Blues Education Portal

Welcome to our blues education portal! At Strathmore, we like to offer you a chance to go deeper and learn more about the art and artists we present. Before or after clapping along at Primary Blues on October 28, turn here for blues background.

It includes articles written especially for Strathmore by music journalists like Elijah Wald, author of Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues; Ken Avis, producer of the Jazz Samba Project at Strathmore and the film Anacostia Delta, which explores the rich history of the blues in Washington, DC; Jim O’Neal, co-founder of Living Blues Magazine and research director of the Mississippi Blues Trail, who gives us the low-down on early blues recording labels; and Giovanni Russonello of Capital Bop and The New York Times.

From blues history 101 to tips on singing the blues, you’ll have to keep coming back for more!

Lauren Campbell
Director of Education


Dive in and learn more! 

Prepare yourself for a season of blues experiences by brushing up on blues basics and reading articles by experts. We'll be updating this content throughout the season so check back often.

Early Blues Recording Labels
By Jim O'Neal

The State of Blues Today
By Elijah Wald

Blues 101: The Blues Enters the Scene
By Marcia Friedman

Blues 102: The Blues On The Move
By Marcia Friedman

What makes the blues sound like the blues?
By Chris Slattery

Some of the Many Shades of Blues
By Michelle Davis

Regional Blues Styles
By Brian Huff

Washington, DC - City of the Blues
By Ken Avis

Know Your DC Blues Icons
By Ken Avis

The Enduring Influence & Tradition of the Blues
By Giovanni Russonello

And be sure to check out this great article from The Washington Post!
What the Blues Sounds Like All Over the Map

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