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Early American Blues delineates the sound of the raw African-American song being put into a recognizable form of a commercial context. Starting with the work songs of slaves in the plantation fields down South and following it to the development of "floating verses" used by them to form actual songs, there was no written structure involved. But the strength -- and popularity -- of the music could not go unnoticed by other African-American musicians of more professional standing. This development brought with it the very first attempts to put the blues into the standard 12-bar form, utilizing three basic-chord changes and the AAB verse stanzas indigenous to the genre.

Early American Blues Artists Highlights

Dave Alvin
Dave Alvin
Phil Alvin
Phil Alvin
Leroy Carr
Leroy Carr

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Early American Blues Album Highlights

Good Time Tonight
Big Bill Broonzy
Good Time Tonight
The Young Big Bill Broonzy (1928-1935)
Big Bill Broonzy
The Young Big Bill Broonzy ...
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women Is All I Crave: The Best of Leroy Carr
Leroy Carr
Whiskey Is My Habit, Women ...
It Hurts Me Too: The Essential Recordings of Tampa Red
Tampa Red
It Hurts Me Too: The ...
Big Bill's Blues
Big Bill Broonzy
Big Bill's Blues
Do That Guitar Rag (1928-1935)
Big Bill Broonzy
Do That Guitar Rag ...

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Early American Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
I Can't Be Satisfied Big Bill Broonzy
Hip Shakin' Strut Big Bill Broonzy
Prison Bound Blues Leroy Carr
Bumble Bee Blues Tampa Red
New Shake 'Em on Down Joshua Altheimer / George Barnes / Big Bill Broonzy
Grandma's Farm Big Bill Broonzy
Seminole Blues Tampa Red
Starvation Blues Big Bill Broonzy
Graveyard Dream Blues Ida Cox
It's Red Hot
Tampa Red

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