BRIAN BARONE is a guitarist, keyboardist, and music director. He studies musicology at Boston University. You can find him on Twitter @BrianRBarone.
It’s no secret that the practices of African-American musicians living in the South around the turn of the last century form the bedrock of American popular music. The styles they birthedblues, gospel, jazzdonned various uniforms as they grew; over the airwaves, on vinyl, and in binary code, they mounted a campaign that conquered the known musical world.