Art and Culture

Art and culture

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Wish List

Apr 16, 2017

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us through a heavenly wish list from the Divine Messenger Chorale.

Suspenseful debut novel of a young girl who disappears after visiting an odd church

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden shares with us a one-of-a-kind, battered 45 from the well-known Imperial Receords and exposes the history behind it. 

Events April 7 - 13

Apr 7, 2017

There are lots of things going on this week - and quite a few this weekend from the Brazos Nights Concert Series, Art on Elm and the city wide Palm Sunday service.   

A young American woman takes a job as a jeune fille for an upper class French family

What's Happening in the Waco Arts Scene?

Apr 3, 2017

Arts are important to our community.  And there is so much going on.

You can find out about so many of the events through a number of events calendars.

Act Locally Waco  -

Waco Trib events calendar

and Waco and the Heart of Texas

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden takes us through a protest spiritual with a hidden message of freedom, Roll Jordan Roll. 


  Novel by Vladimir Nabokov presents a quandary for this reviewer

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Kumbayah

Mar 26, 2017

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden talks about the First Mount Olive Freewill Baptist Church Senior Choir No. 1. On one of the group's records you'll find a rousing rendition of the spiritual "Come By Here Lord", or as it's more famously known as "Kumbayah." 

A delightful collection of illustrated poems written around the turn of the 20th century

Shout! Black Gospel Music Moments: Didn't it Rain?

Mar 19, 2017

The close-harmony groups of the 1940s created a distinctive sound, using their voices to emulate bass guitars, drums, and even trains. You can hear that styling on the track "Didn't it Rain" by the little-known Southern Harmonizers. The song is an upbeat retelling of the story of Noah and the ark. 

  The Golden Notebook by Doris Lessing, who writes a novel of Anna Wulf writing a novel 

In this episode of Shout! host Robert Darden shows us "Travelin' Up" by the Singinaires. Released on the little-known Glad-Hamp Record Label, "Travelin' Up" is a joyful, easygoing gospel gem. 

Another emotional, lovely, gentle collection of poetry by Mary Oliver.

Some of gospel music's most passionate music was recorded by custom recording studios, where groups didn't have to worry about recording what's popular or what would sell. Take for example, "The Old Rugged Cross" by the Tabernacle Singers of Pleasant Grove Missionary Baptist Church in St. Louis Missouri.