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The Powerful Voices of Pilot Knob

0602
 2020


The Chariettes, billed as an ‘all-girl group,’ shown in 1953, has performed for decades.
Photo courtesy of Bill and Evelyn Martin and the Texas Music Museum

By Denise Gamino

Perhaps the fertile volcanic soil around Pilot Knob has a secret spiritual ingredient that helped create a joyful noise. 

More than a few who grew up in the shadow of the dormant volcano in southeast Austin — and their children — have hit stardom in the soulful world of black gospel music in America.

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