The Early Women of the Blues

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20th Century “Hotlanta”: Piedmont Blues in Georgia

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Summer of Soul Notes

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Black + Blues

/*! elementor – v3.6.4 – 13-04-2022 */ .elementor-heading-title{padding:0;margin:0;line-height:1}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title[class*=elementor-size-]>a{color:inherit;font-size:inherit;line-height:inherit}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-small{font-size:15px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-medium{font-size:19px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-large{font-size:29px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xl{font-size:39px}.elementor-widget-heading .elementor-heading-title.elementor-size-xxl{font-size:59px} Blues music is a music genre that originated in the Deep South in the early 20th century by African Americans Following the civil war. Blues incorporates musical Elements developed from negro spirituals Like field hollers, ragtime, work, Songs, south, chants, and […]

Get it Back in Blues

Get it Back in Blues By: Alexia Khalil Women in Blues During the Blues era, women were at the forefront of the movement. Like others have done in previous genres, African American women in Blues chose to use this outlet as a source of expression. Women join together to celebrate freedom, independence, and sexual realities. […]

The Emotions of the Blues

What is the Blues?                The Blues is a genre of music that was generated in the deep south of the United States. This genre is a more lyrical form of music. Artists rely on their vocal ability as well as their lyrics to present their music. The Blues […]

Let’s Move To Some Blues!

Let’s Talk Some Blues! Blues, secular folk music, was created by African Americans in the early 20th century. The simple but expressive forms of the blues emerged in the 1960s and was one of the most important influences on the development of popular music throughout the United States. Blues songs are lyrical rather than narrative […]

Blues: The Musical Coping Mechanism

The phrase “I have the blues” is synonymous for feeling sad, down in the dumps, or upset. Black music is often reflective of the time period and the black experience at the time. The blues period coincided with Jim Crow Laws, so the name makes sense. A time of segregation, discrimination, and hate, would likely […]

Modern Day Blues: Shemkia Copeland

Modern Day Blues: Shemekia Copeland Written By: Mauranne Vernier Thesis Blues began around the 1870s. That was over a century ago. However, the genre is still flourishing and thriving thanks to musicians like Shemekia Copeland, who embodies what it means to be a modern-day Blues artist. Background Shemekia Copeland was born in Harlem, New York […]

Feelin’ The Blues

Everybody knows a little about the blues but most don’t know the history and origins of it. The blues built is foundation of the backs of the work songs down in the South. From slave songs, negro spirituals, and field hollers, the blues emerged. Blues paved the way for Rock n Roll and doesn’t always […]

Underdogs of the Blues

Underdogs of the Blues When exploring the genre of the blues, men have dominated. However, women served as the underdogs as they fundamentally shaped the blues. For example, In 1920 Mamie Smith became the first black vocalist to record a song, “Crazy Blues”. This accomplishment paved the way for many other aspiring women not only […]


Blues(1930s to 1940s) by Nina Lee The Genre of Blues came from Negro Spirituals and Folk music. This genre can be considered another step away from spiritual  music to secular music. The genre have roots in the deep south more specfically in Mississippi. This genre features the lyrics that talked about the everyday struggles of life […]

Feeling Blue

Feeling Blue Race and gender have always been important as it relates to black women’s success. This ongoing conversation details the harsh experiences of black women and how their voices and bodies are implicated in the world of music. The genre of Blues, was used as a way to characterize the experiences of the black […]

Oh, Cry Me a River by Peyton Bolling

The Era of in the Black Community Blues is the expression of sad emotions. It is conveyed through the artist. Blues is a form of music that began in the early 1920s in the deep South along the Mississippi River. Its formation was during the time of the Jim Crow Laws. It stemmed from Negro […]

How the Lyrics & Themes of Blues Music Holds a Social Significance

By: Nia Simone Weeks      When thinking about Blues music, you may reduce it to only being a song about heartbreak or just another genre that focuses on making sad music; However Blues should not only be reduced to that. Blues music holds a significance because it was produced from the living conditions and […]

Black & Blues: B.B. King

Origin BB King was born Riley B. King on a plantation in Itta Bena, Mississippi on September 16, 1925  As a child, he played locally in his town for money King moved to Memphis, TN in 1947 to pursue his music career King was able to grow as an artist when he moved in with […]

Black & Blues

The Blues emerged around the 1890s, stemming from mostly southern states and the Midwest. The geographical hearth area of the blues is the plantation country of the Deep South, stretching from the interior of Georgia to eastern Texas. Most blues singers were born and raised in this region. Its presence was seen almost simultaneously with […]

Black and Blues

Black and Blues History The blues began on Southern manors in the nineteenth Century. Its innovators were slaves, ex-slaves and the relatives of slaves—African-American tenant farmers who sang as they drudged in the cotton and vegetable fields. It’s commonly acknowledged that the music developed from African spirituals, African serenades, work melodies, field hollers, provincial fife […]