Monday 3 August 2015
D is for Delta blues
A river delta is "a landform that forms at the mouth of a river, where the river flows into an ocean, sea, estuary, lake, or reservoir." In the United States, when referring to the "delta," one's usually talking about the delta of the largest river in North America, the Mississippi.
The Delta blues is "one of the earliest styles of blues music. It originated in the Mississippi Delta... that stretches from Memphis, Tennessee in the north to Vicksburg, Mississippi in the south... The Mississippi Delta area is famous both for its fertile soil and its poverty. Guitar, harmonica and cigar box guitar are the dominant instruments used, with slide guitar (usually on the steel guitar) being a hallmark of the style. The vocal styles range from introspective and soulful to passionate and fiery."
Read more about the delta blues at this PBS site.
There's a Delta blues museum in Clarksdale, MS, founded in 1979.
Read about Delta blues artists such as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker and Robert Johnson.
Listen to two hours of delta blues.