The blues is the roots, the rest is the fruit. The blues comes from Africa, it was born in the North Mississippi Delta following the Civil War in the course of the XIX century. In fact it is a fusion between the culture of
The blues comes from Africa, it was born in the North Mississippi Delta following the
Civil War in the course of the XIX century. In fact it is a fusion between the culture of
this continent and the history of the slavery. Blues was invented by the slaves who
were deported to America. It expresses their suffering. Music was the only way of
expression. They could resist with the lyrics which told about their problems but this
real meaning was hiding, they spoke always with metaphors. This music could be very
melancholic but it expresses also the hope of this population.
Influenced by African roots, field hollers, ballads, church music evolved into music for
a singer who would engage in call-and-response with his guitar.
The blues have strongly influenced almost all popular music as jazz, country, and rock
and roll and continues to help shape music worldwide. In which way, the Blues is the
roots of the different kind of music, the current musicals genres?
W.C Handy, blues’ father
The main themes evoked in the Blues’ lyrics are the depression, the love (the woman leaving her husband). The political aspect is also very present in some songs, as well as a lot of sexual allusions
The jazz was invented by the American black people stemming from the slavery. It is clearly influenced by the gospel, and the blues. The Jazz is much more given rhythm than the blues.
Blues and Jazz have much in common, from their origins in the African-American communities of the southern United States at the beginning of the 20th century to their spread, in particular from a point of view of the musical structure. Jazz as we know it would not exist without the blues.
Jazz giants as Louis Armstrong or King Oliver used blues songs as the foundation for many of their most important creations.
Diana Krall, Joshua Redman and other young jazz stars of the day still play the blues.
Louis Armstrong- What a wonderful world
Diana Krall- Almost blues
The blues is, at first, the main element of the "marriage" with the country music which gave birth to the rock 'n' roll, to the United States, in the middle of 1950s. When USA were divided by racial problems many people find a spirit of equality in Rock n’ roll it was caring the same values as the blues some decades previously. The term of rock was invented by the white artists to avoid meeting in the same tubs that the black artists. Like jazz, rock and roll draws upon gospel spirituals and the blues
Robert Johnson and Elmore James were huge influences on 60’s rockers like Eric Clapton and The Rolling Stones, who listened religiously their music.
Rock bands as the Rolling Stones or the Beatles were inspired by B.B King, a bluesman who invented the concept of lead guitar. So, the Blues is really the root of many music styles.
JimiHendrix was really influenced by great bluesmen like John Lee Hooker, Muddy Waters and Robert Johnson that he quotes during his concerts. The blues constitutes the base of the guitarist vocabulary used by Jimi Hendrix.
Robert Johnson- Sweet home Chicago
Eric Clapton- Sweet home Chicago
Jimi Hendrix- Voodoo Child
The blues is the roots, the rest is the fruit. This is the main movement which inspired most of the current kind of music: by techniques, rhythm, themes of lyrics... Blues, invented by black communities, was spread all over the world, in Europe, and White people appropriated this music. So themes evocated by the Blacks in the birth of Blues took another sense as time goes by but the theme of love, lost love, will be still present. Blues will always have an influence on current art movements.