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When Sunday ComesGospel Music in the Soul and Hip-Hop Eras$
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Claudrena N. Harold

Print publication date: 2020

Print ISBN-13: 9780252043574

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: September 2021

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252043574.001.0001

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Outside the County Line

Outside the County Line

The Southern Soul of John P. Kee

(p.177) Chapter 10 Outside the County Line
When Sunday Comes

Claudrena N. Harold

University of Illinois Press

This chapter explores the music of John P. Kee, a North Carolina–born artist who deftly blended the sounds of R&B, funk, and traditional and contemporary gospel. It examines how Kee’s musical engagements with the South compared with other black writers/artists who sought to articulate what scholar Thadious Davis refers to as the “regionality of the black self.” A proud southerner, Kee frequently transported his listeners to the black South, where men and women cared for and loved each other, where elders shared their wisdom with young people, and where the church anchored the social and cultural lives of a striving people. Though attentive to Kee’s engagement with his southern past, this chapter also explores his tackling of social problems facing African Americans during the 1990s.

Keywords:   John P. Kee, North Carolina, black South, traditional gospel, contemporary gospel

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