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Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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.
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
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
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.
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
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 Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
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.
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 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
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, 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 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: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
House Party
Definition of house party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
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.
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
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
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
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
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
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.
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
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.
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood (1983/2013)
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Texas Flood album
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
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
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
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
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Dave Allen Profile
Profile and discography for Texas blues guitarist Dave Allen
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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.
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
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
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
About.com Blues List of 2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
George Smith & The Chicago Blues Band - Blues...
Review of George Smith & The Chicago Blues Band's Blues With A Feeling: A Tribute To Little Walter Album
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview. Blues.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
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.
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue 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.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Otis Rush Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, one of the progenitors of the West Side blues style.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
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
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Bukka White Profile
Profile and biography of popular country bluesman Booker T. 'Bukka' Washington White.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
Danny Gatton Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Guitarist Danny Gatton
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
Blind Willie McTell Profile
Profile of Piedmont bluesman Blind Willie McTell, a 12-string guitar master from Georgia.
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
2013 Blues Holiday Gift Guide
2013 Blues Gift Guide with the Reverend's Christmas & Holilday Gift Recommendations
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Charlie Musselwhite - Juke Joint Chapel (2013)
Review of Charlie Musselwhite's Juke Joint Chapel album
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD...
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
Jimi Hendrix - Jimi Hendrix: Blues (1994)
Album review of Blues by Jimi Hendrix, a classic collection that spotlights the great rock guitarist's significant contributions to blues music and blues-rock music.
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Janiva Magness Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues Singer Janiva Magness
Blind Blake Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues artist Blind Blake, the influential guitarist who helped define the finger-picked style.
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
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
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.
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (2014)
Review of Paul Rodgers' The Royal Sessions album
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Ronnie Earl CD Preview. Blues.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Weekly Blues Music Report: The Piano Man Returns!
Weekly Blues Music Report: The Piano Man Returns!
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.
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (2013)
Review of Tedeschi Trucks Band's Made Up Mind album
ZZ Top Profile
When the band returned to work in 1979 with Deguello , they were sporting a more polished sound that
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Live In Amsterdam
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Live In Amsterdam
The Fabulous Thunderbirds Profile
Profile of Texas blues band the Fabulous Thunderbirds, starring Kim Wilson.

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