“Her roaring mastery of her trusty Gibson Les Paul Custom rivaled the best of her male contemporaries”: A lost Sister Rosetta Tharpe live album featuring never-before-heard recordings has been unearthed – and it’s set for release this year

Sister Rosetta Tharpe
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A new live album recorded by trailblazing rock ‘n’ roll icon Sister Rosetta Tharpe, which includes newly discovered and never-before-heard recordings from a performance in the mid-’60s, has been announced.

Formally titled Sister Rosetta Tharpe Live In France: The 1966 Concert In Limoges, the 21-track record captures Tharpe’s performance from Limoges’ Grand Theater on November 11 of that year, which was recorded by the ‘Office de Radiodiffusion-Télévision Française’ (ORTF).

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Matt Owen
Senior Staff Writer, GuitarWorld.com

Matt is a Senior Staff Writer, writing for Guitar World, Guitarist and Total Guitar. He has a Masters in the guitar, a degree in history, and has spent the last 16 years playing everything from blues and jazz to indie and pop. When he’s not combining his passion for writing and music during his day job, Matt records for a number of UK-based bands and songwriters as a session musician.