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Welcome Blues Lovers!
The Detroit Blues Society (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit
organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the
blues tradition. It has as its primary
goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to
serve the members of the Society. DBS provides members with the monthly
newsletter Blues Notes. This serves to inform members and the general public
regarding relevant news, schedules of upcoming events and profiles on our
members. DBS schedules free blues jam sessions, usually on the second Saturday
of each month (January-May and September-December), arranges discounts on
merchant sponsored merchandize, discounted event tickets and administers an
Detroit Blues Society
Members are encouraged to support the Society in its many activities and are
welcome to attend DBS Board meetings. DBS also welcomes personal donations and
Have questions? Need information? Have interest in joining one of the volunteer
activities? Have comments, suggestion, additions or corrections to the web
information? Please let us hear from you.
The blues has deep roots in American history, particularly African-American
history. The blues originated on Southern plantations in the 19th Century. Its
inventors were slaves, ex-slaves and the descendants of slaves—African-American
sharecroppers who sang as they toiled in the cotton and vegetable fields. It's
generally accepted that the music evolved from African spirituals, African
chants, work songs, field hollers, rural fife and drum music, revivalist hymns,
and country dance music.
The blues grew up in the Mississippi Delta just upriver from New Orleans.
Blues didn't spread out significantly from the South to the Midwest until the
1930s and '40s. Once the Delta blues made their way up the Mississippi to urban
areas, the music evolved into electrified Chicago blues, other regional blues
styles, and various jazz-blues hybrids. A decade or so later the blues gave
birth to rhythm 'n blues and rock 'n roll.
Well-known blues pioneers from the 1920s such as Son House, Blind Lemon
Jefferson, Leadbelly, Charlie Patton and Robert Johnson usually performed solo
with just a guitar. Occasionally they teamed up with one or more fellow bluesmen
to perform in the plantation camps, rural juke joints, and rambling shacks of
the Deep South. Blues bands may have evolved from early jazz bands, gospel
choirs and jug bands. Jug band music was popular in the South until the 1930s.
Early jug bands variously featured jugs, guitars, mandolins, banjos, kazoos,
stringed basses, harmonicas, fiddles, washboards and other everyday appliances
converted into crude instruments.
When the country blues moved to the cities and other locales, it took on various
regional characteristics. Hence the St. Louis blues, the Memphis blues, the
Louisiana blues, the Chicago blues, the Detroit blues, etc. Bluesmen such as
John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters electrified the blues and added drums and piano
in the late 1940s.
for all you do for
keeping the Blues growing."
Bill Wax, Proprietor of Low-Fi's Bar and Pool Hall
on XM Radio Channel 74