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Truckin’ My Blues Away East Coast Piedmont Styles American Blues Music
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The Emergence of Regional Styles The blues styles that developed in the Southeast resulted from the changing conditions for Blacks in the late 1800s. This style would emerge, therefore, some decades after the blues had already formed as a proto-music in the Deep South (Mississipi and Louisiana) and the South West (Texas). Despite the fact that in hindsight we can see this late emergence and associate it with a specific region, at the time it was developing region probably was not a concept anyone paid attention to.
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On the East Coast, between 1890 to around 1915, racism was somewhat diminished. Like the North, the East Coast, because of its seaports, became more urbanized than places like Mississippi ever would. The Great Migration to the north, therefore, would be different on the East Coast. Cities like Atlanta, Richmond, Durham, Charlotte, Charleston would be stopping off places for Blacks coming from either further south, or from more rural environs. A modest Black middle class developed at the time that would enjoy the benefits of mail order catalogs, records and phonographs, and mail-order guitars. This would result in a much faster dissemination of musical styles on the East Coast than in the Delta, and the result was a more urbane and sophisticated form of the blues.
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Blind Blake Blake was born in Jacksonville, Florida in 1883. It is believed that his real name was Arthur Phelps but he was the consummate ragtime guitar stylist. His playing reflects was was called “three-handed” playing in that he used the thumb of his left hand as another fretting finger so as to better emulate the left hand of a piano player. Rev. Gary Davis, who never said ANYTHING complimentary about anybody’s playing always used to speak highly of Blake’s style
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Between 1926 and 1932 he recorded over 80 songs for Paramount and was, for that period, one of the most successful artists.
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