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What Is The Blues?
This is not meant to be an exhaustive study on the blues, instead more of a need to answer the question "what is the blues" through my personal experience and research.
I run into people that think all blues music is slow and depressing, in fact I used to be one of those people. Let's start with the origin of the blues, here's a great definition from a plaque displayed at Sun Studio in Memphis. Click >
Another great definition I found is from Wikipedia.
The blues is a form of music that started in the United States during the start of the 20th century. It was started by former African slaves from spirituals, praise songs, and chants. The first blues songs were called Delta blues. These songs came from the area near the mouth of the Mississippi River. Many African Americans were taken to the north esp. in the northwest of the United States, to find work. They took the blues with them and developed it into new styles. The most important is the Chicago Blues, which is played with electric amplified instruments. But other cities and states have their own form of Blues developed from the Delta Blues (f. e. Texas Blues, West Coast Blues and others).
Having the blues and blues music are two entirely different things. When you have the blues you’re sad or depressed. Blues music however can be very uplifting which I know sounds like a contradiction unless you understand there are many different styles, tempos and what the lyrics are saying in blues music. Some of the different styles of blues music are Texas Blues, Chicago Blues, Jump Blues, and Delta Blues.
In our performance you will hear various styles of blues music, from the slow, nitty gritty, feel good blues to the upbeat music that makes you want to dance and shake your blues away. We also perform a variety of rock 'n roll, most of which has its roots in the blues. We try to keep most of our music fun and enjoyable for everyone.
So to us "the blues" (blues music) is a Celebration!
That is why our motto is "SERVING YOU WITH JOY", which we are always looking forward to do for you.
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Serving You With Joy!
The man above is Robert Johnson, King of The Delta Blues.
The blues originated in the Mississippi Delta
so the reason he's called King of The Delta Blues
is because since it's origin, blues has evolved
into sub-categories as stated earlier.
Many of Robert Johnson's songs have been recorded
by such bands and artists as Cream, Eric Clapton,
The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan and The Allman Brothers.
Robert never achieved fame and fortune in his lifetime
but as Eric Clapton puts it "Johnson is the most important
blues musician who ever lived".
Some of Robert's most popular songs are Crossroads,
Sweet Home Chicago, and Love In Vain.
Since the blues originated in the Delta and Robert Johnson is the King of the Delta Blues, wouldn't that make him King Of The Blues? The distinction is made because from where the blues orginated grew other styles of blues based on where it's from such as Chicago Blues and Texas Blues.
My Blues Pilgrmage
In the summer of 2019 I had the opportunity to go on what I call a blues pilgrimage or blues journey with my wife. As stated earlier, the blues originated in the Mississippi Delta. The journey starts in the town of Clarksdale, Mississippi which is the home and birthplace of the blues. Here they have live authentic blues music every night of the week.
Enjoy The Journey With Me!
I got to jam at Ground Zero Blues Club which is the # Blues Club in the nation. The day after the jam session I visited some of the local stores in Clarksdale and in two different stores I was complimented on "my show" from the previous night by tourists visiting the town. This was totally unexpected but it made me feel great that I was able to make people feel good about about the blues through my performance at the
#1 Blues Club in the country in the birthplace of the blues.
Who is this guy?
We were fortunate enough to stay at "The Clark House" which was originally constructed in 1859 by town of Clarksdale founder John Clark. The Clark House was the first home built in Clarksdale, and is listed on the National Register of Historic Places.
Of course no Blues Journey would be complete without going to
"THE CROSSROADS" where legend has it or myth or whatever you want to believe, Robert Johnson (described earlier) sold his his soul to the devil to be a master blues guitar player. Where also of course I had to go jam, and jam the song "Crossroads" I did : )
Please check back for updates since this page is still under construction, we're going to Memphis next.
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