The Blues and Gospel Music
Introductory Essay (PDF)
Weekly Handout (PDF)

March 21
Films: Linebaugh Public Library, 4-6 p.m.

Feel Like Going HomeMartin Scorsese Presents The Blues, Episode 1: Feel Like Going Home

"Director Martin Scorsese (The Last Waltz, Raging Bull, Gangs of New York) pays homage to the Delta blues. Musician Corey Harris travels through Mississippi and on to West Africa, exploring the roots of the music. The film celebrates the early Delta bluesmen through original performances (including Willie King, Taj Mahal, Otha Turner, and Ali Farka Toure) and rare archival footage (featuring Son House, Muddy Waters, and John Lee Hooker)."

Say Amen, SomebodySay Amen, Somebody

"A feature film that explores the lives and music of the pioneers of gospel music featuring Thomas A. Dorsey, Willie Mae Ford Smith, The Barrett Sisters, and the O'Neal Twins. Released theatrically by United Artists. Also shown on PBS, Cinemax, Bravo, A&E, BET, IFC, and on television throughout the world."

Discussion led by Dr. Felicia Miyakawa of MTSU's School of Music.


March 22
Concert: Murfreesboro City Hall Rotunda, 5-6 p.m.

Olive Branch Baptist Church Choir — Chris Smith, Director


Both events are free and open to the public.

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