Deep South Soundscape: Mississippi Delta Blues

Deep South Soundscape

In terms of music in the Deep South, the Blues define the region. The sound emanates from the people of the Mississippi River Delta where the ghosts of slavery haunt the cotton fields. The blues were songs of enslaved Africans and gospel hymns expressed through heartfelt moan and guitar.

Delta Blues

Furry Lewis – “Billy Lyons and Stack O’Lee” (1927)
Furry Lewis – “Why Don’t You Come Home” (1927)
Tommy Johnson – “Canned Heat Blues” (1928)
Tommy Johnson – “Big Road Blues” (1928)
Furry Lewis – “Kassie Jones” (1928)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Big Railroad Blues” (1928)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Feather Bed” (1928)
Charley Patton – “A Spoonful Blues” (1929)
Charley Patton – “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues” (1929)
Skip James – “Hard Time Killing Floor Blues” (1931)
Cannon’s Jug Stompers – “Minglewood Blues” (1933)
Big Joe Williams –“Baby Please Don’t Go” (1935)
Robert Johnson – “Sweet Home Chicago” (1937)
Robert Johnson – “Cross Road Blues” (1937)
Robert Johnson – “Hell Hound Blues” (1937)
Gatemouth Moore – “I Ain’t Mad At You Pretty Baby” (1945)
John Lee Hooker – “Crawling King Snake” (1948)
John Lee Hooker – “Boogie Chillen’” (1948)
The Five Blind Boys of Mississippi – Jesus Gave Me Water (1950)
Muddy Waters – “Rollin’ and Tumblin’” (1950)
Muddy Waters – “Honey Bee” (1951)
Elmore James – “Dust My Broom” (1951)
Howlin’ Wolf – “I’m The Wolf” (1952)
Little Walter – “Last Night” (1954)
Elvis Presley – “That’s All Right” (1954)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Baby How Long” (1954)
Muddy Waters – “(I’m Your) Hoochie Coochie Man” (1954)
Muddy Waters – “I Just Want To Make Love To You” (1954)
B.B. King – “Everyday I Have The Blues” (1955)
Bo Diddley – “Bo Diddley” (1955)
Elvis Presley – “Mystery Train” (1955)
Muddy Waters – “Mannish Boy” (1955)
Little Walter – “My Babe” (1955)
John Lee Hooker – “Dimples” (1956)
Bo Diddley – “Who Do You Love?” (1956)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Smokestack Lightning” (1956)
Sam Cooke – “You Send Me” (1957)
Sam Cooke – “Summertime” (1957)
Bo Diddley – “I’m A Man” (1957)
Mose Allison – “Parchman Farm” (1957)
Muddy Waters – “Got My Mo-Jo Working” (1957)
Elvis Presley – “Crawfish” (1958)
Sam Cooke – “You Were Made For Me” (1958)
Howlin’ Wolf – “The Red Rooster” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Shake for Me” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Wang Dang Doodle” (1959)
Bukka White – “Fixin’ To Die” (1959)
Sam Cooke – “Only Sixteen” (1959)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Spoonful” (1960)
Elmore James – “The Sky is Crying” (1960)
Howlin’ Wolf – “Back Door Man” (1960)
Bo Diddley – “Road Runner” (1960)
Elvis Presley – “Are You Lonesome Tonight” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “Chaing Gang” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “Wonderful World” (1960)
Sam Cooke – “That’s It, I Quit, I’m Movin’ On” (1961)
Sam Cooke – “Cupid” (1961)
John Lee Hooker – “Boom Boom” (1962)
Muddy Waters – “You Shook Me” (1962)
Bo Diddley – “You Can’t Judge A Book By It’s Cover” (1962)
Sam Cooke – “Bring It On Home To Me” (1962)
Sam Cooke – “Having A Party” (1962)
Sonny Boy Williamson II – “Bring It On Home” (1963)
Sam Cooke – “Another Saturday Night” (1963)
B.B. King – “How Blue Can You Get” (1964)
Howlin’ Wolf – “I Walked From Dallas” (1965)
Albert King – “Laundromat Blues” (1966)
Albert King – “Born Under a Bad Sign” (1967)
Albert King – “Crosscut Saw” (1967)
Albert King – “Cold Feet” (1968)
Albert King – “Wrapped Up In Love Again” (1969)
Albert King, Pop Staples, and Steve Cropper – “Tupelo” (1969)
B.B. King – “The Thrill Is Gone” (1970)
R.L. Burnside – “Got Messed Up” (2000)
R.L. Burnside – “Wish I Was In Heave Sitting Down” (2000)
Robert Belfour – “Black Mattie” (2000)
Junior Kimbrough – “You Better Run” (2002)
R.L. Burnside – “Someday Baby” (2004)
R.L. Burnside – “Goin’ Down South” (2004)

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Deep South Soundscape: Mississippi Delta Blues

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