Welcome to earlyblues.com, at
nearly fourteen years old one of the longest running continuously updated blues sites on the
you will find a vast range of blues material: the 'UK & European Blues
Guide', UK & US blues festival photographs and reviews, blues tours and gigs,
artist and band interviews, the history of the blues in essays and articles,
research projects, reference lists,
recommended blues books, CDs, DVDs, and blues radio stations, travelogues,
general blues news items, a blues shopping mall, blues recipes, blues
resting places, links to other blues sites, discussion forums and
guestbook views. There are well over 1,000 web pages and over 10,000 images, so be sure to visit often as the site is updated very
frequently with a huge amount of material to add.
Looking for a specific blues
artist or band, check this out first:
Blues Artists & Bands Index - indexing artists & bands
featured on the 'Earlyblues' website,
or try Blues Festival Photos for a
list of past blues festivals, or try
The NewsStand -
all sorts of snippets from the blues world.
Otherwise browse the main Noticeboards listed below - each giving the latest
updates by category or the 'Early
Blues Treasure Trove' of
miscellaneous links to all other sections of the website. I've also provided 'seasoned' visitors with the
eight key links above. Happy browsing!
If your interest is in the history of the blues
check out the
Blues History section where you will find
interesting essays and articles, the
section where you will find long term research projects (including
reference to the new sister website
'Underground Railroad') and the
Recommended Blues Books
section where you will find seminal works
available on various media.
If your interest is in the history of Gospel Music:
"The Half Ain't Never Been
"The story of the blues is
a story that has been told a number of times ... as far as black music
as a whole is concerned it is a half-story. This emphasis has drawn
attention away from other important vocal traditions, particularly the
sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and
Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and
of the 'jack-leg' preachers and evangelists".
- Paul Oliver, Songsters and Saints - Vocal Traditions on
Race Records, Cambridge University Press, 1984.
a look at the sister
www.earlygospel.com specialising in early gospel music
and especially lesser known singers, from
the spirituals and sacred songs in the 1870s through the evolution of
gospel music to the end of WW II.
Earlyblues.com and Earlygospel.com
These are the Noticeboards of the latest additions to each category of the
Click on the
green Noticeboard title to take you to the details pages
sorts of news snippets from the blues world: latest CD releases,
upcoming tours and much more ...
UK & European Blues Festivals Guide
- as at 16/04/14
2013 UK & European Blues Festivals Guide
see who was where last year, and
Blues Festivals Archive - see who
was where in previous years
UK Festivals Photo Galleries
- photos &
Colne Great British
Rhythm & Blues Festival,
Bangor on Dee Blues & Real Ale Festival,
Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival, Skegness Rock & Blues Festival,
Carlisle Blues Rock Festival,
Maryport Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival,
more coming soon
UK, US & European Blues Festivals
- photos & reviews of
festivals over recent years
The King Biscuit Festival, Helena, Arkansas
2013 - photos and review by Pete Evans
Blues Festivals Archive -
links to all festival photo galleries
contained on the website
Youngblood Hart, King King, Simon McBride, Larry McCray,
Michael Roach, Erja Lyytinen,
Paul Rodgers and Deborah Bonham Band,
Chris Farlowe & The Norman Beaker Band, Ben Waters,
Mick Taylor, Ronnie Wood, Charlie Watts, Bill
Wyman, Jools Holland,
Mick Hucknell, and the
US Section with reviews of Taj Mahal, BB King and
with more coming soon ...
"Keepin' Live Music Alive" - the latest information on
selected blues clubs, forums, lectures and courses, with
photos and interviews from visiting artists,
including details of the next Lancaster Blues Forum ...
recent interviews are with
Ruby Turner, Swampcandy, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Tommy Allen & Johnny
Danny Handley, Chris
Powers, Ian Siegal, Larry McCray,
Sugar Ray Norcia, Tom Doughty,
Mud Morganfield, Paddy Milner & The Big Sounds,
Lisa Mills, Ian Jennings,
Alan Nimmo, Dave Arcari,
more soon including
Paul Jones, Gerry McAvoy, Mick Gallagher,
NOTICEBOARD: ESSAYS, ARTICLES,
TRIBUTE PROJECTS AND TALKS
Island Road Blues
(Nonsense & Robert Johnson)
by Max Haymes
Tracing The Origins Of
Blues Back To English And Irish Folksong In The Eighteenth Century
- by Max Haymes
"Mule, Get Up In The Alley"
'Blues Artists & Their Instruments' -
blues guitar guide by
"I Need-A Plenty Grease In My Frying Pan"
(Roots & Influences of Vaudeville & Rural Blues: 1919-1940)
by Max Haymes
Alabama Blues - by Billy Hutchinson
The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of the
Blues - "This Is Where the Soul of Man Never Dies."
- an updated collection of articles on Poetry and the Blues
of an Interactive Robert Johnson Blues Tribute Park in Robert's
Birth Town of Hazlehurst Mississippi to be built by The Robert
Johnson Blues Foundation working with Robert Johnson's family.
- Essay relating to Solomon Northup, 12 Years a Slave.
Now if your interest is the history of Gospel Music check out the full list of
on the sister website
articles in our long term research project
Slave To The Blues:
Slave To The Blues
- Coffles and the Auction Block
- by Max Haymes
introducing the new sister website
www.undergroundrailroad.org.uk currently being developed to give an
insight into the Underground Railroad movement during American slavery
blues related Books/CDs/DVDs/Movies/Radio Stations/On-line Blues
articles and essays on trips to the 'Land Where The Blues Began'
© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved
. "Where the Southern Crosses the Yellow
"Where the Southern Crosses The Yellow Dog"
The junction of the Yellow Dog (the Yazoo Delta Railroad, now the
Columbus & Greenville) running west and east
and the old Southern
Railroad (the Illinois Central) running north and south.
© Copyright 2008 Alan
White. All Rights Reserved
is the original 'Early Blues' Website,
in October 2000 by
and regularly developed since then with a vast range
of excellent material which I hope you enjoy. Many thanks for contributions
from renowned blues historian, author, radio DJ, lecturer and 'blues
acoustic blues guitarist and blues guitar researcher
acoustic delta blues guitarist and gravestones expert
Courtland Bresner, photographer
Paul Webster, blues
Midlands reviewer and 'blues brother'
North East reviewer
Ian Zirins, photographer
Steve Smith, drummer/photographer/reviewer
musician, poet, author, pub landlord and teller of tales Ray
Smith, US reviewer
Kirk Lang and a warm
welcome to our latest
Richardson. I really do appreciate all your help.
is to broaden awareness
and understanding of the origins of
blues music and to encourage and support live
blues music - 'keeping the blues alive'. To do
produce and publish blues articles and essays
books, DVDs, films and Internet based blues radio
promote and support UK blues festivals (with reviews and
interview blues artists and bands
encourage budding blues artists and
associated blues societies and blues magazines
maintain this website (incorporating
all of the above and the side panel)
For the most
recent updates see the Noticeboards above.
Alan White - earlyblues.com
For the record: this is an
educational website and
no content may be copied for commercial use (see
copyright notice). If in doubt, email me
All the work maintaining this site is completely voluntary (with no
financial support whatsoever) coz' we're passionate about the blues and we
want to keep the blues alive!
Earlyblues website 'Treasure Trove' (click on a link to discover some gems):
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updated on 16 April 2014
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