Lauren Mastro: The Gospel Show
The only way to hear Lauren Mastro's Gospel Show is to listen to it Sunday mornings, from 9:30 - 11:AM Eastern Time, on New Orlean's inimitable: WWOZ. To me, the gospel music speaks beyond faith and creed; in its rhythms, harmonies, and powerful vocals, it speaks in universal strength of human spirit. Gospel music originated with the people stolen from Africa and brought as slaves to the American South, and who, especially with music, created new traditions for the expression of art, protest, spirituality, solidarity.
One of my favorite gospel artists, who features often on Sunday morning show, is the American guitarist, singer, songwriter and gospel frontwoman: Sister Rosetta Tharpe. When she was 6 years old, Sister Rosetta began singing with her mother, a singer, mandolin player, evangelist preacher, and one-time cotton-picker from Arkansas. Sister Rosetta recorded her first album in 1938, when she was 23 years old. Lucky for those of in "secular audiences," Sister Rosetta brought gospel music out of the black churches, and let it loose in the world. She was a total rockstar, a music prodigy, a political radical, whose themes are as now, as they were when she wrote them:
"We've got to have more love,
every day of our lives,
and that's all."
On the Sunday Morning Gospel Show show you will often hear Sister Rosetta Tharpe, along with an array of "New Orleans Style" gospel music, including many under-recognized, but no less legendary, musicians. And I think if you call in, Lauren Mastro might take requests.