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“LET’S GET ON THAT ROAD TO HEAVEN:” THE BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SONGS OF RUDOLPH O’DELL

Davidson, Brent E. (2014) “LET’S GET ON THAT ROAD TO HEAVEN:” THE BLUEGRASS GOSPEL SONGS OF RUDOLPH O’DELL. Masters thesis, Radford University.

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Abstract

Daniel Rudolph O’Dell was a minister, musician, and songwriter who spent nearly fifty years performing on local radio stations in Southwest Virginia. His music reflects the religious doctrine that was taught at the time and the bluegrass musical style that gained popularity in the early 1950s. After considering O’Dell’s biography and the bluegrass/gospel music tradition that played such an important role in the shaping of O’Dell’s songwriting, this paper will argue that three of O’Dell’s songs – “Live for Sweet Jesus,” “The Tragedy of Pulaski,” and “There’ll be no handkerchiefs needed in Heaven” – serve as evidence of an especially close connection between the composer and his music.

Item Type: Thesis (Masters)
Subjects: M Music and Books on Music > M Music
Divisions: UNSPECIFIED
Depositing User: Laura Francis
Date Deposited: 12 Nov 2014 17:40
Last Modified: 21 Nov 2014 13:59
URI: http://wagner.radford.edu/id/eprint/158

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