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And he told me... I didn't know nothing about how to play no guitar at all. He said "Hey, go home. Take my advice. You go home. You get that.. straight. You know what I'm talking about? Put that pick down. You think I'm scolding you? You a grown man, Hubert - listen to me!" I went home, man. I went to my basement. And I'm going to tell you something... I was thinking about what Wolf said. He said "Hey, put the pick down." I put the pick down, man. I put the pick down and started using... fingers, you know what I mean? - Hubert Sumlin, on how Howlin' Wolf introduced him to fingerpicking. From Moanin' At Midnight by James Segrest and Mark Hoffman

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #15 on: January 17, 2014, 12:53:11 AM »
blind willie mctell?s sacred material. muddy waters even did a couple for alan lomax and john work. skip james did not use slide on his sacred songs,
Charlie is the Father, Son is the Son, Willie is the Holy Ghost

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #16 on: April 17, 2014, 09:37:47 AM »
Hi all,
Lil McClintock used a slide for "Sow Good Seeds".
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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #17 on: April 17, 2014, 10:06:51 AM »
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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #18 on: April 17, 2014, 10:08:42 AM »
James "Guitar Slim" Stephens played His Blood Can Make Me Whole, and a couple of others, using a pocket knife, and Mance Lipscomb played a few songs the same way.

Son House played a GREAT "I Shall Not Be Moved" on his earliest post-rediscovery session.

Arvella Gray also did a few.

That's all for now :)
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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #19 on: April 18, 2014, 10:10:29 PM »
Of those I recorded and issued: Frank Edwards
                                               Guitar Shorty (John Henry Fortescue)
                                               Henry Johnson [sometimes]
Of those I recorded and unissued: Baby Tate
                                                  Dink Roberts (on gtr)

Others did sacred material, but not with a slide. Possibly because I was interested in blues, some folks didn't do sacred stuff, but others did as part of their active repertoire. 20:20 hindsight.

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #20 on: December 03, 2018, 09:36:17 PM »
Hi all,
Bishop Perry Tillis fit this category.
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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #21 on: December 04, 2018, 12:51:31 AM »
Rev. Utah Smith and Rev. Lonnie Farris were also great slide gospel players.

Some more artists who recorded religious pieces with slide guitar: Willie Mae Williams, Brother Blind Willie Easton, Rev. I.B.Ware, Julius Daniels.

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #22 on: December 04, 2018, 05:33:27 AM »
Lonnie Farris played a lap steel, but I don't recall hearing Utah Smith playing slide. Lots of fast fingering up and down the neck in vastapol, but no slide.

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #23 on: December 04, 2018, 09:24:41 AM »
That's right, thanks. A mix-up from my side, Utah Smith played only wild gospel guitar without the slide.

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #24 on: December 05, 2018, 04:23:29 AM »
You're not the only one to make the slip -- see Document DOCD-5222, which is recordings by Utah Smith and Lonnie Farris, and is titled Slide Guitar Gospel 1944-1964.

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Re: Religious Singers Who Accompanied Themselves With Slide Guitar
« Reply #25 on: December 05, 2018, 08:38:27 AM »
Someone must have pointed it out to the Document people because they re-titled it "Electric / Slide Guitar Gospel 1944-1964" at some point.

 


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