The Blues as Therapy in the Black Community

The Blues were very significant in the black community. The lyrics usually explaining hard times, it can be perceived that the blues served as some type of therapy for black folk. With melancholic lyrics and somber melodies, the blues had two revivals. During the times blues was first discovered, it was not very popular. It took decades for blues to get the appreciation it deserves. 


Women were very prominent in blues, taking roles as famous singers and songwriters. One example of these famous women is Mamie Smith. She was very popular and was a part of Race Records. Race Records allowed people to record and sell records. This was a big turning point in the way people listened to music.