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Country Blues Guitar

A Series of 17 Radio Broadcasts by Stefan Grossman

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The story of fingerpicking guitar styles and techniques was born in the southern states of America. Black musicians shaped and developed this approach. The sounds and ideas varied greatly from the rough rhythmic approach of the Mississippi Delta to the piano sounding guitar of Blind Blake. It is very important for guitar students to have a good understanding of blues guitar in order to develop their fingerpicking abilities. Country Blues Guitar Workshop was put together to give the guitar student a panorama of the techniques and styles that were developed, explored and recorded during the 1920’s - 1940’s.


The music of Charley Patton, Son House, Skip James, Tommy Johnson, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Mississippi John Hurt, Muddy Waters, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie Johnson, Lightning Hopkins, Barbecue Bob, Blind Willie McTell, Blind Blake, Big Bill Broonzy and Blind Boy Fuller are is presented and discussed. Each musician is spotlighted in his own segment.


This series of 17 broadcasts will present to the student the legendary names of Country Blues Guitar and give a clear picture of how blues styles and techniques developed.

A total of FOUR AND A HALF HOURS of music and talk.

Program 01 - Charley Patton Program 01 - Charley Patton (6458 KB)

Program 02 - Son House Program 02 - Son House (6339 KB)

Program 03 - Skip James Program 03 - Skip James (6132 KB)

Program 04 - Tommy Johnson Program 04 - Tommy Johnson (6292 KB)

Program 05 - Robert Johnson Program 05 - Robert Johnson (6291 KB)

Program 06 - Bukka White Program 06 - Bukka White (6258 KB)

Program 07 - Mississippi John Hurt Program 07 - Mississippi John Hurt (6311 KB)

Program 08 - Muddy Waters Program 08 - Muddy Waters (6292 KB)

Program 09 - Lonnie Johnson Program 09 - Lonnie Johnson (6306 KB)

Program 10 - Blind Lemon Jefferson Program 10 - Blind Lemon Jefferson (6275 KB)

Program 11 - Blind Willie Johnson Program 11 - Blind Willie Johnson (6204 KB)

Program 12 - Lightnin' Hopkins Program 12 - Lightnin' Hopkins (6230 KB)

Program 13 - Barbecue Bob, Charlie Lincoln, Willie Baker Program 13 - Barbecue Bob, Charlie Lincoln, Willie Baker (6336 KB)

Program 14 - Blind Willie McTell Program 14 - Blind Willie McTell (6202 KB)

Program 15 - Blind Blake Program 15 - Blind Blake (6182 KB)

Program 16 - Big Bill Broonzy Program 16 - Big Bill Broonzy (6190 KB)

Program 17 - Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis Program 17 - Blind Boy Fuller, Reverend Gary Davis (6097 KB)