This site was established to help promote my research into the origins of the blues, genesis of so many forms of popular American music.

Out of this research came two illustrated eBooks, How Blues Evolved – Volumes One and Two (each going for a song on Amazon). Combining and augmenting the eBooks resulted in the BIG 390-page illustrated paperback, America’s Gift: the Untold Story of How Blues Evolved (also at Amazon).

Choose from the posts above, or check my archives, right, for over 220 historic blues and rock stories, indexed under the Explore Archives button, top.

And if you want to know why I write about the blues, instead of playing the blues, the video below should help explain.


“Of all America’s creative gifts to the world, does anything touch us more than the music we call the blues?

Rock’n’roll, old school R&B, rock, soul, funk, jazz, metal and pop are just some of the captivating musical genres that have rocked and rolled out of the blues. It is the mother of all American music.

For lovers of popular music, how can blues not be America’s greatest gift of all?”

Paul Merry.

Preview here:  America’s Gift