To answer that question, Norton draws on a range of conceptual frames: the Ancient Greek doctrine of ethos, the practice of singing in downhome blues
forms and styles, and modern medical evidence about the physiological benefits of group singing.
Henry Gray, a former Huwlin Wolf sideman and possibly the most obscure player in this entire series, provides stone gut-pounding downhome blues
and Jay McShann, in new and historical footage, brings together blues, and big band, Kansas City style.
The Modern Downhome Blues Sessions Various (Ace) ***
Recorded everywhere from the cotton plantations to juke joints this superb collection presents a great selection of Downhome Blues.
It was an important book then and, despite the passage of time and the amount of blues scholarship published over the nearly two decades since, Early Downhome Blues remains a valuable and important book.
While I am very pleased to see this book back in print as a second edition (the University of Illinois Press took it out of their catalogue in 1990), the additions to Early Downhome Blues are slight indeed.