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Blues is a very important type of music Most music that you hear today has some form of blues in it If it wasnt for the blues there wouldnt be any rock and roll country rap pop or jazz Blues is also important for African American culture African Americans were also the people who started the blues The Blues started in the late 1800s in levee camps or plantations in places like Mississippi Louisiana and Texas were many African Americans lived The blues of that time was called country blues It was a mixture of African music field hollers work songs religious music and ragtime The main influence of blues music was African music which has a strong and steady beat using drums or other instruments Its beat and singing showed in the blues Work songs and field hollers were an influence on blues They were mostly made up as the musicians were singing They were a mixture of story telling and talking with a definite call and response Religious music was very important in forming blues music Because most blacks went to Christian churches from an early age and were exposed to Christian hymns Ragtime was an influence that came later and is a faster blues played with the piano and someone singing which was usually played in bars called barrel houses The first country blues that was written and published was Memphis Blues by WC Handy in the early 1900s The first recorded blues was Crazy Blues by Mamie Smith in 1915 Most country blues were played with an acoustic guitar and with someone singing It also has a definite call and response between the voice and guitar Guitars were used because they had a broad range of notes they were portable affordable and they were permitted by slave owners at that time The slave owners didnt permit drums
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