Black/Southern Gospel music w/ really good guitar tones?

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  1. RoscoeElegante

    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    Sister Rosetta Tharpe is tops on my own list,

    but that list is really limited.

    Any other great/fun guitar tones you can recommend in this genre?

    Considering how much great music came from it, and how rich the genre itself is, there's gotta be a lot I'm missing!

    Thanks.
     
  2. backporchmusic

    backporchmusic Friend of Leo's

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    I know they are a bit removed from big, churchy gospel, but I'd put Staples Singers on there. Pops is a bit of a Jazzmaster guy though. Here's one of him with a Tele though, nice licks about 1:30:

     
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    Nice!

    And Jazzmasters are A-OK.
     
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    blowtorch Telefied Ad Free Member

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    it seems the devil's got all the best guitar tones
    unfortunately

    There IS this, though


    oh, and, IBTL, apparently o_O
     
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    POP STAPLES.
     
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    The Soul Stirrers (pre-Sam Cooke). The Staple Singers during the Stax era. Elder Charles Beck. Shirley Ann Lee.

    All gems!
     
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    RoscoeElegante Friend of Leo's

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    I don't think so, and of course hope not. This thread is about fun guitar tones in a recognized genre of great music, not religion per se. Sorta like asking about Mozart's Sonata in C Major, K. 328....
     
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    Indeed! Thanks.
     
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    Southern gospel by way of Texas, from Billy Joe Shaver. His son Eddy (peace be upon you, brother) was a monster player. The Strat he's playing here is a late-50s Strat, a gift from Dickey Betts. Betts also gave Duane's Gibson 335 to Eddy.

     
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    Here's Billy Joe and Eddy and the boys doin' it live.

     
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    It's way beyond my abilities, as I know squat about proper musical terms (e.g., "Make that chord sound, you know, grayer"). But it would be interesting to read or hear what's particular to American gospel music, particularly black gospel, explained, in terms of chords, tones, rhythms, structures.

    To me, there's a usually simultaneous, though sometimes alternating, glidingness and insistence, slides and downbeats, that's really fascinating and instantly recognizable. Like a richer kind of funk--funk in a more-serious minor key, even when the gospel is in a major one. Black gospel's simultaneity of blues' anguish and funk's joy is just amazing. You can hear the genes going backward and forward. It all often reminds me of fingers working hard to braid vibrant colors into smoothly sturdy patterns.

    See? Without knowing the proper fermata, all I've got is molto analogies!

    Can anyone recommend an account of black gospel's tones and structures that a layman can understand?
     
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    Didn't Curtis Mayfield come out of that tradition?
     
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    Here's an example/tutorial that shows a gospel version of Amazing Grace. Kind of mixes in blues, jazz and a few other flavors.

     
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    His album that got released a few years back by Jeff Tweedy is the sound: "Don't Lose This"

     
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    Thanks!

    Just came upon this, too. Great stuff!


    The bluesy guitar fills and the carefully placed drum breaks/fills--nice! Such great structuring to each instrument's place both in the mix and the subtle turn-takings/showcasings.
     
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    I heard a lot of the greats then and now were/are Gospel by day jazz club by night. One might want to query on YouTube "gospel guitar" and mess with the search filters I bet there's some real gems in there.
     
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    A dozen likes for sister Rosetta!

    Love Gospel too...
     
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    More recent Mavis. I really like Rick Holmstrom's playing and sound.

     
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