The migration of the blues from the fields of the Mississippi Delta to clubs on the southside of Chicago has been well-documented by historians and musicologists, but there is also a rich tradition in and around the Appalachian mountains that has received scant attention. A new album, “Classic Appalachian Blues” by Smithsonian Folkways, helps to set the record straight.
Erin McKeown is ten years into her career as a solo singer/songwriter. She’s one of many impacted by the changing music industry. As fans buy fewer CDs and download more files, independent artists — musicians who don’t depend on major record companies to promote their work — are feeling the impact.