Mary Catherine May 9, 2013 - Amen. The blues of yesteryear cannot be challenged by modern blues. The "blues" originated from the far-reaching effects of slavery, inequity on the job (including music) and in social circles, broken families; the search for jobs often taking them away from home; etc. The blues today come from the heart. The blues of Johnson’s time come from the very depth of the troubled, yet hopeful soul.