This website, ‘Earlyblues.org’ , has been created to replace the History Section of the original Earlyblues.com website and is dedicated to the history and evolution of the Blues as an on-line information resource including essays and articles, cultural aspects, exhibitions, presentations, courses, talks, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books, blues resting places, and links to other blues sites. There is a separate detailed section of British Blues including a synopsis and links to the ‘EarlyBlues’ archives of 160+ British blues festival photographic galleries and reviews over the past 20 years.
All to be found by browsing the above tabs.
All parts of the original History Section of Earlyblues.com are being re-created here and continuously enhanced in a new more manageable and presentable format together with extended content, especially on the History of British Blues.
This website is the appointed custodian of the UKBlues Federation’s British Blues Archive material which is incorporated in the British Blues section.
Also welcoming new contributors to the British Blues section, Stevie King from the British Blues Archive website and Keith Woods from ‘Tales From The Woods’ magazine and roots music networking group.
Details of these three organisations are given on the Acknowledgments page.
Listed below is a synopsis of the content of the website (as per the tabs above):
Essays – in-depth essays covering all aspects of the blues
Articles – articles, directories, image and photo galleries, memorabilia, and rarities covering all aspects of the blues and related topics
Culture – blues in Art, Poetry, Film, TV, Theatre, plus blues guitar tutorials, etc.
Exhibitions – exhibitions, photographic galleries, courses, presentations, documentaries and talks
British Blues – concentrating specifically on all aspects of the history of British Blues
Research – research projects and related Internet links, etc.
Reference – books, magazines, radio, websites, internet links and other recommended reference material and sources.
Thanks – thanks and recognition of the contributions and help received in creating and maintaining this website
Contact – contact details for readers, researchers and contributors
– all interspersed with relevant photographs, images, quotations and links, changing over time.
For those readers unfamiliar with ‘the Blues’ it may be helpful to first read my article ‘What Is The Blues?’ then browse through the website and enjoy!
To put this EarlyBlues.org website in context it is part of the ‘Early Music’ group comprising:
Probably the longest continuously running blues ‘information resource’ websites on the Internet comprising a vast range of blues material published over a 20 year period: the ‘UK and European Blues Festival Guide’, photographic galleries and reviews of blues festivals, blues tours and gigs, artist and band interviews, recommended blues magazines CDs, DVDs, and radio stations, travelogues, general blues news items, a blues shopping mall, blues recipes, blues resting places, social media, discussion forums and guestbook views.
This website (i.e. the current website) runs in parallel to www.earlyblues.com and replaces the original History Section, being entirely dedicated to the history and evolution of the Blues in essays and articles, cultural aspects, exhibitions, presentations, courses, talks, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books, blues resting places, and links to other historical blues websites. There is a separate detailed section of British Blues ( http://earlyblues.org/british-blues/ ) including an archive of over 160 blues festival photographic galleries and reviews going back some 20 years (http://earlyblues.org/british-blues-events-festivals/ ). This is now the main ‘EarlyBlues’ historical website of blues material.
This is the sister website to ‘Earlyblues.com’, specialising in early gospel music and particularly lesser known singers and groups, from the spirituals and sacred songs in the 1870s through the evolution of gospel music to the end of WW II. The website provides an introduction to the history and evolution of gospel music. It includes the origins of gospel music, a chronology of key dates and significant events, influential churches in the American south, bibliographical summaries of preachers and their congregations / ‘jack-leg’ preachers and evangelists / gospel singers, essays and articles specialising in early gospel music, research projects, a discography including key recordings, a bibliography of key reference literature, and a list of Internet resources used for reference and further research.
This website is dedicated to the history of original early Rhythm & Blues (R&B) music emanating from the blues and gospel music traditions from the early 40’s to the early 70’s incorporating its early derivatives Rock and Roll, Soul, Funk, Doo wop, British R&B, New Orleans R&B, Reggae and Ska. The website is an educational information resource and acts as the custodian of unique and exclusive historical material of the R&B music genre and its derivatives.
The website documents the anti-slavery Underground Railroad movement including the origins of the underground railroad, a chronology of key dates and significant events, influential people, locations and associated events, themes, essays and articles specialising in the underground railroad, musical influences, research projects, a bibliography of key reference literature, a discography including key recordings, and Internet website references. The website reflects a key factor of the social environment in the early development of blues and gospel music genres.
This website has been built to replace the original 20 year old Earlyblues.com History Section and is entirely dedicated to the history and evolution of the Blues. It is being continuously developed and enhanced, re-creating the old format content into a new more manageable and presentable format together with extended content. To keep each section as complete as possible there will be links to the old format where the material has not yet been re-formatted. When this is the case please click the back button or just close the page to return to this new format website.