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Ten Great 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.
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
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
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
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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.
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
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.
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
List of Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
Blues Christmas Gift Guide
Christmas Gift Guide 2010 for the Blues music fan
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
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.
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
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.
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
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.
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
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.
Blues Guitar Songbooks
Reviews of Blues Music Instruction Songbooks
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Moonshine
Definition of moonshine, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Taj Mahal Profile
Profile of multi-instrumentalist blues artist Taj Mahal
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
John Mayall Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legend John Mayall
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.
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
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
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, 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.
Bukka White Profile
Profile and biography of popular country bluesman Booker T. 'Bukka' Washington White.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Blues Harpist Magic Dick - Interview
Interview with blues harpist Magic Dick, formerly of the J. Geils Band and part of the Legendary Rhythm & Blues Revue.
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
Sam Lightnin' Hopkins Profile
Profile of Texas blues music legend Sam Lightnin' Hopkins, an influential guitarist and country bluesman.
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters & Little Walter -...
Review of Bo Diddley, Muddy Waters & Little Walter's Super Blues album
Hoodoo
Definition of hoodoo, 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.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
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
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Interview with Blues-Rock Guitarist Dave Perkins
Interview with blues-rock guitarist Dave Perkins
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
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
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.
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
Led Zeppelin - Definition of Led Zeppelin, Led...
Definition of Led Zeppelin, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Johnny Winter's True To The Blues Box Set Review
Review of blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter's True To The Blues box set
Delta (Mississippi Delta)
Definition of Delta (Mississippi Delta), a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue (2014)
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades of Blue album
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Highway 61
Definition of Highway 61, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Rent Party
Definition of rent party, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Mojo
Definition of mojo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Couldn't...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble's Couldn't Stand The Weather album
Blues CDs New Releases - February 2013
New Blues CD releases for February 2013, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
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
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.
Magic Sam Maghett Profile
Born: February 14, 1937 in Grenada MS Died: December 1, 1969 in Chicago IL In an overcrowded field that
Tommy Castro and the Painkillers - The Devil...
Review of Tommy Castro and the Painkiller's The Devil You Know album
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Coco Montoya Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Coco Montoya
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Muddy Waters - They Call Me Muddy Waters & Live...
Review of Muddy Waters' They Call Me Muddy Waters & Live At Mr. Kelly's albums
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
Blues CDs New Releases - July 2013
New Blues CD releases for July 2013, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Guide
Blues Books For Beginners
The long and storied history of the blues can be confusing for those listeners who are just beginning
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
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.
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.
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.
Cuttin' Heads
Definition of cuttin' heads, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Wang Dang Doodle
Definition of wang dang doodle, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Roadhouse
Definition of roadhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Jimmy Page of Led Zeppelin Profile
Profile of British blues-rock guitarist Jimmy Page of the legendary rock band Led Zeppelin.
Johnny Winter - Still Alive and Well (1973/1994)
Review of Johnny Winter's Still Alive and Well album
Anders Osborne - Peace (2013)
Review of Anders Osborne's Peace Album
Gris-Gris
Definition of gris-gris, 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
Gandy Dancers
Definition of gandy dancers, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
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
Alligator Records
Definition of Alligator Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
John the Conqueroo
Definition of John the Conqueroo, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.

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