BLUES MUSIC: Mississippi Delta Blues

Perhaps the most influential of the many styles of blues music, Mississippi Delta blues, also called Delta blues, rose out of the fertile agricultural triangle located between Vicksburg, Mississippi, to the south and Memphis, Tennessee, to the north, and bordered by the Mississippi River to the west and the Yazoo River to the east. In this region, where cotton was the primary cash crop, much of the property was owned by white plantation owners and worked by black sharecroppers. Poverty was rife throughout the Delta, and working conditions were harsh.

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