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From the Cotton Fields to the White House

The performance of B.B. King, Mick Jagger, Buddy Guy, and other blues music icons at the White House in February 2012 for President and Mrs. Obama was a monumental occasion for a music form that had its beginnings in the “field hollers” of slaves picking cotton over 200 years ago. This playlist explores the many variations the blues has evolved into -- Black Gospel, Juke Joint, Boogie-Woogie, Delta Blues, Chicago Blues, West Coast Blues, British Blues, and more — during its journey from the cotton fields to the White House.



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