Mother of the Blues

Around the turn of the 20th century, guitar-based music with hard livin’-based lyrics developed in several parts of America’s South. Ny the 1920s, African-American artists like W.C. Handy found themselves as the torchbearers of a new genre, performed by African-Americans and mainly marketed to African-Americans, though, through a revolutionary new medium radio, the music became accessible to everyone. One of the earliest blues musicians — and most dynamic performers of all time — was Ma Rainey, “Mother of the Blues.” Enjoy this recording of Ma Rainey singing “Prove it On Me Blues.”