Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Early Influencer award to be given by Rock and Roll HOF

From Rolling Stone:

The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame has officially announced next year’s inductees: Bon Jovi, Dire Straits, the Moody Blues, the Cars and Nina Simone will all join the class of 2018. Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be given an Early Influence award.

Nina Simone died in 2003 and Sister Rosetta Tharpe, who has experienced a huge resurgence of interest in the past decade, died in 1973. The Hall of Fame is likely to bring in artists they inspired to perform their music.

 

Happy Birthday BWIR: 6 years and running!

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On this day in 2011, I made a decision that would change my life forever. Black Women Who Rock was no longer being updated, but I still needed a place to gather together the 5 or 6 black women I knew who either did rock music, or were in rock bands.

I was still convinced that I was an outlier in my interest and love for rock music, and created the Black Women In Rock Tumblr blog (archive) to help fill the gap that was missing for me. The original tagline for the blog was Picking up where Black Women Who Rock left off, as a matter of fact!

6 years later (and a migration to WordPress) later, this blog is still kicking and has catalogued over 100 black women rock musicians. I hope to be here forever, helping to break this completely inaccurate conception that black women can’t sing rock and roll.

— Jaleesa

Review: Tetrarch’s “Freak” LP – Very dark, very heavy.

I finally got my hands on Tetrarch’s new LP Freak, which is a fail on my part because I didn’t realize the whole album was out already! I’ve been waiting for what felt like 84 years for new music from this band, and this thing has been out nearly two full months and I didn’t even realize it.

Freak is a full album, which already makes it wonderful in my eyes. The only thing that sucked about Relentless was that it was too short. Relentless had more of a hard driving, onwards to battle metal sound, but Freak takes a chilled out, nü-metal direction. A couple of songs harken back to Tetrarch’s previous sound (“Oddity” and “Break The Trend”) but most of the album has a KoRn/Slipknot sort of feel to it.

It’s a different sound, and Tetrarch does it well. I highly recommend checking this album out if you’re into metal or hard rock music. The album can be purchased from iTunes and Amazon Music, and can also be streamed on Spotify. Tetrarch is on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, so show them love!

On the legacy of Sister Rosetta Tharpe (repost)

“Whenever a rock musician lets loose a glorious guitar solo, we’re in the living presence of Rosetta, who made a habit of playing as loud as she could, based on the Pentecostal belief that the Lord smiled on those who made a joyful noise.”

— Gayle F Wald, Shout, Sister, Shout!: The Untold Story of Rock-N-Roll Trailblazer Sister Rosetta Tharpe (p.216)

Vote for Sister Rosetta Tharpe to be inducted into the Rock Hall of Fame here. Votes can be cast once a day, and the voting period ends on December 5th.

Sister Rosetta Tharpe: Nominated for Rock Hall of Fame

From the Arkansas Times article by Stephanie Smittle:

Less than a week after a sign was unveiled in Cotton Plant to honor the rock pioneer, Sister Rosetta Tharpe became a first-time nominee for induction into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. For fans of Tharpe’s, the accolades are obnoxiously overdue; not only is Sister Rosetta part of rock and roll’s complex story, but there’s good reason to argue that she’s the very inventor of the genre.

Out of the 19 nominees for the 2018 induction process, Sister Rosetta’s eligibility is the oldest; artists become eligible for induction 25 years after the release of their first record.

The induction process, a combination of public votes and ballots from music historians, goes like this, as stated on rockhall.com:

Each year, the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Foundation’s nominating committee selects the group of artists nominated in the performer category. Ballots are then sent to more than 900 historians, members of the music industry and artists—including every living Rock Hall inductee—and the five performers receiving the most votes become that year’s induction class. Beginning in 2012, fans were given the chance to vote for the nominees they’d like to see inducted into the Rock Hall. The top five vote-getters in the public poll form one ballot, which is weighted the same as the rest of the submitted ballots.

That means you can weigh in if you’re so inclined, throwing your clicks behind five nominees in the fan vote here from now until 11:59 EST, Tuesday, December 5. That same month, inductees will be announced, and the induction ceremony will take place in Cleveland, Ohio on April 14, 2018.