Famous Blues Artists and Styles
By Reverend Keith A. Gordon, About.com Guide
Mississippi Delta Blues
Born in the fertile Mississippi Delta where cotton was king, these are the blues artists that helped create the Delta blues sound.
Benefiting from the migration of Delta blues musicians to the big city, the Chicago blues were shaped by a mix of rural roots and urban life.
Early rock artists grew up on the blues from Chicago and the Mississippi Delta and by incorporating it into their music, created the genre known as blues-rock.
Characterized by a unique fingerpicked guitar style, the Piedmont Blues style was popular in the region of Virginia, the Carolinas, and parts of Georgia and Florida.
Country blues, which is also known as "folk blues," is a primarily an acoustic guitar-oriented type of blues from which many other styles are derived. It often incorporated elements of gospel, ragtime, hillbilly, and Dixieland jazz.