I recently played solo for a small party, only my second time out without a band to "lean on. I played a set of bottleneck blues, mixing some Fred McDowell, Big Joe Williams with some accustic originals in Delta style. After my set, a friend said "man that was great, I though I was down on the Mississippi, but you sound too white."
Problem is, I am too white but I love the blues and I'm gonna play and sing it. I realize that I've never lived a difficult life, I "haven't paid many dues" but I like to help the music live for my friends just as the old masters did for theirs. I this way it's real and true. Read a few rare interviews of old bluesmen and you'll find that they wanted to give us their music and style so it would live on.
True BLUES is when the performer is honest about the music and not just copying note for note, someone elses song. If it's personal and from the heart, it's the real thing, even if you're a too white suburban dweller living in the '90s
Jus my opinion. ;}