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On this page you will find:
- the Blues History Noticeboard, comprising links to Blues Essays, Articles, Poetry, Art, Tribute Projects and Talks, followed by
- the Blues Research Noticeboard, comprising details and links to blues research projects and links to associated websites, followed by
- the Blues Books Noticeboard, comprising links to recommended blues books, CDs, Movies, DVDs and on-line radio links, followed by
- the Blues Travelogues Noticeboard, comprising links to photo galleries, articles and essays on trips to the 'Land Where The Blues Began'
- all interspersed with relevant photographs, images and quotations.
Alternatively, click on the above buttons for all major sections of the website or click here for the main menu or click Early Blues Treasure Trove of miscellaneous links to all other sections of the website.


Quote for earlyblues.com from Paul Oliver
(one of the world's leading authorities and writer on the history of the blues):
"Alan, congratulations on your Website Blues, sincerely, Paul Oliver"
See Interview with Paul Oliver



Click the Blues Roots logo to browse essays, articles, tales, talks, books, poetry and everything else blues history related....

Click the Exhibitions logo for photo galleries of Blues Photographic Exhibitions including details of the artists, the photos and the background to the exhibition themes

Coming soon: details of a new Robert Johnson Blues Tribute Park
in Robert's birth town of Hazlehurst Mississippi to be built by
The Robert Johnson Blues Foundation working with Robert's family.
Click the Blues Poetry logo for a collection of articles relating to Blues Poetry, the Poets and Poetry about the Blues and Blues Artists.
Click the Blues Art logo for collections of Artists, Illustrators and Sculptors of the Blues and links to their websites.
Click the logo for the 'Blues Artists and Their Instruments Guide' by Dai Thomas.
Coming soon: a photo gallery of Masters of the Blues - a collection of photographs and details of iconic artists I have had the pleasure in photographing, meeting and occasionally interviewing.
Coming soon: a photo gallery of rare blues vinyl record album covers - personal collections, including details of labels, artists and additional notes about the recordings.
Click the logo to see a full list of essays and articles on the History of Gospel Music on the sister website www.earlygospel.com .
Click the Roots Español logo to browse a selection of blues essays translated into Spanish.
Click the logo for the 'Blues Memories' section where I invite you, the reader, to tell me how you first 'discovered' the blues.

Click the logo to see the Archive of Mississippi Max Haymes's Blues Club Posters.
Coming soon: a collection of blues related cartoons, jokes and humorous images.
Click the logo to see an impressive Blues Collage by Colin McNeill.

Click the logo for the European Blues Association (EBA) website.
The EBA, incorporating the 'Archive of African American Music',  is an educational organisation established in 1999 to promote African American music in its many forms and provide educational activities for young people and adults. The EBA encourages research into the music and its cultural heritage. In partnership with the University of Gloucestershire it facilitates the study and discussion of issues related to the development of Black Music and its relationships with pop music and culture.

Click the logo for the British Blues Archive (BBA) website.
The BBA is a registered charity which archives the history, musicians, the venues and the instruments that make up British Blues.


© Copyright 2013 Gill Smith. All Rights Reserved.
Bessie Smith - A Painting by Gill Smith
© Copyright 2013 Gill Smith. All Rights Reserved.


Check out: Slave To The Blues (Coffles and the Auction Block - Slave Roots of the Blues)
This article is part of a far larger work ('Slave To The Blues') which seeks to focus on the secular roots of the Blues back in slavery times in the USA. 
Slave To The Blues is a long term collaborative project between Max Haymes, Rex Haymes, Robin Andrews, Dai Thomas and Alan White, where we intend to highlight the non-religious music of the African American before 1865.
Check out: The Underground Railroad
- a new sister website currently under development which will give an
insight into the Underground Railroad movement during American slavery times, incorporating a collection of references to seminal works together with personal material and anecdotes. The website will include the origins of the underground railroad, a chronology of key dates and significant events, influential people, locations and associated events, essays and articles specialising in the underground railroad, research projects, a bibliography of key reference literature, a discography of related music and video, and Internet website references.

