Arlen Roth Explains The Importance of The Blues
The first thing to realize is that the blues is basically at the "root" of almost all American and Western music. The aspects of the I-IV-V changes, the 12-bar blues and the "call and response" way of phrasing both vocally as well as instrumentally is what instantly sets it apart from many other culture's musical languages.
I have found that since I grew up loving both blues as well as country music simultaneously, I really didn't see nor hear any great divide between the two. In many respects old country was really "white blues" and the influence of black blues musicians was so easily absorbed by the whites who may've been physically segregated from the blacks, but who still picked up on what they created with their musical language.
This was equally prevalent in black as well as white music, and took hold in the "Roaring '20s" when Jazz also started to become a true American phenomenon. If you look at it, Jazz is really the ultimate hybrid of all these styles, and the earliest forms were structured so much like blues as well as country, and seem to just "take it all in" in a musical, as well as cultural sense!
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