Rev. John Wilkins Reflects on his Many Decades of Gospel and Blues.

Hunter's Chapel in Como, Mississippi, has venerable links to the blues community. Not only did the legendary Fred McDowell attend services there, he recorded his 1969 album Amazing Grace with the church's choir. And it was fife and drum master Othar Turner's church of choice. So it's rather fitting that the resident pastor is the Rev. John Wilkins, an heir to blues blessings in his own right.

To Wilkins, there's no contradiction between the blues and gospel. "People got to realize I...

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