From the essay:
Slave To The Blues (Coffles and the Auction Block - Slave Roots of the Blues)


© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Updated: Blues Internet Magazines
Streaming the Blues - Worldwide Blues Radio on the Internet
Updated: Recommended Blues Books - Blues, Gospel, Zydeco and R&B
Highly recommended
: Michael Gray's excellent book:
HAND ME MY TRAVELIN' SHOES: In Search of Blind Willie McTell + Reviews 
Check out JSP Records for the Leroy Carr and Ma Rainey 'Mother of the Blues' 5 CD box sets - both sets compiled and annotated by Max Haymes
Check out:
A mammoth series of blues CDs from Masked Marvel Records:
Voice of The Blues:
Blues & Gospel of the African American  Vols 1-5 available now 
Check out:
Red Lick Records New catalogue now available. 
Check out:
Cadillac Records movie - the rise of Chess Records & its artists - Wow!

Check out: Info about a UK documentary: Gettin' the Blues
Check out some Blues Video Clips (awesome!)

Check out details of Michael Gray's award-winning Book


Mural, Leland, Mississippi © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.
Mural, Leland, Mississippi © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Plaque painted at the side of the Mural
© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Quote for earlyblues.com from Dick Waterman
(Photographer, Blues Promoter, Author, and the only non-performer in the Blues Hall of Fame):
"All blues fans are grateful for your wonderful www.earlyblues.com - a most captivating resource for blues fans"  


The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of the Blues - "This Is Where the Soul of Man Never Dies."
       - by
Terry Messman

Annual Road Trip to the Mississippi Delta in 4 fascinating episodes!
       - by
Keith Murphy, with complementary photos by Alan White
'Deep South Early Blues travelogue' : Memphis thru to Clarksdale
Down The Dirt Road (travelling the Southern States) by Courtland Bresner - in 5 instalments:
              Down The Dirt Road (Part 1)
Down The Dirt Road (Part 2)
Down The Dirt Road (Part 3)
                   Down The Dirt Road (Part 4)
              Down The Dirt Road (Part 5)

Coming soon...

1 -
'Deep South Country Blues, Plantations and New Orleans Jazz' :
        Mississippi, Arkansas, Louisiana and Tennessee
        (including Memphis, Helena, Clarksdale, Vicksburg, Natchez, New Orleans, Jackson and Nashville)
2 -
'Piedmont/East Coast Blues and the Civil Rights Movement' :
        Georgia, South Carolina, Tennessee and Alabama
        (including Atlanta, Macon, Savannah, Charleston, Chattanooga, Birmingham and Montgomery)
3 -
'Urban Blues, Chicago and Route 66' :
        Illinois, Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Texas, New Mexico, Arizona and California
The Chicago Blues Festival
and Route 66 oddities)
4 -
'Hillbilly Country, The Blues Ridge Mountains, The Underground Railroad and The American Civil War' :
        Pennsylvania, Virginia and North Carolina
        (including Philadelphia, Gettysburg, Roanoke, Galax, Petersburg, Richmond and Manassas)
5 -
'St Louis Blues, Steamboats and The Underground Railroad' :
        Illinois, Iowa, Missouri, Kentucky, Ohio, Indiana and Michigan
        (including Chicago, Davenport, Springfield, St Louis, Cairo, Louisville, Cincinnati and Battle Creek)

John Jorgenson © Copyright 2009 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.

Earlyblues website 'Treasure Trove' (click on a link to discover some gems):

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Blues Festival Photos   Blues Movies   Blues DVDs   Blues Internet Mags   Blues Video Clips   Streaming The Blues   Blues Masters

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Contributors   Blues Books   Blues Mall   Old Blues Adverts   Our Blues Links   Coming soon   Coming soon

Blues Researchers   Cumbria Blues   Lancashire Blues   North West England   North East England   The Midlands   Southern England

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