Deep Blues Blog

The Deep Blues blog is a web domain dedicated to the preservation of the blues tradition and generating exposure for new blues acts.  It features varying content  from late blues legends, new-found acts with a small fan base, and includes articles involving things going on in the blues community .  The blog strives to help sustain the withering American blues tradition without compromising or straying from the unpasteurized integrity that the genre was founded on.  Whether or not it does this effectively is another story.

The blog itself has a bare bones and raw aesthetic, and the structure of the site on a whole could be reorganized to create more harmony between the posts and sidebars.  There is also a sidebar with hundreds of different musical acts and related blues topics that adds to the chaos and makes things appear even more unkept.

When the author of the blog does chose to write, it is informative, structured, and seemingly poetic.  Although a number of blog entries on the Deep Blues domain have absolutely no text, only a series of embedded video.  This is problematic because they are embedded on the site via Youtube, so the video description by the orignal uploader also doesn’t appear.  This causes people to not even bother clicking on the footage posted because they are clueless to what they are about to watch.

That being said, the content of the blog, regardless of the lack of text, is superb.  It features several rare videos containing legends like R.L Burnside and Junior Kimbrough, two superstars in the deep blues community.  Posted on their homepage about half way down is a series of 10 or more videos with the two blues giants playing together.

The blog incorporates videos of a painter/musician who is heavily influenced by Delta music.  He is known for playing guitar, and creatively painting both musical instruments and canvas.  This article was very informative and explanatory.  It also publicized a series of his canvass painting and graphic designs on the web page aswell.

Overall I think the Deep Blues blog is more than due for an overhaul.  Its crowded and chaotic and lacking in written text.  The video content they do have is quite enthralling  but with no description, they are passable at best.  If you can get past the late nineties graphic web design and are an American blues fan; this website might be your cup of tea; however, my opinion is that most people would respectively surf right on by this blog.

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