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Elmore James

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...As an electric guitar and blues innovator, Elmore James’s influence transcended his genre and generation. Born Elmore Brooks into a field hand family in Holmes County, Mississippi in 1918, James began making music at age twelve by playing...

Jackson, MS

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume IV : Locations: North America

Continuum, 2016

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...Population: 184,256 (2000) Jackson is Mississippi’s sole large city and is also the state capital. Due east of Vicksburg and on the Pearl River, it is technically outside the Mississippi Delta. In the eighteenth century...

Delta Blues

Paul Oliver

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Located in the northern part of the state of Mississippi, the Delta is not the true river delta but an area covering 20 counties defined by the meeting of the Yazoo and Mississippi rivers. The term ‘ Delta blues’ refers to the blues...

Blues

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Bloomsbury Encyclopedia of Popular Music of the World Volume VIII : Genres: North America

The Continuum International, 2012

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...Blues is an African-American musical genre which arose in the southern United States around the beginning of the twentieth century. With ragtime, jazz and gospel music it was part of a rich growth in African-American musical...