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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.
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
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-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
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
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term 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.
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
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.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
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
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
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.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
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
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
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
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
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.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Dr. John the Night Tripper Profile
Profile & discography for New Orleans bluesman Dr. John a/k/a Mac Rebennack
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
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.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Louisiana Red Profile
Profile & Discography for Louisiana Red
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.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers Profile
Profile and Discography for Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers
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.
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
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.
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Weekly Blues Music Report: The Mississippi...
Weekly Blues Music Report: The Mississippi Blues Diva Debuts!
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.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Brownie McGhee Profile
Profile of Piedmont bluesman Brownie McGhee, a folk-blues legend and a talented guitarist that is best known for his work with blues harpist Sonny Terry.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Hubert Sumlin Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, longtime member of Howlin' Wolf's band
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, 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.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD...
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Tab Benoit Profile
Profile & Discography for Louisiana Blues Guitarist Tab Benoit
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
Paul Rodgers & Free Profile
Profile & Discography For Paul Rodgers & Free
Book Review: Christopher Hjort - Strange Brew
Review of Christopher Hjort's Strange Brew, an encyclopedic documentary of the British blues boom, circa 1965-1970.
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
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
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Furry Lewis Profile
Profile of country bluesman Furry Lewis, popular guitarist and showman.
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.
Magic Sam Blues Band's 'Black Magic'
Credited to the Magic Sam Blues Band, 'Black Magic' would feature the great guitarist's final recording sessions. Released in 1968 and featuring a band of musical talents like saxophonist Eddie Shaw, pianist Lafayette Leake, and fellow guitarist Mighty Joe Young, this is Bob Koester's favorite Magic Sam album. Sadly, Magic Sam Maghett would die a year later, in 1969, of a heart attack. Page 4.
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
Omar Kent Dykes & Jimmie Vaughan - On The Jimmy...
Album review of On The Jimmy Reed Highway by Omar Kent Dykes and Jimmie Vaughan.
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
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Howlin' Wolf - Rockin' The Blues: Live In...
Review of Howlin' Wolf's Rockin' The Blues: Live In Germany 1964 album, an electrifying rare live document of the blues legend.
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Earl Hooker Profile
Profile of noted Chicago blues slide guitarist Earl Hooker.
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
Muddy Waters - One More Mile (1994)
Review of Muddy Waters' One More Mile Album, a hard-to-find but worth looking for compilation of the blues great's early material.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Pinetop Perkins Profile
Biography & discography for blues pianist Pinetop Perkins
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Beale Street Memphis
Definition of Beale Street Memphis, 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.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Blues Grammy Award Winners 2014
Blues Grammy Award Winners 2014
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live...
CD review of Jack Bruce & Robin Trower's Seven Moons Live album
Birmingham, Alabama
Definition of Birmingham, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Anders Osborne - Three Free Amigos EP (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Three Free Amigos EP
Roomful of Blues Profile
Profile of R&B influenced blues band Roomful of Blues, formed by noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard.
Dave Allen Profile
Profile and discography for Texas blues guitarist Dave Allen

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