Here are a selection of associated research projects, both (a) current and on-going and (b) possible / potential:
(A) Current and On-Going Projects
The blues based form of gospel music – a combination of blues guitar and evangelical lyrics. More details coming soon as an integral part of this website.
‘Slave To The Blues’
This is a long-term project which seeks to focus on the secular roots of the Blues back in slavery times in the USA, highlighting the non-religious music of the African-American before 1865. For more information see the Research Section of www.earlyblues.com
‘Slavery and The Underground Railroad’
Providing an insight into the Underground Railroad movement during American slavery times; this secret and illegal network that was neither ‘underground’ nor a ‘railroad’ provided a means of freedom from the brutal systems and laws of slavery in the USA. For further information see www.undergroundrailroad.org.uk . The website incorporates the origins of the underground railroad, a chronology of key dates and significant events, influential people, locations and associated events, themes, essays and articles, a bibliography of key reference literature, a discography including key recordings, and Internet website references.
(B) Possible / Potential Future Projects
Sometimes called “quartet music” due to the original all male, tenor-lead-baritone-bass quartet makeup, this type of music depends on strong harmonies, often with very wide ranges.
Barbershop quartets originated with African American men socializing in barbershops; they would harmonize while waiting their turn, vocalizing in spirituals, folk songs and popular songs.
A form of American roots music, with roots in English, Scottish, Welsh and Irish traditional music.
If you have any comments, contributions (information, articles or essays) or any other queries, please email me, Alan White at firstname.lastname@example.org .