Rhiannon Giddens, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, and Musical Connections
Jeffrey Overstreet reviews the strong debut by Giddens that points back to gospel music influence Tharpe.
That’s what draws me to artists who focus on something besides themselves, who seek to respect the greatness that has inspired them and to give new, lasting life to occasions of beauty, vision, and excellence. That’s what draws me to Rhiannon Giddens. To Sam Phillips. To Sister Rosetta. And, recently, to the work of a gospel singer who was an inspiration to Rosetta herself.
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