Let’s Talk About The Blues

/*! elementor – v3.6.1 – 23-03-2022 */ .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} Introduction to The Blues  At the end of the 20th century a new type of music was emerging out of the deep south, The Blues. It was completely different than the black music that came before it, in their musical characteristics […]

Mamie Smith: Black Women Making Waves in Blues

Mamie Smith was a groundbreaking singer, dancer, pianist and actress of the early 20th century. Born as Mamie Robinson in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mamie is known today as one of the pioneers of blues and an key figure it the commodification of African American Music. Mamie went on to sing “Harlem Blues”, “That Thing Called Love”, […]

Ma Rainey and Blues

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .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} The Mother of Blues Ma Rainey is known as the “Mother of Blues.” She is known for her deep voice and discussions of being Black and Queer during the early twentieth century.  /*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image […]

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 […]

Women and the Blues: Freedom of Expression

by: Claire Jackson Blues music presented a way for Black women to express themselves and their independence in a very special way. Lyrics in the blues genre could sometimes be very expressive romantically and sexually, something that wasn’t often heard of in the 1920s and 1930s. Some very prominent singers of the time include Ma […]

Muddy Waters

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .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} Muddy Waters /*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Blues was developed during the pre-Civil War time period in the south. It uses negro spirituals and blends scales, rhythms, musical styles, and instruments from both Europe […]

B.B. King

The Man Behind the Blues: Riley B. King Who Is He? Riley B. King also known as B.B. King was born on September 16, 1925. He was born in Berclair, Mississippi to sharecroppers Albert and Nora Ella King. He was born on the Berclair cotton plantation. When King was four, his mother left his father […]

Black Women and Blues

Black Women and the Blues Mamie Smith Throughout the life of Mamie Smith, from the age of ten until her untimely death, she was able to pave the way for various African American women within the Blues industry, such as Bessie Smith and Ma Rainey. She was able to do this through her multi-talented performances […]

The Mother of Blues

  Gertrude “Ma” Rainey (April 26, 1886 – December 22, 1939) was an early blues singer and was incredibly influential in establishing the genre. She became known as “Ma” Rainey after being married to Will “Pa” Rainey in 1904. Together, they formed the group Rainey and Rainey, Assassinators of the Blues.   /*! elementor – […]

Howlin’ Wolf’s Wild Blues

Starting as folk music for the enslaved to cheer themselves on, Blues would emerge as a genre in the mid 1800s around the Mississippi Delta. Though, the music styling would begin its popularity around the early 1900s, Delta Blues being one of the earliest Blues stylings. Artist Howlin’ Wolf would redefine aspects of this early […]

Record Row

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .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} Record Row by: Deja Johnson What was Record Row ? Record Row was a collaboration of independent record companies. Record Row was located in Chicago  on South Michigan Avenue and gets its name for being a block full of different record […]

The History of Blues: Ma Rainey

Ma Rainey was the first popular stage singer to include authentic blues into her songs. She was deemed the Mother of Blues. Ma Rainey  was talented enough to perform during the first three decades of the 20th century and she was able to enjoy the mass popularity during the blues craze of the 1920s. Her […]

Commodification of Black Music Through Labels

RECORD ROW Record Row culminated independent record companies into one, especially black music labels, and resided on South Michigan Avenue. Custom Records, Brunswick, Vee-Jay, and Chess all played a role in creating a new era of popular music for black artists throughout the 1950s up until the 1980s.  /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ […]

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 […]

You Thought White Folks’ Stealing “Cadillac Car” Was Bad? Talk to Big Mama Thornton.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1jXM1OEP5oshttps://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yoHDrzw-RPg The 2006 film “Dreamgirls” is undoubtedly my favorite movie. It’s one of the first movies I have vivid memories of seeing in theaters as it was my 7th birthday. 15 years later, It’s rare for me to go too long without incorporating the sayings and songs derived from the 1981 Tony award-winning musical into […]

Koko Taylor: Blues Journey

/*! elementor – v3.5.6 – 28-02-2022 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} Daughter of a sharecropper, blues singer Koko Taylor began her career in blues clubs in Chicago. She later went on to perform almost 70 concerts a year in her late-career and became known as one of the Queens of Blues, winning her 29th […]

Bessie Smith: The Empress of Blues

/*! elementor – v3.6.1 – 23-03-2022 */ .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} Introduction to Blues The Great Migration had a huge influence on the many evolutions of blues. As Black people transitioned from the South to the North, there was a new music sound that took over the Black community. The beginnings of […]

Record Row Questions: By Noel Harris

/*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .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} RECORD ROW By: Noel Harris /*! elementor – v3.4.8 – 16-11-2021 */ .elementor-widget-image{text-align:center}.elementor-widget-image a{display:inline-block}.elementor-widget-image a img[src$=”.svg”]{width:48px}.elementor-widget-image img{vertical-align:middle;display:inline-block} What is Record Row? Record Row is a Rythem and Blues genre that originated on Michigan Avenue in Chicago. They made R&B, blues, soul, […]

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 […]

Bessie Smith & Her Fantastic Blues

“It’s a long old road, but I know i’m gonna find the end” Bessie Smith: In the Beginning Bessie Smith, also known as ‘The Empress of the Blues’ was one of the very first famous blues artists. Born in Chattanooga, Tennessee Smith did not have an easy upbringing. She and her brothers and sisters were […]