Sister Rosette Tharpe To Receive Early Influence Award at Rock Hall Induction Sister Rosette Tharpe To Receive Early Influence Award at Rock Hall Induction
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born in Arkansas in 1915. Despite great odds, it was announced last week that the woman from Cotton Plant would... Sister Rosette Tharpe To Receive Early Influence Award at Rock Hall Induction

Sister Rosetta Tharpe was born in Arkansas in 1915. Despite great odds, it was announced last week that the woman from Cotton Plant would receive the Award for Early Influence at the 2018 Rock & Roll Hall of Fame induction ceremony.

Before 2010, Rosetta Tharpe was virtually unknown. Since then, a series of Youtube videos have circulated between friends, blogs, and Facebook groups renewing interest in her music. One video depicts her; a black woman wearing a floral pattern dress leading a church choir while shredding a Gibson SG. Most of the comments read something like “This is exactly what I’ve been looking for!”, “This is it!”.

The last ten years have seen a rejection of traditional cross-eyed, plastic cock rock in favor of music that is more inclusive and raw. As young musicians continue to spurn convention and return to the electric roots of American music, there is no doubt that Sister Rosetta Tharpe is a patron saint.

Skyler "Sweet Darlin" Gambert

Skyler is native of Fayetteville and part time citizen of Memphis, TN. He plays in a band called The Wirms and sometimes as a solo performer under the name Sweet Darlin. In the past, Skyler has worked with the Rhodes Institute for Regional Studies and the Mike Curb Institute for Music in Memphis, TN. In his free time, He enjoys long walks on the beach listening to Nirvana’s bleach and cozening up to the fire with Danzig on the stereo.