Dr. Muir’s first book, Long Lost Blues: Popular Blues in America, 1850-1920 was published by University of Illinois Press in 2010. It reveals the nature of the earliest blues and shows its importance to the evolution of mainstream American music in the early twentieth century. Visit the book’s website here.Long Lost Blues cover


The book has received rave reviews:

“Required reading for lovers of the blues and historians of American popular music…”
   – Edward Komara, Notes

“A work of extraordinary scholarship.”
    –  David Copser, Popular Music

“An extremely gripping and far-reaching study of a major piece of early jazz history.”
   – Wolfram Knauer, Darmstadt Jazz-Institut

“Muir’s study is fascinating, with implications larger than the history of blues in its examination of the interplay between orally passed-along folk music…and popular music transmitted through commercial media.”
   – David Luhrssen, Milwaukee Express

“Long Lost Blues is both scholarly and highly readable…, a fascinating view of the blues.”
    – Barbara Bamberger Scott, Curled Up With A Good Book

“Long Lost Blues is likely to become an important part of the historical literature of both blues and American popular music as a whole. Muir is to be credited for shining a spotlight on this critical period that has been, as he rightly notes, largely neglected in blues discourses… Muir’s work will be of great benefit and interest to anyone concerned with blues, from musicologists to casual fans, and is therefore strongly recommended.”
   – Ken Prouty, Fontes Artae Musicae

“…chock-full of insights that one would be hard-pushed to find anywhere else.”
– Mark Berresford, Vintage Jazz Mart

“Long Lost Blues is a fascinating and ground-breaking exploration of largely unexplored music terrain, an intelligent, well-documented, and highly readable journey through the intersection of popular and folk music in the early 1900s…It is highly recommended.”
   – Tim Brooks, Journal of the Society for American Music

A remarkable achievement which stands on the twin pillars of exhaustive research and acute musical analysis.”
   – Chris Smith, Blues & Rhythm

“…breaks new ground in blues research.”
   Steve Ramm, In the Groove 

“A fascinating book which is highly readable despite its academic approach.”
   Doctor Jazz