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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
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.
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
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
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.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock 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.
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
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
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
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
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.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
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.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
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 Devil's Music
An overview of popular blues songs associated with the devil by artists like Robert Johnson, Charley Patton, Brownie McGhee and others.
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Luther Allison Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Luther Allison
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
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.
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
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Gary Moore Profile
Profile & discography for blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
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.
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
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Otis Taylor Profile
Profile of blues artist Otis Taylor, a multi-instrumental talent that provides guitar, harp, and banjo to his unique country-blues sound.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Bukka White Profile
Profile and biography of popular country bluesman Booker T. 'Bukka' Washington White.
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD...
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
Buddy Moss Profile
Profile of Piedmont bluesman Buddy Moss, skilled guitarist and harmonica player
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
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.
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Ray Charles - Genius The Ultimate Ray Charles...
Review of Ray Charles' Genius - The Ultimate Ray Charles Collection album, a 21-song collection featuring the best of Brother Ray's songs from the 1950s and '60s.
Earl Hooker Profile
Profile of noted Chicago blues slide guitarist Earl Hooker.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
The Sky Is Crying (Epic Records, 1991)
CD cover of Stevie Ray Vaughan's The Sky Is Crying. Page 9.
Bobby "Blue" Bland Profile
Profile and Discography for blues and soul singer Bobby Blue Bland
Eric Bibb Profile
Profile and discography for acoustic blues guitarist Eric Bibb
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Memphis Minnie Profile
Profile of legendary blues guitarist Memphis Minnie, a six-string innovator and a notable artist of the 1930s Chicago blues scene.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
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.
Al Wilson of Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for Canned Heat's Al 'Blind Owl' Wilson, an underrated blues-rock guitarist and harmonica player
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
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.
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
Dave Specter Interview (2014)
Interview with Chicago Blues Guitarist Dave Specter
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Sound Exchange Is Still Looking For Blues...
About.com Blues list of blues artists owed money by Sound Exchange
Omar Kent Dykes Profile
Profile and discography for Omar Kent Dykes of Omar & the Howlers
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers Profile
Profile and Discography for Hound Dog Taylor & the HouseRockers
ZZ Top Profile
When the band returned to work in 1979 with Deguello , they were sporting a more polished sound that
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue (2014)
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades of Blue album
Otis Rush 'All Your Love I Miss Loving Live At...
Recorded live in 1976, Otis Rush's 'All Your Love I Miss Loving: Live At The Wise Fool's Pub Chicago' remained lost and unreleased until 2005. Rush and his band had recently recorded their 1976 album 'Cold Day In Hell' when this live performance was broadcast on Chicago's WXRT-FM radio, and later provided on tape to blues radio programs to promote 'Cold Day In Hell'. This live set display's Rush's guitar prowess and features the efforts of one of the best Chicago blues bands. Page 7.
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Palmer - Deep Blues book review
Review of Deep Blues by Robert Palmer, a classic cultural history of the Mississippi blues.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Couldn't...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Couldn't Stand The Weather album
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.
Mojo
Definition of mojo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Robert Nighthawk's 'Bricks On My Pillow'
A collection of material recorded in 1951 and 1952, Robert Nighthawk's 'Bricks On My Pillow' cast the talented blues guitarist's work in an entirely different light at the time of its 1977 release. Nighthawk provided an important stylistic bridge between the Mississippi Delta and the young Chicago blues scene of the 1940s and '50s, his raging slide guitar style influencing blues artists like Muddy Waters, Elmore James, and B.B. King. Page 8.
John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson Profile: Born: March 30, 1914 in Jackson TN Died: June 1, 1948 in Chicago
2013 Blues Blast Music Awards
List of the 2013 Blues Blast Music Awards winners & nominees
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Scrapper Blackwell Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Scrapper Blackwell
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
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Buddy Guy's I Was Walking Through The Woods
Album cover for Buddy Guy's I Was Walking Through The Woods. Page 7.
Birmingham, Alabama
Definition of Birmingham, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Danny Gatton Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Danny Gatton

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