The blues genre originated in african-american communities in the american south around the end of the 19th century and influenced many other genres of music including rock 'n' roll, jazz and hip hop. This list of blues singers, ranks the best blues music artists, singers, and musicians, and has been list rules best artists of the blues genre--a style that originated in african-american communities in. The blues will never die almost without fail, great musicians seem to take to the genre early in life like all musical genres, the blues has evolved and absorbed elements from other musical traditions. For other genres see popular music genres country music was one of the first genres of modern american popular music, and old-time music was its earliest style. The blues form was first popularized about 1911-14 by the black composer wc handy (1873-1958) however, the poetic and musical form of the blues first crystallized around 1910 and gained popularity through the publication of handy's memphis blues (1912) and st louis blues (1914.
Blues is a genre of music based on traditional blues chord patterns, scales, and emotive lyrics, often performed by a solo guitarist/vocalist a repeating progression of chords such as the. The blues has deep roots in american history, particularly african-american history no single person invented the blues, but many people claimed to have discovered the genre. About our history reference recordings team blues filter: reference recordings fresh from rr. Trace the origin of the blues from its african roots into new music forms such as rock and roll, jazz and r&b meet the fascinating men and women who lived, built, revived and helped share your story.
Today there are more musical genres in the us than one can count, and many if not all have been influenced in one way or another by jazz and blues over the decades the sub-genres have multiplied and today it is much more difficult to classify what is or is not jazz and blues. Over the years, blues spawned several sub genres starting with the early forms of delta, gospel, and memphis blues, to country, electric, and soul blues as blues continued to evolve as a genre, it had a massive impact on other styles of music. Free audio books in genre history that you can download in mp3, ipod and itunes format for your portable audio player audio previews, convenient categories and excellent search functionality make. The blues is a distinctly american style of music many popular genres such as jazz, rock, and country music draw upon basic blues concepts consequently, it is advantageous for any guitarist to study the blues hawkeye herman introduces the blues he explains the 12 bar blues chords and the poetic. The history of the blues and the origin of the blues is really an evolution of the blues from the unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of african-american slaves and rural blacks into a wide variety of styles and subgenres, with regional variations across the united states and, later, europe and africa.
Chicago blues is urban, it's a little bit edgier and more hardcore, said blues musician joanna the genre flourished in the city due to the proximity of like-minded artists and the abundance of labels. 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. Genres blues classical country electronic experimental folk hip-hop instrumental international jazz novelty old-time / historic pop rock soul-rnb spoken.
The term genre is much used in the history and criticism of visual art, but in art history has meanings that overlap rather confusingly genre painting is a term for paintings where the main subject features human figures to whom no specific identity attaches - in other words, figures are not portraits, characters from a story, or allegorical personifications. Join the blues foundation in celebrating blues music, preserving blues heritage, and expanding come engage with blues music, blues history, and blues greats in our blues museum, gallery, and. Jazz and blues vocalist bessie smith's powerful, soulful voice won her countless fans and earned king of the blues bb king began as a disc jockey in memphis before finding fame as a blues and.
Slowly, blues pioneers have driven (more like overdriven) the genre into rock and roll but i have compiled a personal list of ten blues songs that shaped the history of modern rock n' roll. The rest is history the lyrics and music that son house put down in the 1920's and early 30's left an indelible mark on blues, country, rock, rnb, and just about every genre of american music. Blues story presents an impressionistic history of one of the most lasting art forms america has ever produced - as told for the first time through the share this rating title: blues story (tv movie 2003. The blues has fascinated writers and ethnologists since the early part of this century other ethnomusicologists and anthropologists have granted the blues a dignity, finding in the lyrics a.
History from the dawning days of rhythm & blues through today's multifaceted urban music scene, bmi has been at the forefront of music from the african american tradition, styles and community. Blues, secular folk music created by african americans in the early 20th century, originally in the souththe simple but expressive forms of the blues became by the 1960s one of the most important influences on the development of popular music throughout the united states. Blues history blues is an american heritage, and it should be noted as such the blues is a musical genre the blues means a lot of things to a lot of people.