Red River Blues: The Blues Tradition in the Southeast
by Bruce Bastin
University of Illinois Press, 1986
Paper: 978-0-252-06521-7 | Cloth: 978-0-252-01213-6
Library of Congress Classification ML3521.B39 1986
Dewey Decimal Classification 784.5300975

Drawing on archives and interviews with musicians, Red River Blues remains an acclaimed work of blues scholarship. Bruce Bastin traces the origins of the music to the turn of the twentieth century, when African Americans rejected slave songs, worksongs, and minstrel music in favor of a potent new vehicle for secular musical expression. Bastin looks at the blues' early emerging popularity and its spread via the Great Migration, delves into a wealth of field recordings, and looks at the careers of Brownie McGhee, Blind Boy Fuller, Curly Weaver, Sonny Terry, and many other foundational artists.

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