The Mississippi Delta has some of the most fertile soil in the world and became one of the richest cotton growing areas in the world which, before the American Civil War, was worker exclusively by black slaves brought over from Africa. The blues was forged on the anvil of poverty and hardship the black sharecroppers and tenant farmers had to endure. Born of the harsh, brutal conditions of life in the South, and full of pain, frustration and anger, the passionate, soulful sounds of the Delta revolutionised the sound of 20th-century music. This compilation celebrates some of its greatest exponents.
Alexis Koerner was a British blues musician and radio broadcaster, who has sometimes been referred to as "a founding father of British blues". A major influence on the sound of the British music scene in the 1960s, Korner was instrumental in bringing together various English blues musicians. Without Alexis Korner, there still might have been a British blues scene in the early 1960s, but chances are that it would have been very different from the one that spawned the Rolling Stones, nurtured the early talents of Eric Clapton, and made it possible for figures such as John Mayall to reach an audience.
The Blues Masters series, much to Rhino`s credit, adopts an expansive definition of blues, allowing the likes of Count Basie, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Muddy Waters and even Louis Prima admission. There is none of the purist`s quibbling over strict 12-bar form or the relative significance of prewar and postwar styles.
What Rhino delivers instead is the blues in all its myriad guises. This music is old and new, black and white, acoustic and electric, folksy and jazzy, performed by women and men, and yet it is all still blues at its core.
The Blues Overdrive, European Blues Awards 2015 Winners, for the years best blues album, "Clinch". “On this album we have tried to cut to the chase and get the sound as minimalistic as possible. It’s about getting into the core of the songs. We tease other genres and use fragments from tunes of old masters like Lightnin’ Hopkins and Robert Jr. Lockwood. That way we can keep within the blues tradition, but without it becoming a museum act or irrelevant in 2015.” “In blues circles too often there is too much focus on long solos and too little about the overall presentation of the songs! We are trying to avoid this the best we can!“ –Martin Olsen, Blues Overdrive
In 1998, Collectables released Burnin'/Confessin' the Blues, which contained two complete albums – Burnin' (1970, originally released on Atlantic) and Confessin' the Blues (1976, originally released on Atlantic) – by Esther Phillips on one compact disc…