Complicated rhythms mix with electronic percussion and tropical feels tonight in this session of Bridging the Gap. With new music from Captain Planet, Khruangbin, and Atropolis and weaving in and out of Semba, Jungle, Boogaloo, and other global soul.
Before there was Elvis, there was Big Mama Thornton. Before there was Jerry Lee Lewis, there was Big Maybelle. And before there was The Sonics, there was Richard Berry and the Pharoahs. For tonight's program, we take a look (and a listen) at the distinctively black origins of Rock 'n' Roll - from the genres that it developed from like gospel and jump blues, to the early and lesser known black pioneers of the uptempo, fast paced sound that we know know as rock music.