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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