Welcome to paulmerryblues.com

This site is for all those wanting to discover how the music we call blues evolved, long before being named for the first time in 1912, and how rocking blues gave birth to rock ‘n’ roll. A secondary role is supporting my three books, each of which explores and unravels the mysterious tangled histories of the strains of music leading to blues and rock.

First came two eBooks – How Blues Evolved Volumes One and Two. Downloaded for a song on Amazon, I hope you’ll find these unusual for eBooks, being jammed-packed with early etchings and illustrations supporting their stories.

Combining and expanding my two eBooks resulted in a big 11.5 x 8 inch 390-page printed book, also with early etchings and illustrations, called AMERICA’S GIFT The Untold Story of How Blues Evolved. Available by clicking on the book’s cover, bottom left, I’m confident you won’t find such amazing revelations anywhere else. 

Take a free preview while you’re there. And get a taste of what’s in my books from the posts above, or check the archives, right, for over 225 historic blues and vintage rock articles. These are 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 might help explain.

Of all America’s creative gifts to the world, does anything touch us more than the music we have called blues since it was first named in 1912?

Rock’n’roll, beat, old school R&B, blues rock, hard rock, plain old rock, soul, funk, jazz, metal and pop are just some of the captivating musical genres to have rocked and rolled out of the blues, parent of all modern American music.

For lovers of popular music, how can blues not be America’s greatest gift to the world?

Preview here:  America’s Gift