By ARTSEDGE: The Kennedy Center's Arts Education Network
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The story of the blues travels from the coasts of Africa, through the cotton fields of the Mississippi Delta, across the hills of Appalachia, to the streets of Chicago and beyond. The roots of blues can be found in slave songs, spirituals, and field hollers of the American South; its sound can be heard in early rock-and-roll, and in today's alternative and hip hop landscapes. Journey with us to learn about the influences and impact the blues has had on musical culture, and how it has been brought to life on stage at the Kennedy Center.
||CleanGot Them Blues: A History||Work songs, spirituals, and field hollers formed the basis of blues music as it became an important sound of the American South in the early 20th century.||7 3 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Blue Melody, a Shufflin' Beat||Blues is a vocal and instrumental form of music based on the use of blue notes—a note that is sung or played at a lower pitch than the rest of the song that gives the blues its characteristic, often sad sound.||7 3 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanA Lasting Legacy||Post-Migration blues influenced early rock and roll artists and the musicians of today.||7 3 2007||Free||View in iTunes|
||CleanSpreading the Joy||The recording efforts of Alan Lomax, the rise of the commercial recording industry, and advances in recording technologies allowed blues to have a wider distribution.||7 3 2007||Free||View in iTunes|