The Black Gospel Restoration Project works to preserve America's fast-vanishing vinyl legacy of gospel music's golden age. Some of the records they receive and preserve are by well-known (and well-documented) artists. Others, however, are obscure artists with little known about them. One such group: The Friendly Four.
Next month, Waco will become a hub for all things cinema as the Deep in the Heart Film Festival is set to kick off. The festival is in its first year and will be full of young filmmakers hoping to get their big-break and movie-lovers looking to catch a weekend full of film.
Billy Preston's "Gospel in My Soul" -- a song filled with a sanctified beat and a screaming Hammond organ -- has all the makings of a gospel classic. (And close listeners would recognize it as the theme song for Shout!). In this episode, Robert Darden looks at the life and times of Billy Preston.
This Friday, you can kick off your weekend with the Brazos Theatre Group's latest murder mystery or head down to Common Grounds to catch Ryan Thomas perform. But here's plenty more to do this week and in the week ahead -- hear about it on this week's Act Locally Waco.
The title of gospel's first super-group belongs to the Roberta Martin Singers. In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden tells us at one point in the late 1940s and 50s, every major gospel artist came through the group.
Not all gospel songs are strictly religious, some addressed civil rights and current affairs. One event that saw gospel tributes was the assassination of John F. Kennedy. In this episode we listen to the Dixie Hummingbirds' tribute "My Prayer for Peace".
On this week's Act Locally Waco, Ashley Bean Thornton breaks down all the happenings in the New Year. From First Friday in Downtown Waco to Bare Arms Brewing's Chili Cook Off, there's plenty to keep you busy, just bundle up!