Brother Claude Ely :: There Ain’t No Grave Gonna Hold Me

I was driving through my neighborhood in New Orleans one evening when Brother Claude Ely came on WWOZ. I had to pull over and shake the goosebumps off, then regain my composure. Known as the “Gospel Ranger”, Brother Claude was the walking archetype of Pentecostal Holiness. He spent most of his life on the road, giving sermons to the ones who needed it most and the ones who didn’t know needed them yet. Using his cowboy hat, department store guitar, Holy Bible, and starched white suits, he knew . . .

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