Sacred Steel: The Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches
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Sacred Steel: The Steel Guitar Tradition of the House of God Churches
In most traditional houses of worship, an organ or a piano is used to provide the music for Sunday services, but that isn't the case in the Jewel Dominion and Keith Dominion churches of the African-American House of God/Holiness-Pentecostal denomination. In the 1930s, prompted by a passage in Psalms that urged parishioners to "praise Him with stringed instruments," a Keith Dominion congregation in Florida replaced their organist with a steel guitar player, and the practice spread to other Florida churches. Gospel steel guitar was all but unknown outside of Florida until 1997,… More