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The Campbell Brothers

8 p.m. Friday, February 15 and 11 a.m. Saturday, February 16. Edison Theatre, 6445 Forsyth Boulevard



In the late '90s, the blues label Arhoolie began its seminal Sacred Steel series, which introduced the heathen masses of jam kids and blues heads to the obscure sound of gospel-steel guitar, as electrified by the House of God churches stretching from Crescent City, Florida, to Rochester, New York. The Campbell Brothers — Chuck, Darick, Phillip and Carlton — have become the genre's marquee act, especially since eldest brother Chuck was the man responsible for introducing the pedal steel to the House of God. With a drum and three-guitar attack, the Brothers build layer upon layer of pyrotechnic skill until the shaking edifice explodes in frenzied wails, like the steel guitar were as much an instrument of exorcism as it's one of praise. Add in singer Tiffany Godette, and you have a show that turns "good news" into an understatement of biblical proportions.