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  "Long may the Blues wake up this morning and every morning"




Photo © Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.          .Home of Mississippi John Hurt, Avalon, Mississippi 

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Welcome to Earlyblues.com. Now in its 18th year this is probably the longest running and largest continuously updated blues website on the internet. The Blues is Alive and Well here! Browse the site for a vast range of blues material: the 'UK & European Blues Festival Guide', UK/European/US blues festival photographs and reviews, blues tours/gigs, artist/band interviews, the history of the blues in essays and articles, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books/CDs/DVDs/radio stations, travelogues, general blues news items, a blues shopping mall, blues recipes, blues resting places, links to other blues sites, social media and discussion forums. With the newly re-created History Section (see details below) 'Earlyblues.com' now runs as two interlinked websites. There are well over 1,300 web pages, over 11,000 images, over 100 interviews, over 120 essays and articles so be sure to visit often as these sites are updated very frequently, with an extensive amount of material yet to add to many sections of the website.

Looking for a specific blues artist or band, check this out first: Blues Artists & Bands Index - indexing artists & bands featured on the 'Earlyblues' website, or try Blues Festival Photos for a list of past blues festivals, or try The NewsStand - all sorts of snippets from the blues world. Otherwise browse the main Noticeboards listed below - each giving the latest updates by category or the 'Early Blues Treasure Trove' of miscellaneous links to all other sections of the website, including a new blues shopping mall. I've provided 'seasoned' visitors with the five key links above and three below.
Happy browsing!

If your interest is in the history of the blues check out the Blues History section where you will find interesting essays and articles, the Blues Research section where you will find long term research projects (including reference to the new sister website 'Underground Railroad') and the Recommended Blues Books section where you will find seminal works available on various media.

If your interest is in the history of Gospel Music:
"The Half Ain't Never Been Told"
"The story of the blues is a story that has been told a number of times ... as far as black music as a whole is concerned it is a half-story. This emphasis has drawn attention away from other important vocal traditions, particularly the sacred vocal traditions, from the song-sermons of the Baptist and Sanctified preachers to the gospel songs of the church congregations and of the 'jack-leg' preachers and evangelists"

 - Paul Oliver, Songsters and Saints - Vocal Traditions on Race Records, Cambridge University Press, 1984.

Take a look at the sister website www.earlygospel.com  specialising in early gospel music and especially lesser known singers, from the spirituals and sacred songs in the 1870s through the evolution of gospel music to the end of WW II.

Take a look at the UKBlues Federation, a pan-UK Federation promoting and supporting Blues in and from the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles, incorporating the UK Blues Challenge and the Form UKBlues Awards.
More details and the latest news click here.

Alan White 
Earlyblues.com / Earlygospel.com / Undergroundrailroad.org


Lifetime Contribution Award 2014 Winner
"Very richly deserved in my opinion.
Alan does sterling work for the blues and has done for many many years".
Paul Jones, Paul Jones Show, 8th December 2014, BBC Radio 2.


"Crazy Blues" written by Perry Bradford. Mamie Smith and Her Jazz Hounds recorded it on August 10, 1920, which was released that year by OKeh Records. Within a month of release, it had sold 75,000 copies. Although there were many recordings made of songs with blues in the title during the previous decade, this recording is considered a landmark as the first blues record ever issued.


These are the Noticeboards of the latest additions to each category of the website.
 Click on the green Noticeboard title to take you to the details pages


All sorts of news snippets from the blues world: latest CD releases, upcoming tours and much more ...

 BLUES FESTIVALS NOTICEBOARD                                                Share

2019 UK & European Blues Festivals Guide - available now.

2018 UK & European Blues Festivals Guide - check out the latest festival updates

2017 UK & European Blues Festivals Guide - see who was where last year, and
Blues Festivals Archive - see who was where in previous years

The UK Festivals Photo Galleries - photos & reviews of Colne Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Skegness Rock & Blues Festival, Scarborough 'Top Secret' Blues Festival, Upton Blues Festival, Linton Festival, P&O Mini Blues Revue Cruises, Bangor on Dee Blues & Real Ale Festival, Maryport Blues Festival, plus nostaligic memories of Burnley International Rock & Blues Festival and Carlisle Blues Rock Festival, with more coming soon ...

