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The blues was born in the Mississippi Delta, and since that fateful night in 1903 when W.C. Handy heard the mournful sound of a pocketknife sliding over the strings of an acoustic guitar and the plaintive song of a long-forgotten musician in the hot night of Tutwiler, Mississippi, the blues has been on a journey around the world.

Memphis Blues: Birthplace of a Music Tradition by William Bearden