On April 9th, Nashville native Carlos Deford Bailey joined NMAAM on Facebook Live and explored the history of the harmonica and provided knowledge about how the instrument influenced the development of music genres.

Mr. Bailey is the son of “Nashville Blues Legend,” Deford Bailey, Jr., and the grandson of world-famous Grand Ole Opry star, Deford Bailey, Sr. Mr. Bailey has been singing and playing music since he was 5 years old. He is now seen regularly on television, radio, documentaries, and other programs in “Music City.” The legend of the Deford Bailey continues through Mr. Carlos Deford Bailey.

From Nothing to Something (FN2S) is a series of workshops that educate students about the music innovations early African Americans used to create by memory and with limited resources. The program includes seven different workshops: Spoons, Harmonica, Lyrics, Cigar Box Guitar, Banjo, Rhythm and Drums, and Wash Tub Bass. An artist leads each presentation, which explores the music history and techniques and provides knowledge about how each instrument influenced the development of music genres.

Posted by National Museum of African American Music on Thursday, April 9, 2020