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"Blues is about tradition and personal expression. At its core, the blues has remained the same since its inception. Most blues feature simple, usually three-chord, progressions and have simple structures that are open to endless improvisations, both lyrical and musical. The blues grew out of African spirituals and worksongs. In the late 1800s, southern African-Americans passed the songs down orally, and they collided with American folk and country from the Appalachians. New hybrids appeared by each region, but all of the recorded blues from the early 1900s are distinguished by simple, rural acoustic guitars and pianos. After World War II, the blues began to fragment, with some musicians holding on to acoustic traditions and others taking it to jazzier territory. However, most bluesmen followed Muddy Waters' lead and played the blues on electric instruments. From that point on, the blues continued to develop in new directions — particularly on electric instruments — or it has been preserved as an acoustic tradition"
                                                   Allmusic.com

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 Robert Johnson
 

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 Read this timeline.  All the Blues Greats are there.  You will get a feel for their affect and timing of their blues music ....


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W.C. Handy
Father of the Blues



In 1909 WC  wrote what was to become "The Memphis Blues"  It was his first and one of his best! 

The Memphis Blues quickly became popular throughout the country. Florenz Ziegfeld liked the song so much that he later told Handy he gave a party every time he heard it. Black composer Will Vodery told Handy that he was personally responsible for putting five black bands on Broadway--the peculiarities of the song made it too difficult for white musicians to interpret.

According to Noble Sissle, The Memphis Blues inspired the Fox Trot, created by Vernon and Irene Castle. They were one of the most famous ballroom dance teams of the day, and their musical director was James Reese Europe. Most of their material was fast paced, but during intermissions, while the Castles caught their breath, Europe played The Memphis Blues at a slow tempo. He did this regularly, and the Castles became fascinated by the song's rhythm. When Europe suggested that they originate a slow dance adapted to it, the Castles liked the idea, and the new dance, introduced as the Bunny Hug, was soon after renamed the Fox Trot.

Mother of the Blues
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Gertrude "Ma" Rainey

"Went out last night with a crowd of my friends,
They must have been women, 'cause I don't like no men"

"Prove It On Me"   Recorded 1928

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