US & European Blues Festivals - photos & reviews of festivals over recent years (including Chicago, King Biscuit, etc.)

he Blues Festivals Archive - links to all festival photo galleries contained on the website


Photo galleries from various UK blues tours, gigs and the US Section with reviews of various concerts, with more coming soon ...


"Keepin' Live Music Alive" - the latest information on selected blues clubs, forums, lectures and courses, with photos and interviews from visiting artists, plus a series of occasional gig reviews ...


Ah, the memories ...

. Mothers Club, Erdington, Birmingham .


Check out over 100 interviews including: Red Butler, Matt Woosey, Jimbo Mathus, Moreland and Arbuckle, Ruby Turner, Swampcandy, Larry McCray, Ian Siegal, Alvin Youngblood Hart, Tommy Allen & Johnny Hewitt, Danny Handley, Chris Powers, Tom Doughty, Sugar Ray Norcia, Matt Schofield, Giles Robson, Gregg Wright, Marcus Malone, Earl Thomas, Mud Morganfield, Marcus Bonfanti, Steve Cropper,
Walter Trout, BabaJack, Lisa Mills, Ian Jennings, Norman Beaker,
Aynsley Lister, Alan Nimmo, Dave Arcari, Ben Waters, Ed Stephenson, Ben Prestage, Paul Cowley, with more soon including Paul Jones, Larry Miller, Gerry McAvoy, Mick Gallagher,
Mike Vernon, Bruce Iglauer (President of Alligator Records),  Vaneese Thomas and Bob Malone ....


NEW HISTORY SECTION (from 1st March 2018):

The original ‘History’ Section of Earlyblues.com is being re-created in a new more manageable and easier to browse format together with extended content, especially on the history of British Blues.

The new format is being developed on www.earlyblues.org and will ultimately replace the original History Section of www.earlyblues.com, being entirely dedicated to the history and evolution of the Blues in essays and articles, cultural aspects, exhibitions, presentations, courses, talks, research projects, reference lists, recommended blues books, blues resting places, and links to other blues sites. All other content of www.earlyblues.com will remain the same.

So 'Earlyblues.com' now runs as two separate but interlinked websites:
www.earlyblues.com (full content with original History Section) and
www.earlyblues.org (new expanded and re-formatted History Section).

Click here to go to the original History Section or click here to see the new developing History Section, remembering that you can return to the full www.earlyblues.com website any time by clicking the link on the new Home page.

Latest:  The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of the Blues - "This Is Where the Soul of Man Never Dies." - by Terry Messman (Spanish Translation - with thanks to Rafael Reséndiz, professor at the National University of Mexico for the translation)

UPDATED: 'Blues Artists & Their Instruments' - updated blues guitar guide by Dai Thomas

Coming soon: 
Travelogue: Researching the life of Clara Smith
  - by Max Haymes

Recent essays:
Why Do You Moan, When You Can Shake That Thing? (a survey of Papa Charlie Jackson & Bo Weavil Jackson: 1924-1934) - by Max Haymes
Blues For Martin Luther King, Jr. - by Terry Messman
We'll March on Resurrection Day  
- by Terry Messman
Gulfport Island Road Blues
(Nonsense & Robert Johnson) - by Max Haymes
"I Need-A Plenty Grease In My Frying Pan" (Roots & Influences of Vaudeville & Rural Blues: 1919-1940)
    - by Max Haymes

Alabama Blues
- by Billy Hutchinson
The Mississippi Delta: Birthplace of the Blues - "This Is Where the Soul of Man Never Dies."
- by Terry Messman
Blues Poetry' - an updated collection of articles on Poetry and the Blues

© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved.Latest exhibitions:
Downhome Blues Exhibition : A Photographic Exhibition of American Blues Artists and their Home Towns by Alan White. The exhibition comprises some sixteen artists including Chuck Berry, James Cotton, Honeyboy Edwards, Louisiana Red, Coco Montoya and Hubert Sumlin.
Blues Filter Exhibition : A Photographic Exhibition of Blues Artists who have performed at The Great British Rhythm & Blues Festival, Colne, Lancashire by Alan White. The exhibition comprises some twenty five artists including Steve Cropper, Mud Morganfield, Booker T, Billy Boy Arnold, Magic Slim, Chris Farlowe, Jack Bruce, Ruby Turner, Wilko Johnson, Larry Garner and Lucy Zirins.

