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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.
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
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.
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
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
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Delbert McClinton Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Artist Delbert McClinton
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms 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 Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
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.
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.
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
David "Honeyboy" Edwards Profile
Profile and discography for Mississippi Delta bluesman David Honeyboy Edwards
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.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, 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.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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.
Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well (1973/1994)
Review of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album
Hubert Sumlin Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, longtime member of Howlin' Wolf's band
Koko Taylor - What It Takes The Chess Years...
Review of Koko Taylor's What It Takes - The Chess Years (Expanded Edition) album, a comprehensive look back at the blues singer's early years
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
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, 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.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
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.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Influential Modern Blues Guitarists
Profiles of six influential modern blues guitarists, including Albert King, Freddie King, Hubert Sumlin, Jimmy Rogers, Magic Sam and Otis Rush
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
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.
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
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
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.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, 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
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
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
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
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.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Something Wonky...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Something Wonky Goin’ On (Plus Keb’ Mo’)
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
ZZ Top Profile
When the band returned to work in 1979 with Deguello , they were sporting a more polished sound that
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
Charlie Musselwhite Profile
Profile of blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite, legendary Chicago blues musician and in-demand session player.
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
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
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
James Cotton Profile
Profile of blues harp player James Cotton, trained by the legendary Sonny Boy Williamson, a member of Muddy Waters' Band, and an dynamic solo artist.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Roomful of Blues Profile
Profile of R&B influenced blues band Roomful of Blues, formed by noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard.
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
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
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Dave Specter Interview (2014)
Interview with Chicago Blues Guitarist Dave Specter
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
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.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.
Honeydripper, a film by John Sayles
Honeydripper, a dramatic film by John Sayles, tells the story of the Honeydripper Lounge in Harmony,
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
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
Luther Allison Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Luther Allison
Duke Robillard Profile
Profile of blues musician Duke Robillard, founding member of Roomful of Blues and noted blues and jazz guitarist.
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
Bo Diddley Profile
Profile of rock and blues icon Bo Diddley, a six-string innovator and influential blues musician.
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
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Paul Rodgers & Free Profile
Profile & Discography For Paul Rodgers & Free
Mississippi Fred McDowell Profile
Profile of Delta bluesman Mississippi Fred McDowell, the influential blues singer and slide guitarist who helped define the North Mississippi Hill Country blues sound.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
Blues CDs New Releases - February 2014
New Blues CD releases for February 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Magic Sam - Live At The Avant Garde (2013)
Review of Magic Sam's Live At The Avant Garde Album
Dr. John the Night Tripper Profile
Profile & discography for New Orleans bluesman Dr. John a/k/a Mac Rebennack
Blind Blake Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues artist Blind Blake, the influential guitarist who helped define the finger-picked style.
Director John Sayles
John Sayles, director of the film Honeydripper. Page 2.
Mick Abrahams & Blodwyn Pig Profile
Profile & Discography for British Blues-Rock Band Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
George Thorogood Profile
Profile & discography of blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood and the Delaware Detroyers.
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
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live...
CD review of Jack Bruce & Robin Trower's Seven Moons Live album
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