DELTA BLUES: The Beginning of it All.

Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music, thus one of the earliest styles of modern music.The importance of the genre is beyond perception as it heavily influenced blues, jazz, rock n’ roll, and it determined music as we know it today. The mix features music by all the great Delta blues musicians including Robert Johnson, Son House, and Big Bill Broonzy.
This my friends, is the beginning of it all.

i. Crossroad Blues - Robert Johnson || ii. Preachin’ Blues - Son House || iii. I Be’s Troubled - Muddy Waters || iv. Milk Cow Blues - Sleepy John Estes || v. Baby, Please Don’t Go - Big Joe Williams || vi. Where Did you Sleep Last Night? - Leadbelly || vii. Down the Dirt Road Blues - Charley Patton || viii. Fixin’ to Die Blues - Bukka White || ix. Big Bill Blues - Big Bill Broonzy || x. Future Blues - Willie Brown || xi. Southern Can is Mine - Blind Willie McTell || xii. Dark was the Night, Cold was the Ground - Blind Willie Johnson || xiii. Falling Down Blues - Furry Lewis || xiv. Cool Drink of Water Blues - Tommy Johnson || xv. Matchbox Blues - Blind Lemon Jefferson

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anonymous asked:

Any favorite blues artists? Recently I've been dabbling with Howlin Wolf, Little Walter, and Etta (all by coincidence, I swear). Even more recently, I've been experimenting with Rock.... specifically Little Richard & The Rolling Stones;

My list of favorite blues musicians is endless….it’s so hard to pick favorites because they all have their individual styles and sound. 
But I’ll be happy to name a few to give you more insight: 

Lonnie Johnson, Hound Dog Taylor, Elmore James, T Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Magic Sam, Bukka White, Tampa Red, Robert Nighthawk, Tommy McClennan, Big Bill Broonzy, J.B Lenoir, Lightnin Hopkins, Earl Hooker, John Lee Hooker, Clarence Gatemouth Brown, Abner Jay, Big Joe Williams, Lonnie Brooks, Blind Willie McTell, Arthur Crudup, Charlie Patton, Frank Frost, Willie Dixon, Leroy Carr, ++++

If you like early Stones (with Brian Jones) go listen to Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, and lots of late 50s, early 60s Rhythm and Blues music. and ofc rock n roll, Chuck Berry (Little Richard like you mentioned), Eddie Cochran, Johnny Kidd & The Pirates, Link Wray, etc etc, you get the idea ;)

He never pushed me, just left me to learn [the guitar] or not. The main thing was he was always around the house, playing his ukulele and smiling. I’d come home from school and he’d be standing in the doorway playing his uke.
We’d play together all the time. And listen to records. Hoagy Carmichael, Cab Calloway, Nina Simone, Big Bill Broonzy. Bix and Bing. Stuff you wouldn’t ordinarily play to kids. I loved it. He wasn’t a big fan of contemporary music - Massive Attack or Tricky, who I like a lot - but we could listen to Beck together. My friends got into all that music too because … my dad was very cool with them.
—  Dhani Harrison on his late father, George, Los Angeles Times, 18 November 2002