The Blues: Origins and Evolution

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The Blues: Origins and Evolution

<p>Beginning in the late 19th century in the Mississippi Delta, “The Blues” is the basis of Pop, Rock and Roll and Jazz. There will be CD and DVD giveaways each week and each student will receive a


Beginning in the late 19th century in the Mississippi Delta, “The Blues” is the basis of Pop, Rock and Roll and Jazz. There will be CD and DVD giveaways each week and each student will receive a compilation CD covering the course highlights.


  • The Origins of the Blues and Regional Blues Styles. Tonight, we will begin the course with the acoustic blues of Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton and Robert Johnson. We will explore the Mississippi Delta region. The class will view excerpts from films such as “The Last of the Mississippi Jukes”, “Deep Blues” and “In Search of Robert Johnson”. We will also hear notable examples of the development of Blues Music. We will also see how the blues took on various regional styles.
  • The Delta Blues. The origin area of the Blues is the fertile Mississippi Delta area in central western Mississippi. Just about every major and influential blues artist was born here. This area extends over into Arkansas as well. This type of blues is characterised by slide guitar, harmonica and sometimes piano, but usually is played by a single artist. This is the acoustic country-style blues which is Black Folk Music and still popular today. We will discuss Robert Johnson, Blind Willie Johnson, Skip James, Son House and others.
  • Memphis Blues. Tonight, we follow the career of B.B. King as well as other great Memphis based artists. B.B. has been the model and ambassador of the Blues for over 50 years. He is one of the last living great Bluesmen. We will see footage of this great performer from at least three different concerts including footage from the film “Road to Memphis” and listen to some splendid examples of his style of playing the blues. We will also hear and see the great other King; Albert King who was the most influential guitarist of the 1960s.
  • The Chicago Blues. A look at the Blues of John Lee Hooker and the great Chicago Blues Bands of Howling Wolf and Muddy Waters. These were essentially the models for the modern Rock and Roll Band. We will hear and view many examples of these greats as well as Sonny Boy Williamson (#1 and 2) and others. Chicago became the “Blues City”.
  • West Side Blues. Tonight, we cover the Blues Revival period of the 1960s and the influence of younger players on the Blues scene. We will discuss the brilliant Freddie King with rare performance footage. We will also examine Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and see extremely rare footage of the late great “Magic Sam” Maghett. This will be a wonderful evening of rare Blues performances from the West Side school of the Blues.
  • Modern Blues Evolution and Extensions. Starting with John Mayall’s now famous 70th Birthday concert with Eric Clapton. We will go on to see and hear the late great Jimi Hendrix and Stevie Ray Vaughan. The influence of Eric Clapton will also be discussed. We will also see Paul Butterfield’s last performance and some recently discovered rare footage. We will also see Rory Gallagher and newer players such as Gary Moore and Joe Bonamassa. This will be a wonderful evening of memories and blues influences.

By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Explain the place of the Blues in the history of modern music.
  2. Evaluate the influences of various artists who have made the Blues famous worldwide.
  3. Define the development of the Blues as a genre and its various regional forms.
  4. Identify the personalities and background of the famous Bluesmen.
  5. Enjoy and extend one’s knowledge and appreciation of this important art form.