music network


Released: 27th May 2016


lp + download

Released: 21st Apr 2017


The huge musical influence of the church has meant that gospel music and the blues have long been intertwined.

From the true guitar evangelists such as Blind Willie Johnson and Reverend Gary Davis to blues legends Charley Patton and Skip James, these recordings illustrate how the line separating the Lord's song and 'the devil's music' was very thin. The album includes many lesser known gems by artists shrouded in mystery and brings to the fore hidden masterpieces that need to be heard. It also features classic tracks by blues divas Bessie Smith and Memphis Minnie. These are timeless recordings which are as relevant now as when they were first recorded.

The Rough Guide to Gospel Blues

  1. Reverend Gary Davis - I Am The Light
  2. Blind Willie Johnson - I Know His Blood Can Make Me Whole
  3. Mississippi John Hurt - Praying On The Old Camp Ground
  4. Bukka White - The Promise True And Grand
  5. Rev. Edward W. Clayborn - Your Enemy Cannot Harm You
  6. Blind Roosevelt Graves & Brother - I'll Be Rested (When The Roll Is Called)
  7. Blind Boy Fuller - Twelve Gates To The City
  8. Blind Joe Taggart & Josh White - Scandalous And A Shame
  9. Mother McCollum - Jesus Is My Air-O-Plane
  10. Tallahassee Tight - Got Heaven In My View
  11. Skip James - Be Ready When He Comes
  12. Julius Daniels - Slippin' And Slidin' Up The Golden Street
  13. Blind Mamie Forehand - Wouldn't Mind Dying If Dying Was All
  14. Lil McClintock - Mother Called Her Child To Her Dying Bed
  15. Bo Weavil Jackson - I'm On My Way To The Kingdom Land
  16. Memphis Minnie - Let Me Ride
  17. Blind Gussie Nesbit - I’ll Just Stand And Wring My Hands And Cry
  18. Blind Willie & Kate McTell - I Got Religion, I'm So Glad
  19. Blind Willie Davis - I've Got A Key To The Kingdom
  20. Henry Thomas - Jonah In The Wilderness
  21. Barbecue Bob - When The Saints Go Marching In
  22. Bessie Smith - On Revival Day
  23. Charley Patton - Jesus Is A Dying Bed Maker
  24. Sam Collins - Lead Me All The Way
  25. Blind Lemon Jefferson - All I Want Is That Pure Religion