Tuesday, February 06, 2007


Photo essay (and music) by Bill Steber about Mississippi Blues Culture.

Pick Jesus, Belen, MS 1994

"...The same Mississippi soil that transformed the Delta into the land of king cotton with the sweat and suffering of slaves and sharecroppers also produced a cultural legacy of music, religion, and rural traditions, that shaped and defined the African-American community. The Blues, our country's first original music, was born of field hollers, railroad chants, black spirituals, jump-ups, European folk music and the ability of the human spirit to dignify itself in the face of oppression. These photographs are an attempt to document the living legacy of this rich cultural tradition."

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