I heard an interview today on NPR with the author of this book:
Delta Blues: The Life and Times of the Mississippi Masters Who Revolutionized American Music
by Ted Gioia
He seemed very informed, and the song examples he used were very enjoyable.
Thanks to your post, I bought this. Very readable and a good primer. It is accurately sub-titled as it is mostly about the life and times and impact of the great Delta Blues players, with just enough coverage of the music itself (which you can listen to for yourself since the period covered roughly corresponds to the era of recorded blues).
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I triple that emotion. I'm still only about half-way through the excellent book, as I keep getting bogged down pulled LPs off the shelf to listen--I've spun quite a few Yazoos, a little Honeyboy and a lot of Skip James so far. Now for those early Chess titles.