Independent Blues Music
The blues is a musical style created in response to the hardships endured by generations of African American people. It originated in the rural Mississippi Delta region at the beginning of the 20th century when southern African-Americans spirituals and worksongs collided with American folk and country from the Appalachians. Descended from earlier work shouts (arhoolies), blues is primarily a vocal narrative style featuring solo voice with instrumental accompaniment. Blues has contributed significantly to the development of jazz, rock music, and country and western music. 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.
Blues styles include but are not limited to Chicago Blues (Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters), Country Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins, Scrapper Blackwell, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi Fred McDowell), Louisiana Blues (Champion Jack Dupree, Lonesome Sundown, Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim), Texas Blues (Bobby "Blue" Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King , Stevie Ray Vaughan), and Jump/Piano Blues (Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Big Joe Turner, Floyd Dickson, Jimmy Witherspoon).