The blues is one of the most unique and recognizable forms of American music and that will be on full display tomorrow night at the 10th Annual Freedman’s Colony Blues Jam in the COA auditorium at Manteo.
Tracing its roots back to the slaves who were brought to southern plantations through the 18th and 19th centuries, it’s exact history is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. Elements of the style of songs West African tribes sang were a part of very first songs created by African Americans living in the south, but the music quickly outgrew or expanded beyond its origins.
Although banjo was a part of the very earliest forms of the music, by the turn of the 20th century the guitar had become the primary instrument of musicians. Still in its infancy at that time, eyewitness accounts record the beginnings of the classic chords of the blues and the repetitive use of a catch line.
The blues have come a long way since that time–and in its modern form its more a merging of jazz and rock with a traditional sound that creates 21st century music.