Blues: A Regional Experience

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ABC-CLIO, May 1, 2013 - Music - 598 pages

A melding of many types of music such as ragtime, spiritual, jug band, and other influences came together in what we now call the blues. Blues: A Regional Experience is the most comprehensive and up-to-date reference book of blues performers yet published, correcting many errors in the existing literature.

Arranged mainly by ecoregions of the United States, this volume traces the history of blues from one region to another, identifying the unique sounds and performers of that area. Each section begins with a brief introduction, including a discussion of the region's culture and its influence on blues music. Chapters take an in-depth look at blues styles from the following regions: Virginia and the tidewater area, Carolinas and the Piedmont area, the Appalachians and Alabama, the Mississippi Delta, Greater Texas, the Lower Midwest, the Midwest, the Northeast, and California and the West. Biographical sketches of musicians such as B.B. King and T-Bone Walker include parental data and up-to-date biographical information, including full names, pseudonyms, and burial place, when available. The work includes a chapter devoted to the Vaudeville era, presenting much information never before published. A chronology, selected artists' CD discography, and bibliography round out this title for students and music fans.


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1 The Blues as Culture
2 King Cotton
3 On Her Daddys Sugar Farm
4 State of Origin
5 Fleeing the Fields
6 Ecoregions
7 Arranging the Ecoregions
8 Artists by Ecoregion of Birth
9 Vaudeville Era by Birth State
10 State Only Known
Selected Artists CD Discography
Selected Bibliography

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About the author (2013)

Bob Eagle is an independent scholar in Australia. He is a contributor to the Encyclopedia of Blues and Gospel Music.

Eric S. LeBlanc is an instructor at the Victoria Conservatory of Music in Canada.

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