How Blues Music Developed

Article Written by : The Jewelery Review

Blues originated at the end of the 19th century in the “Deep South” in plantations including the Mississippi Delta where African-American communities mostly entertain themselves with the form of music. It is known as genre indicating a fusion between traditional African music and European folk music, spiritual music and many others. Blues and Jazz interacted with each other. Blues is performed in call-and- response format. They are short chants and often deals with personal adversities. But the music goes beyond that allowing a person to say what he feel, getting rid of frustration, and allowing fun. The influence of Blues can be found in Jazz, Rhythm and blues and Rock and Roll music. Early Blues included a single line being repeated four times. Later in the 20th Century the current form of Blues known as AAB pattern became famous. This form includes a line sung over first four bars, repetition over next four, and concluding with a long line.

The first known publication of Blues record is in 1908 where Antonio Maggio released “I Got the Blues.” Blues influenced Rock and Roll and produced musicians including BB King known as “the King of Blues,” Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, Sheryl Crow and John Mayer.