Coming soon (hopefully):
- Details of an Interactive 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 Johnson's family.

Now if your interest is the history of Gospel Music check out the full list of
Gospel Essays on the sister website www.earlygospel.com


New articles in our long term research project Slave To The Blues:
Check out: Slave To The Blues - Coffles and the Auction Block - by Max Haymes

Introducing the new sister website www.undergroundrailroad.org.uk currently being developed to give an insight into the Underground Railroad movement during American slavery times.


Recommended blues related Books/CDs/DVDs/Movies/Radio Stations/On-line Blues Magazines/etc...

..... plus a bit of retail therapy with a new Shopping Mall


Links to photo galleries, articles and essays on trips to the 'Land Where The Blues Began' ...

Coming fairly 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)







 Moorhead, Mississippi  
© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved                                            .      
"Where the Southern Crosses the Yellow Dog"

"Where the Southern Crosses The Yellow Dog"
The junction at Moorhead looking to the west (the Southern Railroad, now the Columbus & Greenville) running west and east and the Yellow Dog (the Yazoo Delta Railroad), running north and south. 
© Copyright 2008 Alan White. All Rights Reserved

Purpose and Acknowledgements

This is the original 'Earlyblues.com' Website, first published in October 2000 by Alan White and regularly developed since then with a vast range of excellent material which I hope you enjoy.

The purpose of the website
is to broaden awareness and understanding of the origins of blues music and to encourage and support live blues music - 'keeping the blues alive'. This is done by:
researching, producing and publishing blues articles and essays
¨  promoting blues books, DVDs, films and Internet based blues radio
¨  promoting and supporting UK and European blues festivals with reviews and photographic portfolios
¨  researching for and interviewing blues artists and bands
¨  encouraging and promoting budding blues artists and bands
¨  supporting associated blues societies and blues magazines
¨  maintaining this website (incorporating all of the above)

Many thanks to all contributors over the years, there are many of them so I've listed their details on a separate page which you can view here. I really do appreciate all their help. If you as the reader would like to contribute or comment in any way I'm always glad to hear from you. Just email me at alan@earlyblues.com

Now if your interest is the history of Gospel Music check out the sister website www.earlygospel.com

If you are interested in the long term research project 'Slave To The Blues' being researched in conjunction with blues historian Max Haymes then check out the Blues Essays and also my new website www.undergroundrailroad.org.uk which gives an insight into the Underground Railroad movement during American slavery times.

Alan White - earlyblues.com

Image from advert in the Chicago Defender, 23rd January 1926

For the record: this is an educational website and no content may be copied for commercial use (see our copyright notice).
If in doubt, or if you wish to ask permission to copy an item please email me - 

All the work maintaining this site is completely voluntary (with no financial support or advertising whatsoever) coz' we're passionate about the blues and we want to keep the blues alive! 

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

  Credentials   What is the Blues?   Background to Blues   Chronology of Blues   Artists & Bands Index   Featured Article   Blues Memories

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

  Blues Guitar   Blues Anthology   Blues Paintings   Blues Travelogues   Blues Courses   Best of British Blues   Top Twenty Blues

  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

  Scotland   Wales being updated   Hall of Fame   Resting Places   Blues Recipes   Blues Forum   Guest Book

If you have any comments, contributions or ideas to help, please email me at:                            Share alan.white@earlyblues.com            Thanks.   Alan White


Lifetime Contribution Award 2014 Winner
"Very richly deserved in my opinion.
Alan does sterling work for the blues and has done for many many years".
Paul Jones, Paul Jones Show, 8th December 2014, BBC Radio 2.

Emeritus Board Member (Blues Historian and Archivist)

The UKBlues Federation (UKBlues) is a pan-UK Federation to promote and support blues in the United Kingdom in all its forms and styles. A ‘not for profit’ federation of musicians, organisations, associations, groups, venues, companies, individuals and other interested parties within the UK who already work to support, promote and encourage blues of all sorts within the UK, to work together to achieve UKBlues‘ aims. Further details about UKBlues, its mission, its aims and its projects are on our website at www.ukblues.org

Click here for the Latest UKBlues News

Member - Blues Heaven Foundation


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(Website created 1st October 2000 - estimated visitors since then circa 700,000)

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