Essential Reading: “Delta Blues” By Ted Gioia

The book “Delta Blues” by Ted Gioia is by far the most comprehensive book available on the subject of the delta blues.  This is a great book for new and veteran blues listeners.   This information in this book is well researched and presented clearly.  I consider this to be ”the bible” of books on the blues.   This book not only talks about the history of African American folk music but also about the day to day life of African Americans living in Mississippi during the first half of the 20th century.  The book starts “where the southern crosses the dog” and follows the blues all the way to Chicago and then back home to the hills of Mississippi.  This is essential reading for blues lovers or anyone who wants to hear one of the most amazing stories in American history.