Lizzo made her Saturday Night Live debut this weekend, and her guitarist Celisse Henderson turned the occasion into an even more special one by paying tribute to the late guitar legend, Sister Rosetta Tharpe.
In the performance, Henderson led the intro to a slightly altered version of Truth Hurts on a cream-finished SG Custom, just like the one Tharpe was known for. And if there were any doubt that Henderson was paying tribute the late icon, her strap emblazoned with the word “Sister” squashed it.
The guitarist also took to Twitter with her tribute, praising Lizzo for her talent and shouting out Tharpe once again. Check it out here:
What an honor it was to kick of this incredible performance by the amazingly talented and good hearted @lizzo ??
And it’s all for #SisterRosettaTharpe @nbcsnl @gibsonguitar #lizzoSNL pic.twitter.com/mI5XuzWvhM
— Celisse (@CelisseMusic) 22 December 2019
Sister Rosetta Tharpe was a guitar pioneer who was often overlooked. Her electric gospel sound paved the way for rock ’n’ roll, and, according to her biographer, she influenced many other icons like Elvis Presley, Johnny Cash and Little Richard. Tharpe died in 1973 at the age of 58, and she was posthumously inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall Of Fame in 2017.
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