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The Story of Country Music part 3

The Story of Country Music part 3

Let’s talk about the Blues. I do understand that most of you still have the blues about the passing of Rayna James in the hitseries “Nashville” or Mister Chuck Berry. Rayna James is country music as we like it and Chuck started as a Blues artist before he kinda invented the ROCK music as we know it. It is sad, it is a dark feeling, a loss. A deep feeling.  A feeling which we know as the Blues is therefor the best kind of music there is to describe what we feel in pain. Blues music! The other opponent of our beloved Country Music.

Just like Hillbilly Blues also rised around the end of the 19th century. Combine Gospels and Spirituals, African and European music, chand it, shout it, feel it and we all know what we talk about.

Blues shuffles, bass walking, 4 chords and the groove is born. But where dit the term Blues come from? Is it the alcohol that many artist sing? Or dit it come from another origin. It is not really known. Some say it came from England around 1600, or that George Coleman used it in 1798 in his on act Bleu Devils. Or is it because of the first printed copyrighth in 1912 “Dallas Blues” by Hart Wand? I think it developed in the ages that the music and people developed.

“But I still got the blues in you…..”

Dit you know that the music played by the Toearegs tribe who live in the desert of Morocco sounds a lot like Blues? It gives an imagine of how Africa is rooted in this music. Inspiration is also found in the beloved spirituals of African Slaves and yes we do not want to talk about that horrific dark side of the history, fact is that this music inspired many many musicians who adapted the work songs as it should be! But without these work songs with the music from the tribes we would not have heard of Blues nor from Country. The gospels and spirituals arose at the end of slavery, when the freed slaves brought along the music. I cannot imagine any modern music form without it to be honest. Any form of poverty, including all sorts of labor slavery gave us folk and work songs. The songs written in those early day’s inspired many to sing, to make music or dance. A relief on hard labor or a change to tell the story. Great songs that still excist today and that gave us stars in the early day’s Ma Rainey, Bessie Smith, Louis Armstrong, Billie Holliday.
The early start of recording around 1912 made Blues very popular. But it took some years before the first Afro Ameican made a recording, Mamie Smith was the first february 1920 she recorded “That thing called love” followed by Bessie, Ma Rainey, Louis Armstrong. They where popular and loved.. Its hard to imagine these day’s but back then it gave huge problems. To stay in the gospel phrase thank God things have changed.

“Oh happy days……” “ Go tell it on the Mountains….”

Picture those freed men and women bringing along there songs from the hart while meeting up others who also made their folk music creating yet another great new sound. Country.
Jimmie Rodgers well known from his Country songs was also a Blues artist. Big Joe Turner could play for hours without repeating himself. And I must admit also that my first spoken words where not daddy or mom but “Blueberry Hill” must be genes I think.

There is so much to tell about Blues music but I am here to tell you the story of Country Music. Its a privilige to know that this music that may be simple in writing is part of it. And what sounds simple on paper is in fact a cry from out heart. And thats why many love it so much.

By Isabel Blanco

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