Big Bill Broonzy

By J Poet

Big Bill Broonzy (William Lee Conley Broonzy) was born in Scott County, Mississippi, in 1898, during the height of segregation and his childhood experiences dealing with racial decimation influenced his music and politics for the rest of his life. His singing, songwriting and guitar playing were unique, more blues based than straight blues, with a driving, rhythmic style that foreshadowed the electric sound of his friend Muddy Waters. After moving to Chicago after WWI, he pioneered the fusion of country blues with urban influences that created the sound of modern Chicago blues. He wrote hundreds... Read More

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