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Can the Blues Survive the Modern Era?
Date: Tuesday, June 07, 2011 @ 15:10:22 UTC

You can't find the blues on radio very easily these days, unless you hunt low down on the dial in the small hours of the morning. Same with TV - a vast wasteland, as far as real blues is concerned. Record stores - remember those? - no longer can champion the music as they once did. And while decades-old Chicago labels such as Alligator and Delmark ambitiously release recordings, they hardly can be heard in an industry that generates less than 1 percent of its sales from the blues. Which has to make even the most ardent lover of the music wonder: Can the blues endure? And even if it does, will it remotely resemble the raw, gritty sound of its origins? Complete Article







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