Featured on the 'Backtracking' Production
Listed are the regular features we do on the 'Backtracking' production, and a few more beside, not all at once of course. Join us each and every week as we go 'Backtracking' to the 'Roots of the Blues' track the show and/or download from our index page.
Mississippi hill country blues
... also known as North Mississippi hill country blues or North Mississippi blues is a regional style of country blues. It is characterised by a strong emphasis on rhythm and percussion, steady guitar riffs, few chord changes, unconventional song structures, and heavy emphasis on the "groove", which has been characterised as the "hypnotic boogie".

Appalachian blues
The "mountain cousin" of Delta blues, Appalachian blues has the stamp of a distinctive regional blend of European and African styles and sounds born at the cultural crossroads of railroad camps, mines, and rural settlements.
The Blues Shack
What if we were to say that back in the 20's / 30's there were blues artists with names like 'Little Hat Jones', 'Funny Papa Smith', 'Papa Egg Shell' ... Would you believe me? - Well there was, the deeper you go the more you find, artists who never really became prominent, possibly only cut one or two tracks and then disappeared into obscurity. Sadly, there are many of them, they are the 'Roots of the Blues' and mustn't be forgotten either, at PD Productions they won't be
Listen, as the lady sings the blues
Featuring the legendary artists from the earliest blues, Bessie Smith, Ethel Waters, Mississippi Matilda and so many more. Their voices 'talk' to us of the blues from way back to where it all began. The 'Roots of the Blues'
Join the Gospel Blues Train
Gospel blues are a form of blues-based gospel music that has been around since the inception of blues music. It combines evangelistic lyrics with blues instrumentation, often with a blues guitar accompaniment. Possibly fair to say, led by The Reverend Gary Davis. Join the early 21st century gospel revival to the glory of God.
Featured artist of the week
Your chance to find out a little more about some of the more obscure and even forgotten blues artists from the mists of time, people like Funny Papa Smith, Little Hat Jones, Hank Kilroy and so many others .. yes, they really did exist and they did lay down the earliest blues.
Down Home Blues - 1943 to 1959
Country blues (also folk blues, rural blues, backwoods blues, or down home blues) is one of the earliest forms of blues music. The mainly solo vocal with acoustic fingerstyle guitar accompaniment developed in the rural Southern United States in the early 20th century. Artists such as Blind Lemon Jefferson, Charley Patton, Blind Willie McTell were among the first to record blues songs in the 1920s. Country blues ran parallel to urban blues, popular in cities.
Prison work songs
Prison work songs, field hollers, call and response stems from the oral tradition of African music. These songs were performed in this instance by prisoners as they worked in the fields, on the roads, in the ditches and during worship or at other gatherings for entertainment. Listen to these songs, if they aren't the blues, the blues don't exist.
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