One of the earliest styles of the blues, “Delta Blues” originated in the Mississippi River delta, a region of the United States that has long been known for its inhabitants’ poverty. Delta blues is a stripped down and straightforward yet powerful variant of country blues. Many Delta Blues guitarists played “slide guitar,” which involves a guitar player using a broken bottleneck or steel cylinder and sliding it up and down the length of a guitar’s strings to create a smooth sound. Hear Charley Patton “Scremin an Hollerin’ de Blues,” channeling the power of the Delta into his voice and guitar.
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