This CD is a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1921-1973), one of the greatest and most popular gospel singers in the history of the genre.
This CD is a tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe (1921-1973), one of the greatest and most popular gospel singers in the history of the genre. Tharpe's sound was heavily influenced by the blues and, indeed, she cut some straight blues tracks during her career. This collection features 18 songs—a mix of gospel and blues—performed by a group of vocalists who clearly love what they're doing. Particularly fine moments include Maria Muldaur with Bonnie Raitt on lead guitar doing "My Journey to the Sky"; Joan Osborne and the Holmes Brothers on "Nobody's Fault But My Own"; Muldaur, Marcia Ball, Tracy Nelson and Angela Strehli's rendition of the title track; Rory Block's cover of "Stand by Me"; and Phoebe Snow's performance of "Beams of Heaven." This is a spirited and sincere tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe that benefits tremendously from the excellent talent recruited for the project. Distributed by Navarre.—PVV