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The Delta Blues style comes from a region in the southern part of Mississippi, a place romantically referred to as "the land where the blues were born." In its earliest form, the style became the first black guitar-dominated music to make it onto phonograph records back in the late '20s. Although many original Delta blues performers worked in a string-band context for live appearances, very few of them recorded in this manner. Consequently, the recordings from the late '20s through mid-'30s consist primarily of performers working in a solo, self-accompanied context. The form is dominated by fiery slide guitar and passionate vocalizing, with the deepest of feelings being applied directly to the music. Its lyrics are passionate as well, and in some instances remain the highest flowering of blues songwriting as stark poetry. The form continues to the present time with new performers working in the older solo artist traditions and style.

Delta Blues Artists Highlights

Son House
Son House
Muddy Waters
Muddy Waters
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Robert Johnson
Robert Johnson
Charley Patton
Charley Patton
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Mississippi Fred McDowell

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Delta Blues Album Highlights

Roots of Robert Johnson
Various Artists
Roots of Robert Johnson
Complete 1931 Recordings in Chronological Order
Skip James
Complete 1931 Recordings ...
Founder of the Delta Blues [Yazoo]
Charley Patton
Founder of the Delta Blues ...
The Complete Plantation Recordings
Muddy Waters
The Complete Plantation ...
Mississippi Delta Blues
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Mississippi Delta Blues
King of the Delta Blues: The Complete Recordings [Columbia/Legacy]
Robert Johnson
King of the Delta Blues: ...

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Delta Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Fixin' to Die Blues Bukka White
You Got to Move Mississippi Fred McDowell
Cross Road Blues Robert Johnson
Preachin' the Blues, Pt. 1 Son House
Bottle It up and Go Tommy McClennan
Good Morning Little Schoolgirl Mississippi Fred McDowell
Death Letter Son House
The Devil Is a Busy Man Sunnyland Slim
I'm So Glad Skip James
Rambling on My Mind Robert Lockwood, Jr.

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