Some sources state that the term blues is related to "blue notes", the flatted, often microtonal notes used in blues, but the Oxford English Dictionary claims that the term blues came first and led to the naming of "blue notes".
Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres.
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and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century.
The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, spirituals, and the folk music of white Americans of European heritage.