Show tells sto­ries of gospel era

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SIS­TER Rosetta might not be a house­hold name, how­ever, as a young woman dur­ing the 1940s through the ’60s, she brought gospel mu­sic from the church to the main­stream.

Her recorded mu­sic and live per­for­mances played a highly sig­nif­i­cant role in the cre­ation of rock, with Elvis Pres­ley, Jerry Lee Lewis, Johnny Cash, Lit­tle Richard and Chuck Berry cit­ing her as an in­spi­ra­tion.

Fas­ci­nated by the his­tory and sto­ries of the mu­sic, Robyn Brown has cre­ated a gospel show, Down by the

River­side per­form­ing many of the in­flu­en­tial songs from the genre and telling the sto­ries be­hind them.

“I fell in love with Sis­ter Rosetta Tharpe a few years ago,” Brown said.

“She’s such a pow­er­house of a woman, rock­ing away on her gui­tar but never com­pro­mis­ing her mes­sage.

“But she’s not the only gospel per­former, just the first one to take those

tra­di­tional songs to a main­stream au­di­ence.

“Many early blues mu­si­cians also per­formed those tra­di­tional gospel songs or like Blind Wil­lie John­son, wrote many songs that we’d now call gospel tunes.”

Brown, along with some of Queens­land’s finest mu­si­cians – Chris Poul­son, Peter Wal­ters, Ja­son Bray and Rob McWilliams – will be bring­ing their show Down

by the River­side to The Bi­son Bar, Nam­bour.

PHOTO: CON­TRIB­UTED

SHOUT SIS­TER: Robyn Brown and band will per­form a gospel show.

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