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The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
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.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
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.
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.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
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.
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.
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
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
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
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 Christmas Gift Guide
Christmas Gift Guide 2010 for the Blues music fan
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
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
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
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
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
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.
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Walter Trout Status Update
Walter Trout Status Update. Blues.
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, 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.
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview. Blues.
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Ronnie Earl CD Preview. Blues.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
2013 Blues Holiday Gift Guide
2013 Blues Gift Guide with the Reverend's Christmas & Holilday Gift Recommendations
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Freddie King - The Complete King Federal...
Review of Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles album
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (2013)
Review of Tedeschi Trucks Band's Made Up Mind album
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
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
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, 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
Marcia Ball Profile
Profile & discography for blues pianist Marcia Ball
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
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.
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
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.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
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
Charlie Musselwhite - Juke Joint Chapel (2013)
Review of Charlie Musselwhite's Juke Joint Chapel album
Rolling Stones Gear: Book Review & Author...
Rolling Stones Gear: Book Review & Author Interview
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
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.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
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
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.
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
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
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Liven Up The Chart!
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
John Hammond Profile
Profile and discography for legendary acoustic bluesman John Hammond
Charlie Musselwhite - Rough Dried: Live At The...
Review of Charlie Musselwhite's Rough Dried: Live At The Triple Door album, a scorching collection of red-hot live performances.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Blues News Update: Muddy Waters' House, Ben...
Blues News Update: Muddy Waters' House, Ben Harper & Charlie Musselwhite
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
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.
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
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
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.
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD...
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
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.
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
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.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Robert Cray's Big...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Robert Cray's Big Debut!
Various Artists - The Alligator Records...
Review of The Alligator Records Christmas Collection album
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
John Mayall - Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton...
Album review of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers With Eric Clapton, a groundbreaking British blues album that popularized American blues music with young British rock fans.
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.
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.
Jimmy Rogers Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Jimmy Rogers, an early member of the Muddy Waters Band
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
Memphis Minnie Profile
Profile of legendary blues guitarist Memphis Minnie, a six-string innovator and a notable artist of the 1930s Chicago blues scene.

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