Blues: Misc


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Up to date as of February 02, 2010

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Originating Location: United States

Originating Era: Early 20th Century


Key Artists

  • Robert Johnson
  • B. B. King
  • Leadbelly
  • Howlin' Wolf
  • Taj Mahal
  • Buddy Guy

Key Albums

  • Howlin' Wolf - Electric Mud
  • Blues Brothers soundtrack

Genre Description

One of the parents of all genres of quintessentially American music, especially Rock, Pop and R&B, Blues music evolved out of many sources, including Negro spirituals and folk music. In a way, Blues is a form of folk, being a music of the people, but the styles of music we typically think of Blues and folk are much different. Blues typically uses a 12-bar chord progression. Like Jazz (somewhat of a brother-genre to the Blues), it's a genre that started out maligned and derided, but has become one of the exhalted genres of "Serious" music. Often times the lyrics can be rather dirty, although not always. It's one of the longest-lived genres of American music, if not the longest, and a lot of interesting stuff is being done today with the genre.

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This article uses material from the "Blues" article on the Music wiki at Wikia and is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike License.

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