Southern Music

The American South has a long and rich musical tradition. It is the birthplace of the Blues--a genre that has had a major influence on music ever since--and home to many other musical styles as well.

The distinctive styles of the music of the South have been theorized to descend from a combination of Negro spirituals, work songs, and European-descended folk songs. The varied roots of the music of the South made it incredibly versatile, as it evolved into the various American music genres of Jazz, Rock, Country, Bluegrass, and more. Over the years, Southern music has grown and changed, but the southern states have always been a major source for America's authentic sound.