A little guitar blues history

There was a time, in the 1890's when guitar blues was purely instrumental and very advanced and there were many significant styles specific to their practitioners including St. Louis and Kansas City style blues The source of this information is Jelly Roll Morton's  'Guitar Blues' recording from the Complete Congress Recordings which were made sometime around 1938 Morton was born Ferdinand LeMoth in 1884 and began playing piano personally sometime around 1896 and professionally around 1898 Before that, he had played guitar, and in the recording Morton plays guitar blues as he played it in the 1890's and informs us that there were countless blues guitarists playing their own styles including New Orleans blues, Kansas City blues and St Louis blues  These guitar styles would have drawn on as an influence ragtime banjo  and piano The guitar playing of the Delta region is very different from this music and doesn't draw on it as an influence, it wasn't the music of plantation workers but rather the music of a different social class of musicians who could often read music or would at least try to learn The delta guitar stylists are rather the successors of gospel, not blues, banjo players until Sears Roebuck began including cheap guitars in their catalog in the 1890's The blues of Mississippi was not influenced by the advanced instrumental blues of New Orleans, St Louis, Kansas City but rather the slow piano blues of New Orleans songs like Make Me a Pallet On the Floor and  gospel banjo In the complete library of congress recordings, Morton says the song is from many years before he was born The verses are in four pattern rather than the later popularized three Each verse is characterized by the same line sung three times and changing on the fourth  This is the earliest example of blues that we have to reference That the blues of the Mississippi Delta drew on this music as an influence is demonstrated in that Willie Brown and Big Bill Broonzy both recorded the song The fact that we couldn't hear a Brown recording of the song until Alan Lomax recorded him for the Library of Congress doesn't contradict this view The Brown discography like the man and the blues was supressed

Before the civil war, John Brown (no known relation to delta blues singer Willie Brown) had struck his first blow against slavery in Kansas which was a free state, bordering Missouri, a slave state and in 1872 Frerick Douglas called on freedmen to move to Kansas and later during the Exodusters migration which included St Louis as a destination as well, blacks would try to move to Kansas That meant a ride on a river boat up the Mississippii river to St. Louis and then they would have needed to board a second river boat to travel further northwest up the river to Kansas Many couldn't and would have to remain in St. Louis This is why there was New Orleans blues, Kansas City blues and St. Louis blues So what happened to St Louis, New Orleans, Kansas City acoustic guitar blues? It would be eclipsed by the migration of ragtime to the piano and ragtime piano would become the super money making genre beginning with the premise that the dance halls of New Orleans needed pianists to entertain their patrons all night long and ragtime piano would give rise to a huge sheet music publishing industry Towards the end of the ragtime era, WC Handy would publish some ragtime blues sheet music