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The Influence of the Mississippi Delta Style on Chicago’s Postwar Blues

The Influence of the Mississippi Delta Style on Chicago’s Postwar Blues

Chapter:
(p.157) The Influence of the Mississippi Delta Style on Chicago’s Postwar Blues
Source:
Charley Patton
Author(s):
Mike Rowe
Publisher:
University Press of Mississippi
DOI:10.14325/mississippi/9781496816139.003.0006

This chapter addresses the influence of the Mississippi Delta style on Chicago's postwar blues. By the time the great Delta blues artists appeared on record the Depression was on, and no matter how magnificent the music is today, the artists really had very little impact. However, after the Depression, when recording picked up again a recognizable style had developed in Chicago. The early country bluesmen had died or disappeared, and by the late 1930s there was an urban blues style that was smoother and more regular, which it had to be because the instrumentation had changed as piano players were added to the solo guitarists. The chapter then looks at the influence of Delta blues on Robert Lockwood Jr., Muddy Waters, Robert Nighthawk, Baby Face Leroy, Johnny Shines, Floyd Jones, Big Joe Williams, Sonny Boy Williamson, Little Walter, Eddie Taylor, Otis Rush, and Jimmy Reed.

Keywords:   Mississippi Delta style, postwar blues, Delta blues, Chicago, bluesmen, urban blues style, Robert Lockwood Jr., Muddy Waters

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