Backtracking to the 'Roots of the Blues'

Back as far as the 1920's and beyond. These are the artists from the earliest days of the blues. Some of them sound strange these days and in many cases, by todays standards, almost amateur, but these are the 'Roots' from legendary artists all those years ago, where the blues came from.

Find out much more about 'Backtracking' how you can get involved and even get it uploaded to you weekly to be streamed on your radio station free.

On this page is a list of some of the features and the music you can hear on this production, how you can get involved and even get it uploaded to you weekly to be streamed on your radio station free. Just enjoy, or if you wish, 'Get the Blues'


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.
 
Swamp Blues
Swamp blues is a type of Louisiana blues that developed in the Black communities of Southwest Louisiana in the 1950s. It incorporates influences from other genres, particularly zydeco and Cajun. Its most successful artists included Slim Harpo and Lightnin' Slim, who enjoyed national rhythm and blues hits within this genre.
 
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.
 
 
Zydeco Blues
Zydeco is a Blues music genre that evolved in southwest Louisiana by French Creole speakers. It blends blues, rhythm and blues, and music indigenous to the Louisiana. Although it is distinct in origin from the Cajun music of Louisiana, the two forms influenced each other, forming a complex of genres native to the region.
 
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.
 
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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