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Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Ten Early Blues Artists
These are the ten crucial artists that helped define the genre of the blues. Their early recordings and performances served to influence a generation of blues artists to follow. Whether you're a fan of the blues or a newcomer to the music, this is the place to start.
Blues CDs New Releases - October 2014
New Blues CD releases for October 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
6 Bands That Brought the Blues to Rock
Profiles of the six heaviest blues-rock bands, those that brought thunder & lightning to their blues-rock sound and thus created the genre known as heavy metal.
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
How do 'Delta Blues' Differ From Other Styles?
Definition of the Mississippi Delta blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Mississippi Delta blues style.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue (2014)
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades of Blue album
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
Isaac Hayes Profile
Profile of Memphis soul legend Isaac Hayes, architect of the Memphis soul sound and influential rhythm and blues pioneer.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Ronnie Earl CD Preview. Blues.
Walter Trout Status Update
Walter Trout Status Update. Blues.
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview. Blues.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
The Devil's Music
An overview of popular blues songs associated with the devil by artists like Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Brownie McGhee and others.
Blues CDs New Releases - November/December 2014
New Blues CD releases for November and December 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live...
CD review of Jack Bruce & Robin Trower's Seven Moons Live album
Bobby Rush Profile
Profile of folk-funk bluesman Bobby Rush, whose unique blend of soul, blues, and funk music has made the artist a popular live performer.
Roomful of Blues Profile
Profile of R&B influenced blues band Roomful of Blues, formed by noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard.
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Blues CDs New Releases - August 2014
New Blues CD releases for August 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Blues CDs New Releases - September 2014
New Blues CD releases for September 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
It's A Blues Christmas!
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
2013 Blues Blast Music Awards
List of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards winners & nominees
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Blues CDs New Releases - July 2014
New Blues CD releases for July 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Delbert & Glen - Blind, Crippled and Crazy (2013)
Review of Delbert & Glen's Blind, Crippled and Crazy album
Lucille, Guitar Owned By B B King
Definition of Lucille, guitar owned by B B King, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
Various Artists - Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz...
Review of the Ann Arbor Blues & Jazz Festival 1972 album featuring performances by Koko Taylor, Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and other blues greats
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Delbert McClinton Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Artist Delbert McClinton
Freddie King - The Complete King Federal...
Review of Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles album
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Seasick Steve's Debut
Weekly Blues Music Report: Seasick Steve's Debut
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Weekly Blues Music Report: Happy New Year!
Weekly Blues Music Report: Happy New Year!
Blues Bites - September 2014
Blues Bites CD Review Column for September 2014 featuring reviews of recent albums from Dave Mason, Ian Siegal, Rick Estrin and the Nightcats, Ronnie Earl and the Broadcasters, and the Nighthawks
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Sonny Terry Profile
Profile of beloved Piedmont bluesman and harp player Sonny Terry, longtime partner of guitarist Brownie McGhee.
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Taste Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock band Taste, featuring guitarist Rory Gallagher, called back for seven encores at the 1970 Isle of Wight Festival.
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Raitt Returns,...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Raitt Returns, Tedeschi Trucks Back!
Junior Wells Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Junior Wells, master of the blues harp, former Muddy Waters Band member and frequent performing partner of blues guitarist Buddy Guy.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Eric Clapton Profile
Profile of legendary British blues-rock guitarist Eric Clapton, who has played with bands such as John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, Cream, and Derek & the Dominos as well as pursuing a significant solo career over the past 30+ years.
Blues CDs New Release - March 2014
New Blues CD releases for March 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (2014)
Review of Paul Rodgers' The Royal Sessions album
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Liven Up The Chart!
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Reunion...
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Reunion Weekend
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Robert "Barbecue Bob" Hicks Profile
Born: September 11, 1902 in Walnut Grove GA Died: October 21, 1931 in Lithonia GA Robert Hicks, a/k/a
Memphis Minnie Profile
Profile of legendary blues guitarist Memphis Minnie, a six-string innovator and a notable artist of the 1930s Chicago blues scene.
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Nick Moss Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago bluesman Nick Moss
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Hommage To The Blues (Flashback, 1991 bootleg)
CD cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Hommage To The Blues. Page 10.
Fleetwood Mac Profile
Profile of British blues-rock band Fleetwood Mac, formed by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers alumnus Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in 1967.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
The Yardbirds Profile
Profile of British blues-rock band the Yardbirds, featuring Eric Clapton, Jeff Beck, and Jimmy Page, three guitarists that would influence the future of rock music and launch the Yardbirds to international stardom.
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1994)
Album review of Blues by Jimi Hendrix, a classic collection that spotlights the great rock guitarist's significant contributions to blues music and blues-rock music.
Shemekia Copeland Profile
Biography and discography for Blues Singer Shemekia Copeland
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Dave Specter Interview (2014)
Interview with Chicago Blues Guitarist Dave Specter
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Weekly Blues Music Report: New Rules, Chaos...
Weekly Blues Music Report: New Rules, Chaos Ensues!
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
Blues News Update: Allman Brothers Lose Haynes...
Blues News Update: Allman Brothers Lose Haynes & Trucks
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