African Americans developed the blues as a reaction to the harsh conditions in the Mississippi Delta. The music found a new home during the first half of the twentieth century when thousands of African Americans migrated to northern cities. Inevitably, the sounds and styles of the bluesmen that journeyed North changed in response to their new environment. My research focuses on the music of Muddy Waters because of his unique experiences in both the Delta and Chicago. This portion of research analyzes Waters’ Stovall Plantation recordings, as they are a reflection of his life in the Delta. Later study will explore his early work in Chicago.