Willie Dixon is Sittin’ and Cryin’

“Chicago blues” developed in the early part of the 20th century during the “Great Migration,” when African-Americans from the south–including some from Mississippi who played Delta blues–moved to northern cities like Chicago in search of work. While early Chicago blues musicians played their acoustic guitars and harmonicas on street corners, South Side clubs (that mainly catered to African-Americans) invited them to perform inside and added microphones and amplification so large crowds could hear them; soon, North Side musicians and audiences “discovered” blues and a thriving, highly commercial scene developed. Let’s enjoy “Sittin and Cryin” performed by Chicago blues legend, Willie Dixon.