The Blues Behind The Blues

By Nelly Ruach Quick Run Down The Blues, like many of the genres we have learned about in this class, have followed the pattern of music that stems from Negro spirituals. With many adaptations and subcategories that can stem from this style of music, it is important to note that its origins stem from the […]

The Blues of a Black Woman: Bessie Smith

by: LaShaunda McWright “I ain’t good-lookin’, but I’m somebody’s angel child.” ~  Bessie Smith Early Years Known as “The Empress of the Blues” Bessie Smith was born Elizabeth Smith, on April 15, 1894 in Chattanooga, TN although there are assumptions of her actual birth date being July 1892. By the time she was eight, she […]

Charley Patton: Father of Delta Blues

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The Mannish Boy: Muddy Waters

The Mannish Boy: Muddy Waters Intro/background      McKinley Morganfield, better known as “Muddy Waters” is one of the most famous and influential blues musicians of all time. Muddy Waters was born April 4 1913 in Issaquena County, Mississippi but claimed Rolling Fork as his birthplace. Muddy Waters got his name from when he was […]

Blues: The Legendary John Lee Hooker

THE LEGENDARY JOHN LEE HOOKER “It’s never hard to sing the blues. Everyone in the world has the blues……..”    -John Lee Hooker Introduction: John Lee Hooker played both electric and acoustic guitar. He was widely known for his distinctive vocal and instrumental style. He was an American Blues singer, songwriter, and guitarist.  Background: John […]

Son House: A Hidden Gem

Son House Early Life Edward James “Son” House, Jr. was born on the twenty-first day of March, 1902 in a small town in Mississippi named Lyon. House Jr. was the second of three brothers. His father, was a musician as well; he played the tuba in a band with his brothers. The entire family was heavily […]

King of the Delta Blues: Robert Johnson

King of the Delta Blues: Robert Johnson Robert Johnson is the greatest artist in the history of Delta Blues. He expressed his talent through singing, playing the guitar, and writing songs. Although he received very little recognition in his lifetime, his music became an inspiration to so many artists that would come about. This is […]