Retro Review: Gospel at the Crossroads

Last summer, I went on on a short vacation through Mississippi and Tennessee, which included music-themed stops at Sun Records, the Stax Museum, and the Country Music Hall of Fame. I’ve been on a southern music kick ever since, and have recently been scratching the surface of gospel music. In particular, I’m intrigued by the interplay between blues and gospel – music forms considered by some to be at odds. If I understand the southern music tradition correctly, gospel tunes were what you sang on Sunday to praise salvation and the good Lord, while you howled blues the rest of the week in praise of the debauchery and sin that required your salvation in the first place.

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