Show tells stories of gospel era
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.
SHOUT SISTER: Robyn Brown and band will perform a gospel show.