And something else, hard to put into words. While African descendents of slaves in America made personal testimonies of woe into the Blues art form, they also made gratitude the centerpiece of Gospel singing.
So the Gospel outlook runs counter to the Social Justice one that now dominates American Protestantism -- social justice is based on helping victims, but where are victims among God's children?
The Dixie Hummingbirds - "I've Got So Much to Shout About" at Newport Folk Festival 1966
Posted to YouTube by DasPackenvonBand, December 2013. (2 minutes 13 seconds.)
The Dixie Hummingbirds are an influential American gospel music group, spanning more than 80 years from the jubilee quartet style of the 1920s, through the "hard gospel" quartet style of gospel's golden age in the 1940s and 1950s, to the eclectic pop-tinged songs of today. The Hummingbirds inspired a number of imitators, such as Jackie Wilson and James Brown, who adapted the shouting style and enthusiastic showmanship of hard gospel to secular themes to help create soul music in the 1960s. ...[Wikipedia]