Barry Pearson Compiles New Folkways Anthology

February 3, 2018

Barry Pearson recently worked with Smithsonian Folkways Recordings on a new compilation Classic Delta and Deep South Blues​, and provided liner notes for the album. 

from Smithsonian Folkways:

Mississippi, particularly the Delta, lays claim to being the land where the blues began. Forged in the crucible of poverty and racial oppression, blues flourished there as nowhere else, evolving into what most critics consider the deepest or most intense strain of the blues tradition. During the Great Migration, music changed consistently, adapting to its new surroundings like St. Louis and Chicago, while retaining its connection to its down home Delta roots. This collection celebrates the diversity and dissemination of the blues’ most powerful and influential voices. 67 minutes, 40-page booklet with extensive notes and photos.