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All About Blues Legend B.B. KIng
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
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
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
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.
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
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.
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
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.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
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
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
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.
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.
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
About.com Blues List of 2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Roomful of Blues Profile
Profile of R&B influenced blues band Roomful of Blues, formed by noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard.
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
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.
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
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.
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Memphis Minnie Profile
Profile of legendary blues guitarist Memphis Minnie, a six-string innovator and a notable artist of the 1930s Chicago blues scene.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Bo Diddley Profile
Profile of rock and blues icon Bo Diddley, a six-string innovator and influential blues musician.
B.B.King - Definition of B. B. King
Definition of b.b.king, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Jimi Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1994)
CD cover for Jimi Hendrix's Blues. Page 8.
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Maxwell Street, Chicago
Definition of Maxwell Street, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Michael Bloomfield Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield
Dr. John the Night Tripper Profile
Profile & discography for New Orleans bluesman Dr. John a/k/a Mac Rebennack
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
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Isaac Hayes Profile
Profile of Memphis soul legend Isaac Hayes, architect of the Memphis soul sound and influential rhythm and blues pioneer.
Taj Mahal Profile
Profile of multi-instrumentalist blues artist Taj Mahal
King Records
Definition of King Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan - In...
Review the Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughan In Session album, a 1983 collaboration between the two great blues guitarists.
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.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
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.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Forward, Into The Past
Weekly Blues Music Report: Forward, Into The Past
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Jimi Hendrix Experience – Axis: Bold As...
CD cover for Jimi Hendrix Experience's Axis: Bold As Love. Page 2.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
John Hammond Profile
Profile and discography for legendary acoustic bluesman John Hammond
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Are You Experienced...
CD cover for Jimi Hendrix Experience's Are You Experienced
Willie Dixon Profile
Profile of noted blues songwriter, producer, and bass player Willie Dixon, one of the driving forces behind the blues music successes of Chicago's Chess Records
Bo Diddley - Ride On: The Chess Masters,...
Review of Bo Diddley's Ride On The Chess Masters 1960-1961 album, the third in Hip-O Select's chronological series covering Diddley's career
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Sonny Terry Profile
Profile of beloved Piedmont bluesman and harp player Sonny Terry, longtime partner of guitarist Brownie McGhee.
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Mojo
Definition of mojo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers Profile
Profile and Discography for Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
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
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Warren Haynes Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and founder of Gov't Mule
Bukka White Profile
Profile and biography of popular country bluesman Booker T. 'Bukka' Washington White.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band - An Anthology:...
Review of the Paul Butterfield Blues Band's An Anthology: The Elektra Years, a two-disc collection of 33 of the Chicago blues pioneers' best songs
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview. Blues.
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Clarence Gatemouth Brown, talented guitarist and influential roots musician that mixed electric blues music with elements of country, jazz, and Cajun sounds.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Buddy Guy's I Was Walking Through The Woods
Album cover for Buddy Guy's I Was Walking Through The Woods. Page 7.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Reunion...
Legendary Rhythm & Blues Cruise Reunion Weekend
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Doheny Blues Festival 2014
Doheny Blues Festival 2014
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
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.
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Buddy Moss Profile
Profile of Piedmont bluesman Buddy Moss, skilled guitarist and harmonica player
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Ram John Holder - Black London Blues/Bootleg...
Review of Ram John Holder's Black London Blues & Bootleg Blues albums
Blues News Update: Muddy Waters' House, Ben...
Blues News Update: Muddy Waters' House, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Piedmont Blues Pioneers
Profiles of Piedmont Blues Pioneers
Charlie Musselwhite Profile
Profile of blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite, legendary Chicago blues musician and in-demand session player.
Finis Tasby Still Needs Our Help!
Finis Tasby Still Needs Our Help!
Blues Bites - November 2013
About.com Blues Bites column For November 2013 featuring reviews of albums from Jonny Lang, Leslie West, Mick Abrahams, Samantha Fish and Shawn Holt & the Teardrops

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