…..and they named it Rock and Roll. The Blues, a uniquely American art form, began in the Mississippi Delta in the late 19th century. It was born of a combination of spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll lives on today even more widely that it did over a century ago.
The Blues wasn’t about being sad, it was a unique way of finding joy and happiness through the music itself. Some lyrics may be sad, but the emotion and joy of which they were performed brought a sort of happiness to those that played the music and those that heard it.
This weekend is a celebration of the Blues and all the forms it gave birth to, including Rock and Roll, R&B and Rockabilly. So, sort through your favorites, from Delta Blues to Chicago Blues, to Jazz Blues and your favorite Rock and Roll. Don’t forget to smile while posting your favorites. 😉
Robert Johnson- Crossroad
Muddy Waters — Mississippi Delta Blues
JEFF BECK & BRIAN SETZER.-“TWENTY FLIGHT ROCK
Mike Bloomfield – Juke Joint Blues
Sweet Home Chicago Eric Clapton, Robert Cray, Buddy Guy, Hubert Sumlin & Jimmie Vaughan