In the bearly part of the 20th century, Mississippi was still ultimately a slave state. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White video The Delta region had recently been cleared of wilderness, and profitable plantations had sprung up, attracting African-American workers to sharecrop. Unfortunately, Jim Crow laws were in effect that made sure these workers stayed tied to the lowest level of society. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White film Around the same time, a new form of music popped up: blues. Masters of the Country Blues - Son House and Bukka White review The blues spread through Mississippi and infected Son House and Bukkha White, now recognized as two of the form's most influential figures.
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Delta blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music. Created by black musicians who lived and worked on the farms in north Mississippi, these men and women drew on influences from church songs, prison songs, African rhythms, and early American folk traditions to fashion a new form of music. Unbeknownst to them, the music created in this relatively small area that lies between the Mississippi and Yazoo Rivers would spread the world over and shape musical history.