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Rev. Robert B. Jones and Sister Bernice Jones
February 12, 2021-
February 26, 2021
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Rev. Robert B. Jones and Sister Bernice Jones (October 1, 2010)
Rev. Robert B. Jones
Authenticity is something that I believe is important to all of us. And hopefully we get to work with people who are authentic. When you couple that authenticity with talent of a truly exceptional nature: a pastor, a songwriter, a storyteller, a multi-instrumentalist, an award winning educator with an encyclopedic knowledge of the history of African American folk music, including blues, spiritual, and slave songs…its players and styles…you get the Reverend Robert B. Jones, Sr. from Detroit, Michigan.
Following in the tradition of legendary figures like Rev. Gary Davis, Lead Belly, Sam “Lightnin'” Hopkins, Woody Guthrie and Gamble Rogers, Robert Jones loves the challenge of using traditional music as a vehicle to address issues of the today. Speaking truth to power is one of his major goals, thus making the stage a part of his ministry.
Robert says, “As much as I love what this music for the way that it sounds, I love, even more, what this music can do. At its best, Roots music tells the truth, and it gives a voice to those who struggle to be heard otherwise. I am an activist and I try to use my stories and music, not just for entertainment, but in service to my calling and my community and to connect the generations that I am blessed to live between.” Visit Robert’s website.