In this episode of Full-Time Blues Radio, Johnny Full-Time and Gary Burnett discuss The Gospel According To The Blues and many of its themes, exploring concepts of faith, music, justice, civil rights, poverty, and much, much more. There are also spiritual Blues tunes from Eric Bibb, Rory Block, Lurrie Bell, and others.
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As a part of our expanded Spiritual Side of the Blues programming in 2015, Johnny Full-Time had the wonderful opportunity to sit down for conversation with Dr. Gary Burnett. Gary lectures in The School of Theology at Queens University, Belfast. He also operates the blog, Down At The Crossroads. In October, 2014, Dr. Burnett released his book, The Gospel According To The Blues with publisher Cascade Books.
The Gospel According to the Blues dares us to read Jesus’s Sermon on the Mount in conversation with Robert Johnson, Son House, and Muddy Waters. It suggests that thinking about the blues-the history, the artists, the songs-provides good stimulation for thinking about the Christian gospel. Both are about a world gone wrong, about injustice, about the human condition, and both are about hope for a better world. In this book, Gary Burnett probes both the gospel and the history of the blues as we find it in the Sermon on the Mount, to help us understand better the nature of the good news which Jesus preached, and its relevance and challenge to us.
Programming Note: There was some material that just couldn’t fit into this week’s show, due to time constraints. You can listen to the entire, unedited interview in its entirety here.
1. Kelly Joe Phelps – Brother Pilgrim – Brother Sinner & The Whale
2. Eric Bibb – In My Father’s House (Live) – An Evening With Eric Bibb
3. Harrison Kennedy – Judgment Day – This Is From Here
4. Lurrie Bell – I’ll Get To Heaven On My Own w/Joe Louis Walker
The Devil Ain’t Got No Music
5. Irma Thomas – River Is Waiting
The Soul Queen Of New Orleans: 50th Anniversary Celebration
6. Sleepy John Estes – Holy Spirit, Don’t You Leave Me
Live In Japan ’74 With Hammie Nixon
7. Rory Block – Worried Mind – Shake ‘Em On Down: A Tribute To Mississippi Fred McDowell
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