SQF Radio #5

Let's try something different for the fifth installment of SQF Radio.   Follow the thread.   As always, the big playlist is here.

  1. Sister Rosetta Tharpe - Up Above My Head.   Sister Tharpe lights up that guitar such that Marvin Berry was seen running for the payphone backstage to call his cousin.   You know that new sound you've been lookin' for?   Well listen to this:

  2. Robert Plant & Alison Krauss - Sister Rosetta Goes Before Us.   After listening to a few of Rosetta Tharpe's songs, I realized that the titles sounded familiar.    In fact, they keep showing up in the lyrics of this song, most famously sung by bluegrass ambassador Krauss and Led Zeppelin front-man Plant.   I had no idea who it was about until I made that connection.

  3. Sam Phillips - Five Colors.   While Krauss & Plant sang "Sister Rosetta Comes Before Us" on their album, the song actually belongs to Sam Phillips (T-Bone Burnett's wife, for those diagramming this on a chalkboard at home).    Here's another of her songs (one of my favorites).

  4. Jamey Johnson - Four Walls of Raiford.    C-C-C-Combo Breaker!    I don't know what, if anything, this cover has to do with the previous three items, except that it's awesome.    Doin' Ronnie proud.

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