If you’re hanging at home on Friday or have DVR, be sure to check out Blue Ridge PBS at 9 p.m. The station will ‘cast the latest episode of “American Masters.” This time out, the subject is “Sister Rosetta Tharpe: The Godmother of Rock & Roll.”
Here’s what PBS has to say about Tharpe, who died 40 years ago but whose work is immmortal:
> Southern-born, Chicago-raised and New York-made. She could play the guitar like nobody else… nobody.
> Discover the life, music and influence of African-American gospel singer and guitar virtuoso Sister Rosetta Tharpe from writer, producer and director Mick Csaky. During the 1940s-60s, Tharpe introduced the spiritual passion of her gospel music into the secular world of rock ’n’ roll, inspiring some of its greatest stars, including Chuck Berry, Elvis Presley, Jerry Lee Lewis, and Little Richard.
If you miss it on the tube, stream it at pbs.org/americanmasters.
Here’s the trailer.