The Best Of The Blues Songs, Albums, Artists
2013 Blues Holiday Gift Guide
2013 Blues Gift Guide with the Reverend's Christmas & Holilday Gift Recommendations
The Best Blues Albums of 2012
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2012
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2012
About.com List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2012
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2012
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2012
2012 Blues Christmas & Holiday Gift Guide
2012 Blues Gift Guide with the Reverend's Christmas & Holilday Gift Recommendations
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas Bluesmen
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
Alligator Records Albums of the Month 2011
About.com Blues List of Alligator Records Album of the Month
The Best Blues Albums of 2011
List of the Best Blues Albums of 2011
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2011
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2011
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2011
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2011
2011 Blues Gift Guide
2011 Blues Gift Guide with the Reverend's Christmas Gift Recommendations
Blues Album For Beginners
The enormous width and depth of blues music can prove to be somewhat daunting for the new fan. Ranging from early Chicago blues to Texas blues-rock, from British blues-rock to acoustic Piedmont blues , these are the albums that you should start your blues collection with. If this list is a little light on Mississippi Delta blues , it s not for...
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Blues Albums You Might Have Missed In 2010
You've read our list of the best blues albums of 2010 , but there were also a number of outstanding releases from very talented artists that you may have overlooked during the year. These were albums that were either overlooked, were self-released and under-promoted, or were just unfairly overshadowed by the wealth of great blues music that...
The Best Blues Albums of 2010
As far as blues music goes, 2010 started out slow but has gradually picked up steam as it reaches the halfway point. We've heard excellent recordings from a handful of blues veterans, the welcome return of several long-lost blues prodigies, a wonderful posthumous album, and even a couple of (relatively) new faces. Here are the Reverend's picks...
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2010
The Blues Foundation added a separate "blues-rock" category to its annual Blues Music Awards last year, a welcome move that recognizes and honors the popularity and influence of the genre on contemporary blues music. You've already see our choices for the best blues albums of the year, here are the Reverend's choices for the best blues-rock...
Blues Guitar Songbooks
One of the best ways for a young guitarist to connect with the blues is through instructional songbooks. The blues isn't a difficult music to learn to play, but it's difficult enough to learn to play well. Songbooks, with both standard notation and tablature, provide the young blues fan and beginning guitarist with a solid foundation to build...
The Best Blues Albums of 2009
For blues fans, the first half of 2009 have been a real humdinger! During the last six months, we've seen earth-shakin' live discs from the legendary Charlie Musselwhite and legend-in-the-making Nick Moss; liver-quivering new albums from talented axe-slingers Duke Robillard and Ronnie Earl; and groovy new tunes from young – but-seasoned – blues veterans like Shemekia Copeland, John Nemeth, and more....
Since The Blues Foundation sees fit to begin a separate "blues-rock" music category in its annual Blues Music Awards nominations, who am I to veer away from this conventional wisdom? You've already read our selections for the best blues albums of the year, here are the Reverend's picks for the best blues-rock albums of…
The Best Blues Albums of the 2000s
Thousands of blues albums were released in the years between 2000 and 2009, and the decade not only brought us exciting, late-career masterpieces from blues veterans like B.B. King and Buddy Guy but also introduced us to fresh young talents like Nick Moss and Watermelon Slim that will continue to entertain us for years. Although it's a monster chore to distill hundreds of worthy blues releases do…
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
People are always asking me, "Rev, you're always talking about the blues, but who are your favorite blues artists?" Truthfully, your humble scribe came to the blues via blues-rock artists of the 1960s and '70s that, to a man, confessed their love and adoration for bluesmen like Muddy Waters and The Reverend's Favorite Blues Artists
People are always asking me, "Rev, you're always talking about the blues, but who are your favorite blues artists?" Well, let me first say that while I have a lot of love in my heart for contemporary bluesmen (and women) like Tommy Castro, Big Bill Morganfield, Nick Moss, and others, the ten artists below are those that taught me to love the blues. My favorite blues-rock artists will be outlined …
Six Blues Artists To Watch In 2010
So-called pundits that wouldn't know their Magic Sam from their Magic Slim have been proclaiming the death of the blues for eons now. The truth of the matter is that blues music carries on, and the rise of talents like John Nemeth, Eric Lindell, and Watermelon Slim over the past decade proves that fresh blood and talent will keep the blues alive. Here are six young blues talents to watch during t…
The Ten Best Chicago Blues Songs
The blues may have been born in the Mississippi Delta, but Chicago is the place that the music became a lasting part of American musical culture. With blues music pioneers like Big Bill Broonzy, Tampa Red, and Best Blues Records of 2008
There may have been a crisis of confidence in the music industry at large as record buyers continued to defect to digital downloads and CD sales dropped a whopping 20% in 2008 over the previous year. It was a great year for the blues, though, as artists both old and new released some of the most vital and creative music of their careers. These are the best blues albums of a great year for blues m…
Born Under A Bad Sign
The history of blues music is full of bad luck songs of one sort or another. Bad luck as a lyrical theme can take a lot of forms, from straight up sufferin' because of the vagaries of Fate, or bad luck in love due to romantic ills. In other cases, it can be as simple as being broke, or as painful as a toothache. In any event, if you're indeed "born under a bad sign," you'll be singing a bad luck …
It's A Blues Christmas!
The often dour nature of the blues, with its focus on realism and quest for authenticity, doesn't always make for happy holiday music. As such, blues music as a genre doesn't tend to cash in on Christmas as frequently (or as boldly) as, say country music or early rock & roll artists. Still, a number of fine Christmas collections are available for those who enjoy a "blues Christmas," and the follo…