Mississippi Delta Blues

The biographical details are often sketchy, but the music of Charley Patton, Robert Johnson, Son House, John Hurt, and scores of other Delta blues artists is gloriously rich, nuanced, and instantly recognizable. Thanks to the miracle of recording, the sounds of Mississippi's early 20th century African-American culture are alive to the entire world. Here's a collection of articles for today's blues exponents and aficionados, including a review of essential reading for blues fans. 



Mississippi John Hurt with guitar drinking coffee

Video Lesson: Play Like Mississippi John Hurt

Although John Hurt’s style and repertoire are often imitated, his guitar sound is hard to duplicate. In this lesson, Steve James teaches you how to play like Mississippi John Hurt.