Back in 2010 I stumbled upon this wonderful artist. It was mind blowing to see a woman play the guitar like she does. And then ‘BOOM’… I realized where the rock & roll guitar sound comes from= Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her likes.
“Sister Rosetta Tharpe (March 20, 1915 – October 9, 1973) was an American singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist. A pioneer of mid-20th-century music, she attained popularity in the 1930s and 1940s with her gospel recordings, characterized by a unique mixture of spiritual lyrics and rhythmic acompaniment that was a precursor of rock and roll. She was the first great recording star of gospel music and among the first gospel musicians to appeal to rhythm-and-blues and rock-and-roll audiences, later being referred to as “the original soul sister” and “the godmother of rock and roll”. She influenced early rock-and-roll musicians, including Little Richard, Johnny Cash, Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley and Jerry Lee Lewis.”
From the wikipedia entry: full link here
Here a little sample of her music:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – Didn’t It Rain
Sister Rosetta Tharpe – This Train
Here a wonderfull documentary:
Sister Rosetta Tharpe -Documentary 2011