- 7 years ago
Playing tracks by
James Cotton, Howlin’ Wolf, Bo Diddley, Little Walter, OTIS RUSH and more.
This mix chronicles the development of urban blues music during the first half of the twentieth century, due to the "Great Migration," when black workers moved from the South to the industrial cities of the North, such as Chicago and Detroit. Over time, blues musicians who had settled into these cities began to amplify their instruments, making their harmonicas louder with microphones and instrument amplifiers, while also adding electrically-amplified guitar and bass, as well as drums, piano, saxophones, and other horns. This era gave birth to legends like Howlin' Wolf, Robert Nighthawk, Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, James Cotton, Little Walter, Elmore James, Johnny Shines, and many of the other musicians included in this collection.