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Glossary of Blues Terms

A glossary of commonly-used blues terms, including Delta slang and musical definitions.

Alligator Records
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Arhoolie Records
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

B.B. King
Definition of B.B. King, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Back Door Man
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Balling The Jack
Definition of blues slang phrase balling the jack

Barrelhouse
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Beale Street
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Birmingham, Alabama
Definition of Birmingham, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Black Cat Bone
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Blind Pig Records
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Blues Singers
Definition of blues singers, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Boogie-Woogie
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Bootleg
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Bourbon Street
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Canned Heat
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Chess Records
Definition of Chess Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Chitlin' Circuit
Definition of chitlin' circuit, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Clarksdale, Mississippi
Definition of Clarksdale Mississippi, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Cuttin' Heads
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Delmark Records
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Delta (Mississippi Delta)
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Dust My Broom
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Eric Clapton
Definition of Eric Clapton, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Fat Possum Records
Definition of Fat Possum Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Gandy Dancers
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Freddy King
Definition of Freddy King, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Gris-Gris
Definition of gris-gris, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Harp (Harmonica)
Definition of harp, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Hendrix Jimi
Definition of Jimi Hendrix, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Highway 61
Definition of Highway 61, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Hoodoo
Definition of hoodoo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

House Party
Definition of house party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Indianola, Mississippi
Definition of Indianola Mississippi, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Jeff Healy
Definition of Jeff Healey, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Jive (blues slang)
Definition of jive, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Jimmy Page
Definition of Jimmy Page Guitar, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

John the Conqueroo
Definition of JOhn the Conqueroo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Jug Band
Definition of jug band, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Juke Joint
Definition of juke joint, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Kansas City
Definition of Kansas City, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

King Records
Definition of King Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Led Zeppelin
Definition of Led Zeppelin, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Lucille, B B King's Guitar
Definition of Lucille, B.B. King's guitar, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Maxwell Street, Chicago
Definition of Maxwell Street, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Modern Records
Definition of Modern Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Mojo
Definition of mojo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Moonshine
Definition of moonshine, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Paramount Records
Definition of Paramount Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Parchman Farm
Definition of Parchman Farm, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Rent Party
Definition of rent party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Roadhouse
Definition of roadhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
Definition of "Sweet Home Chicago," a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

St. Louis Blues
Definition of St. Louis Blues, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Slide Guitar
Definition of slide guitar, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Specialty Records
Definition of Specialty Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Stagger Lee
Definition of Stagger Lee, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Sun Records
Definition of Sun Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Voodoo
Definition of voodoo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

Wang Dang Doodle
Definition of wang dang doodle, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

ZZ Top
Definition of ZZ Top, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

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