Arizona Dranes

Another of the inventors of the Holiness sound (you may know it better as rock’n’roll), Arizona Juanita Dranes was a blind Church of God In Christ pianist who sang and played what we would probably call “barrelhouse” piano. They didn’t call it barrelhouse in sanctified church where it was born, you can be damn sure of that. She played tent meetings and revivals with the Reverend F.W. McGee (who was also accompanied by Michelle Shocked’s beloved Sister Rosetta Tharpe and her mother Katie Bell Nubin), recorded sixteen songs, and vanished, leaving those funky chords clattering in the East Texas air behind her, to be used in barrelhousing, in Western Swing, in honkytonk, and in sanctified church to this day.

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