||Spirituals, blues, hymns
||Late 19th century African Americans
||Originally guitars and drums, later pianos, organ, electric guitars
Gospel blues or holy blues is a form of blues-based gospel music that has been around since the inception of blues music, a combination of blues guitar and evangelistic lyrics. Notable gospel blues performers include Blind Willie Johnson, Sister Rosetta Tharpe and Reverend Gary Davis.
Blues musicians such as Boyd Rivers, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Sam Collins, Josh White, Blind Boy Fuller, Blind Willie Mctell, Bukka White, Sleepy John Estes and Skip James have recorded a fair number of Gospel and religious songs, these were often commercially released under a pseudonym.
Additionally, by the late 1950s and 1960s when some musicians had become devout, or even practicing clergymen, this was the case for musicians such as Reverend Robert Wilkins and Ishman Bracey
List of gospel blues musicians