Gospel Music

We'll be taking a trip down the Delta and back in time for tonight's program and, with apologies to Jon Alan, dig into some old school blues, gospel and Americana - with just a touch of folk. 

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 Pharaohs. 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.

For tonight's show, we'll be paying tribute to Dr. King with a great selection of gospel, blues, jazz and just a touch of soul. Songs about struggle, perseverance and fighting the good fight to ring in Martin Luther King Jr. Day.

To ring in this year's Fourth of July, Harrison Patino explores influential tracks of early folk, blues, bluegrass and gospel music that had a profound impact on the larger soundscapes of what can be called "American Music." Songs of labor, strife, belief and protest from turbulent times in the country's history on an atypically patriotic edition of Bridging the Gap.

Chinita Tate
Chinita Tate

The Blind Boys of Alabama have spread their style of gospel music for more than seven decades.