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2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
Joe Bonamassa Profile
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
Blues Styles: Mississippi Delta Blues
Definition of the Mississippi Delta blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Mississippi Delta blues style.
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.
Blues Music Awards 2013
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
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
Blues Album For Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
The Heaviest Blues-Rock Bands
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.
Ten Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
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
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry - Going Back Home...
Review of Wilko Johnson & Roger Daltry's Going Back Home album
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Blues CDs New Release - March 2014
New Blues CD releases for March 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
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.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall, founder of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, mentor of Eric Clapton, Peter Green, and future members of Fleetwood Mac.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest (2014)
Review of Joe Louis Walker's Hornet's Nest 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
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Ma Rainey Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Gary Moore Profile
Profile & discography for blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Eric Bibb Profile
Profile and discography for acoustic blues guitarist Eric Bibb
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Nick Moss Band - Time Ain't Free (2014)
Review of the Nick Moss Band's Time Ain't Free album
Gov't Mule Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Govt Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
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.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Little Walter Profile
Born: May 1, 1930 in Marksville LA Died: February 15, 1968 in Chicago IL More than any other harp-slinger,
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
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.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
John Hammond Profile
Profile and discography for legendary acoustic bluesman John Hammond
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Piedmont Blues Pioneers
Profiles of Piedmont Blues Pioneers
Blues Festival Calendar 2013
Details and information on 2013 Blues Festivals
It's A Blues Christmas!
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
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.
Roy Buchanan Profile
Profile and Discography for blues-rock guitarist Roy Buchanan
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
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
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
ZZ Top Profile
When the band returned to work in 1979 with Deguello , they were sporting a more polished sound that
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Michael Bloomfield Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Michael Bloomfield
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (2014)
Review of Paul Rodgers' The Royal Sessions album
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
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.
Magic Sam Maghett Profile
Born: February 14, 1937 in Grenada MS Died: December 1, 1969 in Chicago IL In an overcrowded field that
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Mojo
Definition of mojo, 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.
Grady Champion - Back in Mississippi Live at...
Review of Grady Champion's Back in Mississippi Live at the 930 Blues Café Album
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (2013)
Review of Tedeschi Trucks Band's Made Up Mind album
Luther Allison Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Luther Allison
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Warren Haynes Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Warren Haynes, guitarist for the Allman Brothers Band and founder of Gov't Mule
Freddie King - The Complete King Federal...
Review of Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles album
John the Conqueroo
Definition of John the Conqueroo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Nick Moss Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago bluesman Nick Moss
Pinetop Perkins Profile
Biography & discography for blues pianist Pinetop Perkins
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.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - The Devil...
Review of Tommy Castro and the Painkiller's The Devil You Know album
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Blues CDs New Releases - January 2014
New Blues CD releases for January 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
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.
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.
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
Tab Benoit Profile
Profile & Discography for Louisiana Blues Guitarist Tab Benoit
Blues CDs New Releases - October 2013
New Blues CD releases for October 2013, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
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.
Alan Wilson - The Blind Owl (2013)
Review of Canned Heat founder Alan Wilson's The Blind Owl album
The Bluesmasters - The Bluesmasters featuring...
Review of The Bluesmasters featuring Mickey Thomas Album
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Peter Guralnick - Searching For Robert Johnson...
Review of Peter Guralnick's Searching For Robert Johnson book, a lengthy essay on the importance and influence of the blues legend
The Jimi Hendrix Experience - Electric Ladyland...
Review of the Jimi Hendrix Experience's Electric Ladyland album, the landmark work upon which the guitarist's legacy is based
George Thorogood Profile
Profile & discography of blues-rock guitarist George Thorogood and the Delaware Detroyers.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Otis Rush Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, one of the progenitors of the West Side blues style.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.

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