Baraka, A. (1963). Blues People: Negro Music in White America. William Morrow.

Cohn, L. (1993). Nothing but the Blues: The Music and the Musicians. Abbeville Press.

Evans, D. (2008). Big Road Blues: Tradition and Creativity in the Folk Blues. University of California Press.

Ferris, W. (2009). Give My Poor Heart Ease: Voices of the Mississippi Blues. University of North Carolina Press.

Hamilton, M. (2011). The Blues, the Whole Blues and Nothing But the Blues: The Oxford English

Dictionary and the Deep History of a Musical Genre. Oxford University Pres.

Keil, C. (1991). Urban Blues. University of Chicago Press.

Online Resources:

Delta Blues Museum. (

Living Blues Magazine. (

National Blues Museum. (

Alan Lomax, and his collections, (

The Smithsonian Institution (

YouTube Search Engine (

Universal Search Engine (

Documentaries & Films:

“The Road to Memphis.” (2003). Directed by Richard Pearce, from “Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues” series. PBS.

“The Soul of a Man.” (2003). Directed by Wim Wenders, from “Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues” series. PBS.

“I Am the Blues.” (2015). Directed by Daniel Cross.

“Georgia Blues: Blind Willie McTell” (1997) Directed by David Fulmer for Georgia Public Television and is a part of the South Georgia Folklife Collection at Valdosta State University Archives and Special Collections.

Belton Sutherland: Blues #1 (1978) Alan Lomax, and his collections, visit


Blues & Rhythm, The Gospel Truth Magazine. (Various issues).

Living Blues Magazine. (Various issues).

Personal Communications:

Interviews/Conversations with Blues musicians, historians and scholars – and maybe a few know-it-alls.

Visits to various Blues festivals and events.

Author’s notes:

Jim’s personal artistic voyage gave birth to these “Blue Notes,” a growing section of the Blues and Harmonica Summit at The Whirlybird Compound. Conceived as a deep dive into the intricate world of The Blues, “Blue Notes” mirrors the Summit’s evolution. Jim’s exploration of the roots, traditions, and game-changing artists of The Blues isn’t a solitary venture; he invites everyone to embark on this expedition with him. By fostering a collective Blues narrative, Jim envisions a space where every voice, including yours, the reader, adds depth and value to the “Blue Notes” journey. Encouraging community collaboration, the comment sections beneath his posts (excluding the introduction) serve as a communal hub for blues enthusiasts to share insights, stories, and ideas, turning an individual’s exploration of The Blues into a community’s shared odyssey.

Please add to the Blue Notes Bibliography.

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