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Bessie Jones on early blues

GUEST,Joseph Scott 27 Mar 15 - 02:29 PM
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Subject: Bessie Jones on early blues
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 27 Mar 15 - 02:29 PM

Bessie Jones: "You know when the first blues come out?"
Alan Lomax: "Sure."
Bessie: "When?"
Alan: "About 1890."
Bessie: "Oh, no, you're not talking about no blues. They had rags and reels.... 'Don't you leave me here [... leave a dime for beer]," all that was called reels."


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Subject: RE: Bessie Jones on early blues
From: GUEST,Joseph Scott
Date: 27 Mar 15 - 02:52 PM

Also interviewed by Alan Lomax, Texas Gladden (born about 1894) of Virginia thought blues music had come in shortly before she got married, which was in 1912; her brother Hobart (born 1897) thought it was later than that, pointed out that blues songs weren't the really old songs, and agreed with Alan's suggestion that the railroad had brought blues music to their area.


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Subject: RE: Bessie Jones on early blues
From: GUEST
Date: 15 Apr 15 - 02:06 PM

John Hurt could remember some songs he was excited about as of about 1902, such as "Hop Joint," and they weren't blues. He learned blues songs by 1914 at the latest.

Leadbelly could remember the first songs he learned when he took up guitar in about 1903, and they were not blues.

Mance Lipscomb could remember the songs his father was playing in about 1903, and none of them were blues. Mance used "reels" to describe the songs of that era.

Skip James recalled that he had never heard of "blues" music as of about 1910.

Gary Davis recalled that he first heard blues in 1910.


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