The Staple Singers and the Holmes Brothers are pretty much it on the African-American side of town (Please prove me wrong, some Contributor). A strong, authentic family unit that has delighted both sacred and secular audiences * for 50+ years. Burnished their chops by backing Jerry Butler, The Impressions and John Lee Hooker (that's getting schooled up quickly). Their Wiki: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Holmes_Brothers And a Discog: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/the-h...04/discography <<Whether it's Jesus or a woman, they testify to love and commitment...and get with it--you're expected to sway/ But don't get in the way.
Their Site: http://theholmesbrothers.com/main.html
Some tunes: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TUZ24ZFBiok << had to open with this...had to.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9knSWR3chAI A multi-song, multi-genre Tiny Desk perf. One word: entrancing << you'll come back to this.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TlibWe0tEH0 << Johnny Cash did an excellent version also.
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FPNhnIwT920 << Taking a secular song all the way to church
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=16iwqgXptqA << they sure do cover the waterfront--here doing a Jimmy Reed classic
* Staying real here: these may be the same audience, in different circumstances, shall we say?
Here's a session--Joan Osborne w/ the Holmes Bros: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pZF3hIg0gFg << obvious musical affection