"Blues with a feeling, that's what I have today..."
Blues Online© is an information resource whose mission is to increase awareness and appreciation of blues music and its history. The cultural influence of this music has grown far beyond its origins in the African-American experience. Blues music has profoundly influenced contemporary music from jazz to pop to reggae to country. Its influences on modern music has been felt around the world, as there are thriving blues communities in Europe and Japan. Its appeal transcends geography, ethnicity, temporal location, and economic class. Aside from the profound artistic influence the Blues has had, the story of its development has much to say historically and sociologically about American society in the twentieth century. As a well-known blues lyric goes, "If you don't like the blues, you got a hole in your soul!"
This collection is organized by musical styles based on regionality. Within each style, artists that exemplify that style presented. Brief biographies, photos, discographies, and excerpts of music of artists are presented. A selection of electronic blues resources and online bands are also presented. There is also a section of Blues poetry.
Comments and suggestions are welcome and encouraged, as well as any material that would enhance our collection. Especially welcome are photos (digital or not) and interviews and anecdotes relating to blues. We look forward to chronicling the Oklahoma blues scene as it developed in OKC and Tulsa. If you have a story, we want to hear it; if you have photos, we'd like a copy. Links to online bands are also welcome.
"When the Negro musician or dancer swings the blues, he is fulfilling the same fundamental existential requirement that determines the mission of the poet, priest, and medicine man. He is making an affirmative and hence exemplary and heroic response to that which André Malraux describes as la condition humane. Extemporizing in response to the exigencies of the situation in which he finds himself, he is confronting, acknowledging, and contending with the infernal absurdities and ever-impending frustrations inherent in the nature of all existence by playing with the possibilities that are also there."
- Albert Murray
The Omni-Americans - 1970
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