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The Urban Gospel Ministry of Robert and Lily Butler (1998)

About the Film

Ms. Butler, celebrated for her complex old time gospel singing as well as her incisive, melodic guitar style, made her concert debut in 1990 at the age of 76. She and her husband taught the traditional gospel songs of their heritage to their many children, grandchildren, and great grandchildren. Ms. Butler and her son, the Reverend Robert Butler, play at folk festivals and churches throughout the region, and also practice a gospel ministry.


For licensing, film rights and permissions, contact Steven Zeitlin, Nick Doob, the distributor CARTS (Cultural Arts Resources for Teachers and Students), or Folkstreams.

Film Details

  • Film by: Steven Zeitlin, Nick Doob
  • Cinematographer: Nick Doob
  • Sound: Judy Karp, Eric John, Troy Matthews, Peter Schneider
  • Editor: Nick Doob
  • Other Credits: Consultant: Peter Siegel; Sound mix: John Alberts Sound Design, Sony Studios; on-line editor: Alan Winderbaum, Magno Sound & Video
  • Funding: Folk Arts Program of the New York State Council on the Arts, National Endowment for the Arts
  • Original Format: 3/4 inch videotape: U-matic
  • © 1998 City Lore, Inc
  • 40mins, Color
  • Categories:
    ReligionUrban LifeAfrican American Culture