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The Blues

We will examine the Blues from its African roots, to work songs and gospel, to rock and roll, and everything in-between. Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith—these are names that define styles of American music that have contributed to styles as varied as Miles Davis and The Rolling Stones. Where did this music come from? How did it develop? It is an exciting story that, by itself, tells much of the local history of the American soul.

Instructor Bio:

Ralph Rush is a blues musician, having been guitarist for the Queen of the Blues, Victoria Spivey. He is an award-winning guitarist and performer in his own right. He has performed with Pete Seeger and Harry Chapin, among others, and at various music festivals and venues, including the Philadelphia Folk Festival, the New Jersey Folk Festival, and the New York City Center Jazz Museum. He was a regular with the Archie Edwards Heritage Foundation in Washington, D.C., and played at the Kennedy Center in 2006 as part of the “Year of the Blues.” Ralph has a background in teaching and holds a master’s degree in music education. He has authored various articles on blues and blues guitar styles for Sing Out! and Acoustic Guitar magazines.

Recommended Reading:

Wald, Elijah. Escaping the Delta: Robert Johnson and the Invention of the Blues, 2004. Gordon, Robert. Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, 2003. Segrest, James and Mark Hoffman. Moanin’ at Midnight: The Life and Times of Howlin’ Wolf, 2005. Guralnick, Peter, Robert Santelli, and Christopher John Farley. Martin Scorsese Presents The Blues: A Musical Journey, 2004. ( Also available as a box set of recordings and as a dvd collection.) Oliver, Paul. The Story Of The Blues, 1998.

Course Number Instructor Dates Day Time Location Available
A409 Ralph Rush Feb 22, Mar 1, 8 Th 2:30-4:00 p.m. Unity of Charlottesville A

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