Northport N.Y. - M.C. Records is proud to announce that Sister Rosetta Tharpe will be the subject of a PBS American Masters episode. "The Godmother of Rock n Roll" will premiere on Friday, February 22 at 9pm on PBS. M.C. Records released the first musical tribute to Sister Rosetta Tharpe in 2003, Shout Sister Shout, A Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe. More information on the fantastic PBS program including the trailer can be found here:
In 2002 M.C. Records president Mark Carpentieri was so moved by Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her music that he spent close to two years putting together the 2003 release, Shout Sister Shout, A Tribute To Sister Rosetta Tharpe. Artists on the recording included Joan Osborne, Janis Ian, The Holmes Brothers, Maria Muldaur, Bonnie Raitt, Odetta, Phoebe Snow, Michelle Shocked, Toshi Reagon, Marcia Ball and Sister's longtime musical partner Marie Knight. Liner notes were written by Tharpe's biographer Gayle Wald.
Mark Carpentieri reflected on the release and Sister:
When we started hardly any of her music was available on CD and I felt it was such a travesty. Maria Muldaur came on board first and eventually we got so many great artists that wanted to contribute. We embedded a video on the CD because this was before YouTube and I really wanted people to see Rosetta. I knew if they saw her they would never forget her. Not only did we start to get awareness for Sister and her music but I personally got to manage and record Rosetta's musical partner Marie Knight. The whole experience was so satisfying on so many levels.
You can check out music clips, reviews and more information on the recording by clicking the cover.
The video that is embedded on the CD is Sister Rosetta Tharpe's version of "Down By the Riverside." The clip has been watched over 800,000 times! Check it out:
If you would like to read more about the magnificent Sister Rosetta Tharpe then we suggest to check out her biography. Shout, Sister, Shout! is written by Gayle Wald and is an outstanding account of this 20th century musical pioneer.