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Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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
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 Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
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.
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.
Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well (1973/1994)
Review of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album
10 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 Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
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 The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
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.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Johny Winter - True To The Blues: The Johnny...
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
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 - June 2014
New Blues CD releases for June 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
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.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
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.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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 Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Long John Baldry - The Best of the Stony Plain...
Review of Long John Baldry's The Best of the Stony Plain Years
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Janiva Magness Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues Singer Janiva Magness
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term 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
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
John Mayall - A Special Life (2014)
Review of John Mayall's A Special Life album
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Blues Harpist Pat Ramsey, R.I.P.
Obituary for blues harpist Pat Ramsey of the beloved Florida blues-rock band Pat Ramsey & the Blues Disciples.
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Johnny Winter - The Johnny Winter Anthology...
Review of Johnny Winter's The Johnny Winter Anthology album, a two-disc retrospective that captures the best of the blues-rock guitar legend's '70s recordings, with a smattering of great material from the 1980s and '90s.
Robert Palmer - Deep Blues book review
Review of Deep Blues by Robert Palmer, a classic cultural history of the Mississippi blues.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
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
Blues Festival Calendar 2013
Details and information on 2013 Blues Festivals
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
New Releases in Blues Music for May 2014
New Blues CD releases for May 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Johnny Winter - 3rd Degree (1986)
Review of Johnny Winter's 3rd Degree album
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
Lone Star Shoot-out: The Best of the Texas...
About.com Blues List of the Six Best Texas Blues Artists
House Party
Definition of house party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Dave Allen Profile
Profile and discography for Texas blues guitarist Dave Allen
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
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.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
Furry Lewis Profile
Profile of country bluesman Furry Lewis, popular guitarist and showman.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Son Seals Profile
Son Seals Profile: Born: August 13, 1942 in Osceola AR Died: December 20, 2004 in Chicago IL Frank "Son"
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.
Charlie Musselwhite Profile
Profile of blues harp player Charlie Musselwhite, legendary Chicago blues musician and in-demand session player.
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Greatest...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Greatest Hits album
The Healers - Live At Knuckleheads (2013)
Review of The Healers' Live At Knuckleheads album
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
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.
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
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
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Essential Blues Harp Masters
'> Photo courtesy Price Grabber Whether you call it a harmonica, a mouth harp, or even by the antique
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.
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.
The Bluesmasters - The Bluesmasters featuring...
Review of The Bluesmasters featuring Mickey Thomas Album
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
Stevie Ray Vaughan - Texas Flood (1983/2013)
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Texas Flood album
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Gordon - 'Can't Be Satisfied' Book...
Book review of Robert Gordon's Can't Be Satisfied: The Life and Times of Muddy Waters, a comprehensive biography of the blues legend's life and music.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Joe Louis Walker - Hornet's Nest (2014)
Review of Joe Louis Walker's Hornet's Nest album
Mick Abrahams & Blodwyn Pig Profile
Profile & Discography for British Blues-Rock Band Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig
Mojo
Definition of mojo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
Gov't Mule Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Govt Mule with guitarist Warren Haynes
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.
Wang Dang Doodle
Definition of wang dang doodle, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
Willie King Profile
Profile of Alabama bluesman Willie King, Delta blues-inspired artist, socially-conscious songwriter, and community activist.
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Lonnie Johnson Profile
Profile of influential blues and jazz guitarist Lonnie Johnson, whose impact can be heard in the blues music of B.B. King and T-Bone Walker as well as the jazz styles of Charlie Christian.
Roy Buchanan Profile
Profile and Discography for blues-rock guitarist Roy Buchanan
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
Sonny Terry Profile
Profile of beloved Piedmont bluesman and harp player Sonny Terry, longtime partner of guitarist Brownie McGhee.
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Overlooked Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Overlooked Blues Artists of the Early Blues Era
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Robert Lockwood Jr. Profile
Profile & discography for Delta bluesman Robert Lockwood Jr.
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Nick Moss Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago bluesman Nick Moss
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
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.
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