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John Jackson, a Virginia legend, performs "Steamboat Whistle." The blues style originated in communities of formerly enslaved Africans and is derived from spirituals, praise songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants.

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John Jackson, a Virginia legend, performs "Steamboat Whistle." The blues style originated in communities of formerly enslaved Africans and is derived from spirituals, praise songs, field hollers, shouts, and chants.

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The preservation of these recordings was made possible with the generous support of The Grammy Foundation.