Detroit Blues History

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Detroit Blues History

Detroit blues originated when Delta_blues performers migrated north from the Mississippi Delta and Memphis, Tennessee, to work in industrial plants in Detroit in the 1920s and 1930s. Typical Detroit blues is similar in style to Chicago blues. Its sound is distinguished from Delta blues by the use of electric amplified instruments and more varied instrumentation, including the bass guitar and piano. The Detroit Blues scene was centered in Black Bottom/Hastings Street neighborhoods and the only Detroit blues performer to achieve national fame was John Lee Hooker , as record companies and promoters have tended to ignore the Detroit scene in favor of the larger, more influential Chicago blues.

Blues in Detroit Today

Today the Blues in Detroit is stronger then ever, thanks to The Detroit Blues Society.
The Detroit Blues Society founded in 1985 (DBS) is a registered federal 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to the preservation, education, and advancement of the blues tradition, as it relates to the Metro-Detroit area. It has as its primary goals to promote a wider appreciation for the blues by the general public and to serve the members of the Society.

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