The musical soul of a nation was born in adversity.

In our first episode of Art House (finally!), Brannon discusses the oft-overlooked musical forms of blues and jazz. From their important starting points that track the history of the African-American to their wide-ranging influences on music and people alike, you will likely find this first episode of our short-form series a journey worth taking.

The eclectic mix of instrumental jazz was brought to you by the very talented Kevin MacLeod, who produces a lot of music completely royalty-free on his website, You may recognize some of the tracks as they’ve appeared in a number of projects that, frankly, couldn’t afford the royalties of licensed music. His stuff does not disappoint. Give him a look and think of donating if you’re able.