In a one page essay (double-space, 1 inch margins, etc.), compare the style of Southern Folk Blues (i.e. Country Blues) with Classic Blues. The songs listed in the links below should give you an idea of how the styles differ.
Answer the following questions in essay form:
How do the styles differ in instrumentation, vocal timbre, tempo, rhythm, harmony, melody, etc.?
How do the personas differ in Classic Blues vs. Country Blues (i.e. who do you imagine might be singing the song – not the artist herself, but the persona she creates when performing) ?
How do the songs compare in terms of subject matter?
How do the lyrics compare? (you may want to give examples of specific lines, and discuss the way the singer sings these lines)
Who do you think the intended audience is for Classic blues vs. Country blues?
How do these songs reflect the oral tradition?