Jefferson County Gospel

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Jefferson County Gospel

Season 3, Episode 4 Jefferson County Gospel

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Jefferson County, Alabama, is home to a distinct a cappella gospel style which developed in the African-American community during the regions industrial development in the early 20th century. Featuring a “pumping bass” sound and smooth harmonies, this music has been perpetuated by well-organized quartets who elect officers and have a schedule of practices. The sound has been a solace during tumultuous times and an important influence on numerous genres of American music. Today, only a few quartets continue to sing in this style. We attend a celebration of their longevity at a quartet anniversary singing in Bessemer.

The Four Eagles Gospel Singers performing “Jesus Hits Like an Atom Bomb” on a Sunday night in Bessemer.




* Jefferson County Gospel Quartets audio recording

* Gospel Quartet Singing In Jefferson County, Alabama-read about America's capital of gospel quartet singing

* Sound Portraits - Jefferson County Gospel Quartets

* Gospel Quartet Tradition Of Jefferson County-from Sacred Sounds of Alabama

* The Pillars performing at Carver High School

* The Pillars singing His Eye is on the Sparrow

* ‘Those Songs Gonna Linger in Somebody's Heart Forever’The Jefferson County Sound: Alabama's Black Gospel Quartets traces the deepest roots of American roots music

* ALABAMA'S MUSICAL HERITAGE AND CULTURE The Four Eagles perform at Alabama Department of Archives and History

* The Legacy of Alabama African American Gospel Quartets presentation by Doug Seroff


Jefferson Gospel Groups* Birmingham Sunlights* The Fairfield Four* The Blind Boys of Alabama* Famous Blue Jay Singers* The Sterling Jubilee Singers* The Delta Aires* Bessemer Sunset Four* The Poole Brothers


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