Sister O.M. Terrell – Bottleneck Evangelist

Below is a marvelous website and 2001 CBC radio interview with Bruce Nemerov of Middle Tennessee State University on how he came to locate Sister Ola Mae Terrell. Sister O.M. Terrell was an itinerant “Holy Ghost Preacher” who recorded six sides for Columbia Records in 1953, and never recorded again.

Everyone who enjoys bottleneck slide guitar, gospel music, or a good story about finding a long-lost folk music pioneer will appreciate this interesting interview.

Sister Ola Mae Terrell

About Bob Marovich

Bob Marovich is a gospel music historian, author, and radio host. Founder of Journal of Gospel Music blog (formally The Black Gospel Blog) and producer of the Gospel Memories Radio Show.

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  1. Sister Terrell doesn’t seem to have recorded after her Columbia discs, but she did do Life Is a Problem/How Long for the Playboy (true!) label earlier. — Alan Young

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