St. Louis blues was the first published and pressed blues song. W.C. Handy said he first saw the blues played by a man at a train station sliding with his knife blade on the guitar. He took that experience with the rawest and most visceral of blues and brought it into an orchestral environment, made it listenable to the masses. You’re listening to the powerful Bessie Smith version of the St. Louis blues. In it you can see how the St. Louis Blues became a jazz / blues standard, but the in the process it paved the way for the real blues that Handy had seen, the blues of men like Mississippi Fred McDowell that shakes and screeches and howls it’s way deep down into your liver.
Anyways, I’m going to St. Louis for a long weekend–keep it bluesy