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Intro To The Delta Blues

The Delta Blues is a style of blues music that originated in the Mississippi Delta region of the U.S. It is one of the earliest known styles of blues music. The Delta blues are considered a regional iteration of country blues. Guitars and harmonicas dominate the style. Slide guitar especially is an identifying hallmark of the Delta Blues. Typical vocal styles in Delta Blues can be very soulful and reflective or raging and passionate.

The Father Of The Delta Blues

Charley Patton

Charley Patton regarded by many to be the “Father of Delta Blues” played arguable the most important role in the inception of the style. He was an incredibly versatile musician with an interesting life and background. When listening to his recordings along with prominent Delta Blues artists it is impossible not to hear his influence. You could argue that the father of Delta Blues paved the road for the “King of Delta Blues.”

The King of Delta Blues

Robert Johnson

Although his life is poorly documented, his legend is infinite. Robert Johnson is regarded as an absolute master of the blues, specifically when it comes to the Delta Blues, which is why he’s called the king of them. The most well known legend of Robert Johnson is that he sold his soul to the devil to get musical success. Along with that there are many other myths and legends that shroud his life. Especially his romantic life. If he was here now he might also be considered the King of casual encounters. Whether romantic or musically the love is real.