South Carolina Blues (Images Of America)
South Carolina Blues (Images of America)
The history of South Carolina blues is a long, deep—and sometimes painful—story. However, it is a narrative with aspects as compelling as the music itself. Geographical differences in America led to variations in the styles of music that developed from African rhythms. The wet, marshy landscape and hot, muggy weather of the Carolina Lowcountry combined to cultivate not only rice, but a Gullah-based style of South Carolina blues. In drier climates, toward the Midlands and the Upstate, the combination of European influences led to the emergence of Piedmont blues, which in turn spawned country music as well as bluegrass. Those same Gullah roots resulted in four major dance crazes, starting with the Charleston.
"Clair DeLune's photographic research has unearthed some priceless gems, tracing the evolution of blues from its roots in African music and slave life on Southern plantations to the biracial blues festivals, concerts and jams held all over South Carolina these days. Incisive and detailed annotations bring the story to life. A lot of unsung heroes are given their due, and the SC roots of various figures I'd never realized were from the state - including Rev. Gary...