The church and the blues joint are pivotal worlds within the black community. Each weekend the preacher and the blues singer gather their followers together to celebrate with familiar rituals that have much in common. Both speak to black families with a deep knowledge of their needs and aspirations. Bluesmen perform at clubs and house parties on Friday and Saturday nights, and the preacher leads his church service on Sunday morning. This cycle of sacred and secular worlds has existed for more than a century and is a familiar part of the life of each speaker in this book. The blues cannot be understood apart from the church. Music, stories, and call and response define both the blues singer and the preacher as they reach out to the people of their community.