As a genre, blues music was developed at the beginning of the twentieth century by rural black musicians. They shaped it with brilliant inspiration from disparate elements of black song. by the early 1920's, recorded urban performers solidified the standard three-verse, 12 bar meter structure that has identified most blues. Fortunately during that same period, there were recorded musicians who grew up with the blues and whose guitar-styles were more fluid and improvisational. They played with a personal adaptation of their regional style, shaping blues and related material to their own needs and those of their audience.
Tracklisting: MANCE LIPSCOMB 1. Silver City MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT 2. Spike Driver HENRY TOWNSEND 3. Cairo Blues SON HOUSE 4. Death Letter Blues REVEREND GARY DAVIS 5. Children Of Zion BIG BILL BROONZY 6. Worried Man Blues 7. Hey, Hey 8. How You Want It Done 9. John Henry 10. Blues In E ROBERT PETE WILLIAMS 11. Mamie BROWNIE MCGHEE 12. Don't Kid Me JOSH WHITE 13. Jelly Jelly SON HOUSE 14. I Had A Woman In hughes MANCE LIPSCOMB 15. Angel Child MISSISSIPPI JOHN HURT 16. You're Going To Walk That Lonesome Valley Blues REV. GARY DAVIS 17. Death Don't Have No mercy BONUS: JOHN JEREMY'S FILM 18. Blues Like Showers Of Rain