Blues music is as American as apple pie and just as delicious. It has grown and evolved and slipped its way into every corner of our nation’s culture. This earthy poetry and its simple rhythms is bound to inspire, comfort and bring you to your feet. We will explore the history and the essence of this music that goes far beyond a casual term for depression or sadness. Indeed, you will come to see that blues can be positive and uplifting! If you don’t own a mojo hand and never visited a juke joint or do not yet revere Little Walter or Otis Rush, then you need to take this class and learn about these musical giants and their priceless art form.
Roger Gumley has been an avid follower of blues and jazz music for over 40 years. He has worked as a radio disc jockey in Ames Iowa and Cincinnati Ohio. He has interviewed such blues masters as B.B. King, Hound Dog Taylor, Roosevelt Sykes, Koko Taylor, John Hammond and J.B. Hutto. His articles on the blues have appeared in the Iowa State Daily and The Christian Science Monitor.