Rosetta Tharpe

Written by Michael Barrett

Associate Artistic Director, NYFOS

August 1, 2019

Today’s post isn’t so much about one song. It’s really about a musical force of Nature – Sister Rosetta Tharpe. She is brand new to me. But she seems too forceful, too full of musical life to ignore. A voice made of power and muscle and devotion. She came out of the gospel tradition which seems obvious, but the electric guitar?  That was pretty rad for her time. This is a longish piece, but I think you will be happy to watch the entire thing.

Michael Barrett

Michael Barrett is the co-founder and associate artistic director of New York Festival of Song, as well as the co-founder and music director of the Moab Music Festival in Utah. A conductor and a pianist, Michael was a protégé of Leonard Bernstein and serves as music advisor to the Leonard Bernstein Estate.

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