The Gospel Blues Train celebrates the work of gospel blues pioneers such as Blind Willie Johnson, Rev Gary Davis, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Mahalia Jackson and Mississippi Fred McDowell whilst looking at the work of subsequent and current artistes who have helped keep the genre alive.
Occasionally the Train takes small diversions into bluegrass, gospel, funk and soul territories and seeks to educate and entertain at every point of the hour long weekly journey.
Regular features such the Double Take – where we hear the original or definitive version of a blues classic and immediately an updated version by another artist – are included as well as the Blues Spotlight which looks a little more closely at the work of an important person in the world of gospel blues.
In addition, the likes of American bluesmen Eric Bibb, Glen Kaiser and Rev Jimmie Bratcher have contributed specifically to the show whilst, in the UK, Paul Jones and soul singer Ruby Turner have also exclusively featured.
Lins Honeyman is a singer-songwriter and performer based in Perthshire, Scotland. Lins has appeared live in bars, coffee shops, prisons, churches and living rooms – both solo and with his band. To keep things fresh, he goes between guitar, harmonica, piano, mandolin, dobro and ukulele and plays a range of original material, old blues numbers and the odd surprising cover or two!
Lins Honeyman is also a regular reviewer and feature writer for Christian music website Cross Rhythms.
Lins Honeyman presents and produces The Gospel Blues Train, on 100.8 Revival FM on Tuesdays at 11.00pm and also on Fridays at 8.00pm and Saturdays at 7.00pm. If you miss the programme, go to the Catch Up anytime page where programmes are available for 7 days after original broadcast.