The blues is a genre of music that can be vocal, instrumental (blues guitar), or both. It primarily uses the ‘blue’ notes, which are based on a ‘minor pentatonic’ scale, also known as the blues scale.
Blues music originated in African-American communities in the U.S., drawing from work songs, spirituals, field hollers, chants, shouts, and simple ballads with rhyming lyrics. Many elements of the blues reflect African influences.
The call-and-response aspect of the music has its roots in African traditions, with numerous lines being repeated two or more times. This later evolved into a pattern where a line was repeated twice, followed by an ‘answer line’ on the third repetition. These characteristics of early blues can still be found in modern music, particularly hip-hop.
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The early 1900s blues, also known as “poor man’s blues,” often dealt with themes of hardship, oppression, cruelty, gambling, economic depression, natural disasters, magic, farming, and drought. This music was fueled by heartache and despair, with lyrics and the tone of the blues guitar often inspired by lost loved ones or harsh living conditions.
After World War II, blues music began to focus on themes of relationships and sex, with humor occasionally being incorporated into the songs.
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Today, blues music has become a multicultural genre, with artists playing the blues all around the world. Texas-born Stevie Ray Vaughan set the music world ablaze with his modern fusion of blues and rock until his untimely death in 1990. Other contemporary blues artists making their mark include Shemekia Copeland, Susan Tedeschi, Robert Cray, Taj Mahal, Charlie Musselwhite, and the North Mississippi Allstars.
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