Category Archives: Part IV Blame it on the Blues

The female blues stars of the 1920s were followed by masters of blues guitar and then guitar-piano duos. Robert Johnson would make his name by fusing his Delta roots with the sounds of famous urban musicians. “Sweet Home Chicago” was a masterful reworking and renaming of music that was popular in the Black Metropolis since the 1920s. For a young Delta musician with aspirations, Chicago was the destination. Johnson died in 1938 at age 27 before he could fulfill his promise.

Sweet Home Chicago: Part IV. Blame it on the Blues

Thomas Dorsey was an active composer and blues performer before his gospel breakthrough in the early 1930s. In 1910 at age 11 he sold candy at Atlanta’s famous 81 Theater where he first heard William “Pa” Rainey and Gertrude “Ma” … Continue reading

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