Monday, September 22, 2008

Delta Blues Music

Mississippi Delta

When I think of blues music, the Delta Blues is what usually comes to mind. According to Wikipedia;
The Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta, a region of the United States that stretches from Memphis, Tennessee in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi in the south, the Mississippi River on the west to the Yazoo River on the east. The Mississippi Delta area is famous both for its fertile soil and its extreme poverty. Guitar and harmonica are the dominant instruments used. The vocal styles range from introspective and soulful to passionate and fiery.
List of Delta Blues Musicians @ SqueezeMyLemon

R.L. Burnside
James Cotton
John Lee Hooker
Son House
Mississippi John Hurt
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Skip James
Robert Johnson
Blind Willie Johnson
Blind Willie McTell
Charley Patton
Pinetop Perkins
Hound Dog Taylor
Muddy Waters
Bukka White
Big Joe Williams
Howlin' Wolf

List of References

Traveling the Blues Highway by Charles E. Cobb Jr. @ National Geographic Online.

Trail of the Hellhound - Delta Blues in the lower Mississippi Valley

Marybeth Hamilton's In Search of the Blues

Delta Blues Museum in Clarksdale Mississippi.

Mississippi Delta Blues Society

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