Bob Friedman
Bass Singer for the Pillars Gospel Quartet

Bob Friedman

This week Anne Kimzey, folklorist with the Alabama State Council on the Arts, interviews Bob Friedman, bass singer for  The Pillars gospel quartet of Birmingham.  During the program Friedman discusses his musical roots in New York City, the political activism that brought him to Alabama, his work with WJLD radio and his interest in African American gospel quartet singing.  Friedman and the Pillars participate in the Alabama Folk Arts Apprenticeship program, teaching their traditional a capella singing style to a younger generation.

Henry Burton, Rev. Don Soloman, Vincent Witt, Bob Friedman

The Pillars gospel quartet includes seven members, four veterans of the tradition and three representatives of the next generation, who are practicing and performing as part of the learning process.  Younger members are Vincent Witt, Sam Wilkerson, and Larry Ford and senior members include Norman Wooding, Jr., Reverend Don Solomon, Henry Burton, and Bob Friedman, all of whom have over fifty years of experience singing, recording, and performing.

This special radio series will air every Sunday at 11:00 - 11:30 A.M., on the Troy University Public Radio Network at:  

  • WTSU 89.9 (Montgomery and Troy)
  • WRWA 88.7 (Dothan)
  • WTJB 91.7 (Columbus and Phenix City) 

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