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The late, great bluesman Charles Brown with Bicycling Photography's Millard Farmer

Photo: Backstage talking with the late, and forever great, Charles
Brown, before his performance at one of the early "River Blues
Festivals" at Penn's Landing, in Philadelphia, summer of 1992.

          Got the Blues!

We certainly do at Earthly Photos.  Years of faking "PRESS" passes, sneaking backstages, nourishing an addiction to 'The Blues' is the main foundation for this growing photo library of  'International' Blues Artists'.  This collection is dedicated solely to helping keep 'The Blues' alive!

The majority of the images presented here of more than 200 different Blues Musicians were taken at the annual "Pocono Blues Festivals" in Eastern Pennsylvania, and Delaware's "Riverfront Blues Festivals" in downtown Wilmington.  Over two decades of 'The Blues', the locations and sponsors have changed, but the quality of 'The Blues' still rocks on!

Some of the these photographs were taken at night, or in dark, smokey, local bars along the East Coast of the United States.  Due to lack of light, cheap cameras, and floors and walls shaking from the rhythmic beat of 'The Blues' being played, the excellence of some of these photos is not the quality of the image, but is the pressence of the Bluesmen behind the microphones and musical instruments on stage. 

Performing well past the age of 90; Hubert Sumlin, Mojo Buford, and Bob Stooger on stage in Wilmington, Delaware

Photo:Performing at the ripe age of 90 years old plus, left to right
are Mojo Buford, Hubert Sumlin, and Bob Stoger, summer of 2012.

               The Artists

Many of these photographs were taken well over 20 years ago. Sadly, some of the Artists shown here are no longer with us, however, the memory of their stage performances, their lyrics, recordings, and vibrant personalities will remain in our hearts forever.

Ever since the first blues recording in 1920, "Crazy Blues", by Mamie Smith, blues artists have voiced their personal woes in a world of harsh reality: a lost love, the cruelty of police officers and government, oppression by the white folk, and in general, just plain hard times.

Simply put, 'The Blues' was the music of the rural south, notably the Mississippi Delta. The expansion of 'The Blues' began during the black migration from the southern countryside to urban areas in the 1920s and the simultaneous development of the recording industry.

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      . . . add 'Blues' to this Library.

If you have 'Blues' photos and would like to share them with the Blues World, you are invited to participate in this Blues collection.  (All images in Earthly Photos are for public enjoyment and not for sale.)

Become a "Contributing Photographer".  All photos added to this Library will be credited to the orignal owner and included in the description below each photo.  Write an 'Artist Biography' and be a "Contributing Editor" as well. 

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Note: All images in Earthly Photos were taken by Millard Farmer, creator of Bicycling Photography.  The only possible exceptions would be here in "The Encyclopedia of the Blues" Library, where contributing photography is welcome.