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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.
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 Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
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
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 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
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.
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.
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
Jimi Hendrix - People, Hell and Angels (2013)
Review of Jimi Hendrix's People, Hell and Angels album
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
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
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Dave Specter Interview (2014)
Interview with Chicago Blues Guitarist Dave Specter
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Blues CDs New Releases - June 2014
New Blues CD releases for June 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
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.
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.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
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 Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Duane Allman Profile
Profile of late blues-rock slide guitarist Duane Allman, founder of the Allman Brothers Band and a notable studio musician. Allman also performed on the classic Derek & the Dominos album.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Big Bill Morganfield Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago bluesman Big Bill Morganfield, talented singer, songwriter, and slide-guitarist
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Greatest...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Greatest Hits album
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
House Party
Definition of house party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Walter Trout Status Update
Walter Trout Status Update
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Wang Dang Doodle
Definition of wang dang doodle, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well (1973/1994)
Review of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Interview with Greg "Stackhouse" Prevost
Interview with Blues-rock Guitarist Greg Stackhouse Prevost
Roy Buchanan Profile
Profile and Discography for blues-rock guitarist Roy Buchanan
Etta James Profile
Profile of rhythm & blues legend Etta James, a phenomenal singer capable of mixing blues, soul, rock, and jazz styles into a single powerful performance.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Blues Bites - May 2013
About.com Blues Bites Column for May 2013 featuring Guitar Guys like Bart Walker, Duke Robillard, Eric Gales, and Ronnie Earl
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Janiva Magness Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues Singer Janiva Magness
2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
About.com Blues List of 2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
John Mayall - A Special Life (2014)
Review of John Mayall's A Special Life album
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
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
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
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.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
John Hammond Profile
Profile and discography for legendary acoustic bluesman John Hammond
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Taj Mahal Profile
Profile of multi-instrumentalist blues artist Taj Mahal
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
Alan Wilson - The Blind Owl (2013)
Review of Canned Heat founder Alan Wilson's The Blind Owl album
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
New Releases in Blues Music for May 2014
New Blues CD releases for May 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Furry Lewis Profile
Profile of country bluesman Furry Lewis, popular guitarist and showman.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
John Mayall - Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton...
Album review of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton, a groundbreaking British blues album that popularized American blues music with young British rock fans.
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Blues CDs New Releases - January 2014
New Blues CD releases for January 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
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.
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live...
CD review of Jack Bruce & Robin Trower's Seven Moons Live album
Joe Bonamassa - Live From The Royal Albert Hall...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Live From The Royal Albert Hall DVD, a two-disc set featuring a dynamic performance by the blues-rock guitarist and special guest Eric Clapton
Duane Allman - An Anthology (1972)
Review of blues-rock guitarist Duane Allman's An Anthology album, a two-disc collection of the artist's session work and Allman Brothers Band material.
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Sonny Landreth Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Sonny Landreth, acclaimed solo artist and an in-demand studio professional.
Long John Baldry - The Best of the Stony Plain...
Review of Long John Baldry's The Best of the Stony Plain Years
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
It's A Blues Christmas!
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Blues CDs New Releases - April 2014
New Blues CD releases for April 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Luther Allison Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Luther Allison
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Freddie King - The Complete King Federal...
Review of Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles album
Charlie Musselwhite Profile
Profile of blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite, legendary Chicago blues musician and in-demand session player.
Keb' Mo' Profile
Profile and discography for acoustic bluesman Keb' Mo'
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.
Gov't Mule Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Govt Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes
Hubert Sumlin Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, longtime member of Howlin' Wolf's band
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.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Big Mama Thornton - With the Muddy Waters Blues...
Album review of With The Muddy Waters Blues Band 1966 by Big Mama Thornton, performing with Muddy Waters, Otis Spann, and James Cotton.
Tommy Castro and Magic Dick on the Legendary...
Interview with Tommy Castro and Magic Dick of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.
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