Delta Italians Influence on the Blues - Urban Legend or Reality?

Award-winning Italian blues harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi

Award-winning Italian blues harmonica player Fabrizio Poggi

Almost lost to the annals of time, there’s a particular story of Italian immigration that most of us haven’t heard about in a history class, nor read in book, nor listened to as we squirmed at nonna’s knee. It’s a story of struggle and strife, of discrimination and toil, of hardships and sorrows played out in the fertile black soil of many a cotton field in the American South…the Delta to be exact. Sound familiar? If you think I’ve had a bit too much...

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