Great Biographies on Blues Musicians

Fans of Blues music who plan to attend the Simi Valley Cajun & Blues Music Festival and want to build some extra excitement probably already have a full playlist of Blues and Cajun music on the mp3 player.

Read some of the in-depth and thought-provoking biographies on Blues musicians to add context to the festivities.

  • Deep Blues: A Musical and Cultural History of the Mississippi Delta by Robert Palmer – This 1982 biography focuses on the history of this pure North American art form. Palmer’s biography features a history of the Blues that is as deep and compelling as it is broad and far-reaching. Read about Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Sonny Boy Williamson and others who started it all, as well as artists who have carried on the tradition.
  • Can’t Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters by Robert Gordon – Inspired by Robert Johnson and Son House, Muddy Waters took Blues to the next level by playing electric guitar. Gordon focuses on Waters’ powerful influence on 1960s rock and roll musicians.

Since you are brushing up your Blues knowledge, you will be ready for the next Cajun & Blues Music Festival in Simi Valley.