The country blues that emanated primarily from the Mississippi Delta in the 1930s laid the groundwork for a uniquely indigenous American music that ultimately had a profound effect on culture all over the world.
Without the blues, there is no jazz, no rock and roll (and no subsequent British Invasion), no hip-hop.
Many casual observers know the names:
This discussion first briefly traces the evolution of country blues to electrified Chicago Blues and the birth of rock and roll, but takes a close look at five underappreciated masters of the craft:
King Solomon Hill
Blind Willie McTell
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