Gayle Dean Wardlow is an independent scholar and major collector of the pre-war Blues 78s known as "race records." The discoverer of the Robert Johnson death certificate, he was among the first to research the early Blues artists. His book, Chasin' The Devil's Music, received a 2006 Blues Foundation Award for Blues scholarship.
Recorded as part of Blues and the Spirit - A Symposium on the Legacy of Blues and Gospel Music, offering discussion and debate about the legacy of Blues and Gospel music through live musical performances, panel discussion, tours, and workshops exploring the shared historical roots of Blues and Gospel.
Also recorded as part of this event:
God Rode in the Wind Storm
The Theatricality of the Blues
Preserving the Legacy
I Lived the Life I Sing about in My Songs
Recorded Friday, May 23, 2008 at Dominican University.