The Olden Days

The Blues

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Through the summer of 2016, we will be focusing on the great American genre of The Blues.

History of the Blues, Part 1
History of the Blues, Part 2

Early Rock n’ Roll

Chuck BerryMarch 27, 2017

During the decade of the 1950s, Chuck Berry went from a part-time musician playing local gigs to supplement his income to one of the most successful and influential artists of the era.

Chuck Berry in the 1950s

Elvis Christmas Album by Elvis PresleyDecember 21, 2016

Released during the height of his initial popularity, Elvis Presley recorded a 20th century classic in just a few days in 1957. Elvis’ Christmas Album, in its many versions and incarnations, has gone on to sell over 13 million copies through the decades.

Review of Elvis’ Christmas Album

R & B

Dr John's GumboDecember 7, 2017

A bit of a turn away from his early psychedelic-influenced work. Dr. John’s Gumbo is a finely performed and produced tribute to the distinct, traditional music of Dr. John‘s hometown of New Orleans.

Review of Dr. John’s Gumbo

Other Traditional Genres

In the near future, Roots Rock Review will cover the rich potpourri of (mainly) American genres from the beginnings of recorded music in the early 20th century through 1964 (our sister publication Classic Rock Review covers form 1965 forward). Some of theses early genres we will cover include:

  • Jazz
  • Classic Country
  • Bluegrass
  • Pop / Big Band
  • Motown / Soul
  • Gospel