March 26, 2021

Birth of the Blues:

From Africa to the Mississippi.  From Plantation to

Juke Joint.  Great Sounds.  Great Players

 

It is astonishing to think that a roots music form that evolved from the field hollers and spirituals of African-American workers over 100 years ago, is still alive and thriving today.

 

African slaves brought their musical traditions with them when they were transported to the North American colonies. Slaves sang work songs on the plantations and spirituals in church. These musical styles laid the foundation for the Blues. Most early Blues musicians were descended from slaves. A solo singer would be accompanied on guitar or piano sometimes with the addition of  harmonica or drums.

Delta Blues:

Originating in the Mississippi Delta in the 1920s, this was one of the earliest styles of blues music.  It was popularised by Bessie Smith and Robert Johnson. The area was particularly poverty stricken; plantation owners keeping their workers in harsh conditions. Traditional songs were handed down by word of mouth and old lyrics adapted and turned into new ones. Guitar and harmonica accompanied vocals as they were easy to carry.

Famous Players:

Harmonicas have a long association with the Blues with many illustrious players:- Big Walter Horton, Sonny Boy Williamson1, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Big Mama Thornton, Snooky Pryor, George Smith. Lead Belly and Blind Lemon Jefferson to name but a few.

Sonny Boy Williamson II (1912-1965)

Most famous among Blues Harp players are Little Walter and Sonny Boy Williamson II. Sonny Boy II  played his harp with fierce tenderness and soul.  From intense wailing through to a mournful tremolo, his soaring, swooping notes sum up the Blues. 

Little Walter (1930-1968)

Born Marion Walter Jacobs in Marksville, Louisiana, he is credited with inventing Chicago Blues Harp pioneering a sound never before imagined. Little Walter went electric’ transforming the humble mouth organ into a blaring ‘Mississippi saxophone’. He perfected the sound of unadulterated Blues played through a mic and amp for a raw, distorted, gritty, phat sound.    

Chicago Blues Harmonica Effects Pedal.

If the legacy of Little Walter’s ‘Holy Grail’ Blues sound is what you’ve been striving for, your dream is about to be realised. The Kinubi PSV harmonica effects pedal can raise your sound to new heights helping you reach another level.  The PSV brings you closer to that authentic sound than individual pedals have ever been able to do, letting you reproduce the sleazy, Chicago sound you’ve been searching for. With your technique and the  PSV you can recreate the  smokin’, scorchin’ sound from the Juke joints of the 1930’s.

Eric Clapton called the Blues ‘a very powerful drug’. Prepare to become addicted to the sound of Chicago Blues delivered to you  through  your  PSV  harp pedal.

For more information visit  www.kinubiaudio.com

 



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