I love the blues. My local Public Radio station plays the Blues on Saturday evening. In addition, the DJ gives historical facts about the artist or commentary on the Blues performer’s style. But, I must admit, I don’t know much about the history of the Blues. I decided I wanted to know how the blues as a form of music came to be a part of our story. So, I googled the “Blues History” and came a way with the fact the there hasn’t been much growth in Blues as a music genre.
The Blues roots can be found in the work songs of the slaves in the south. The songs were of call and response and the field slaves added vocal emotive and rhythm to their hard work. These slave vocals grew into the Blues. The lyrics of many Blues songs are soulful and melancholy music celebrating the life of Black Americans. The lyrics of the blues reflected the lives including: sex, drinking, railroads, jail, murder, poverty, hard labor and love lost.
Famous Blues Artist: Howlin Wolf
Chester Arthur Burnett (June 10, 1910 – January 10, 1976), known as Howlin’ Wolf, was an influential American blues singer, guitarist and harmonica player. He was born in West Point, Mississippi in an area now known as White Station.