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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.
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
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.
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
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.
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.
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
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
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
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.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
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.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
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
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, 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.
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
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Something Wonky...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Something Wonky Goin’ On (Plus Keb’ Mo’)
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
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.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Hubert Sumlin Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, longtime member of Howlin' Wolf's band
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Gov't Mule Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Govt Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Album cover for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's self-titled debut album. Page 5.
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
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Blues Music's Most Underrated Sidemen
The About.com Blues List of the Most Underrated Sidemen in Blues Music
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Live In Concert DVD...
Preview of Johnny Guitar Watson's Live In Concert DVD, which features a 1993 performance from the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
Duke Robillard Profile
Profile of blues musician Duke Robillard, founding member of Roomful of Blues and noted blues and jazz guitarist.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Janiva Magness Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues Singer Janiva Magness
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
Nick Moss Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago bluesman Nick Moss
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Jimi Hendrix – Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1994)
CD cover for Jimi Hendrix's Blues. Page 8.
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
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
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Big Walter Horton Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues harpist Big Walter Horton, an unsung hero of the Chicago blues scene of the 1950s.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
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.
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
Wang Dang Doodle
Definition of wang dang doodle, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Juke Joint
Definition of juke joint, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
Mick Abrahams & Blodwyn Pig Profile
Profile & Discography for British Blues-Rock Band Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Alexis Korner Profile
Profile of blues musician and bandleader Alexis Korner, known as the Father of British Blues, mentor to musicians like Mick Jagger and Keith Richards of the Rolling Stones.
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
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
The Reverend's Favorite Blues Artists
The Reverend lists his favorite blues artists and their albums
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
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
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Jack Bruce & Robin Trower - Seven Moons Live...
CD review of Jack Bruce & Robin Trower's Seven Moons Live album
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Dave Specter Interview (2014)
Interview with Chicago Blues Guitarist Dave Specter
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
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 Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Hubert Sumlin - Traditional Blues Male Artist...
Hubert Sumlin - Traditional Blues Male Artist of the Year. Page 5.
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.
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue (2014)
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades of Blue album
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Marcia Ball Profile
Profile & discography for blues pianist Marcia Ball
Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest (2014)
Review of Joe Louis Walker's Hornet's Nest album
Nick Moss and the Flip Tops - Live At Chan's -...
Review of Nick Moss and the Flip Tops' Live At Chan's - Combo Platter No. 2, a scorching live album that captures the band's red hot sound on tape.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
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.
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Jive (blues slang)
Definition of jive, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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
The Holmes Brothers' State of Grace - Soul...
CD cover for the Holmes Brothers' State of Grace - Soul Blues Album of the Year. Page 15.
Warren Haynes Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and founder of Gov't Mule
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.
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
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