To spend a day exploring Georgia blues, begin with the early Paramount recordings of Gertrude “Ma" Rainey, known as the “Mother of the Blues,” and those of her early pianist and arranger, “Georgia Tom” Dorsey. Then spend time with Piedmont Blues stylists, including Blind Willie McTell, whose song “Statesboro Blues” became an Allman Brothers Band standard. A look at the blues from the Georgia/Alabama border would include Precious Bryant and George Henry Bussey. Finally, listen to the artists who have pushed the spirit of the blues forward in the last couple of decades, including Robert Lee Coleman, Danny “Mudcat” Dudeck, Tinsley Ellis, and Francine Reed, among others.
Below, use the itinerary to find must-see music venues, festivals and more points of interest, and listen to music by blues artists in the "Our Blues Picks" playlist.