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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.
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
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
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Joe Bonamassa - Different Shades of Blue (2014)
Review of Joe Bonamassa's Different Shades of Blue album
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.
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
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
Sharecropping
Definition of sharecropping, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1970s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1970s
Delbert & Glen - Blind, Crippled and Crazy (2013)
Review of Delbert & Glen's Blind, Crippled and Crazy album
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Delbert McClinton Profile
Profile & Discography for Blues-Rock Artist Delbert McClinton
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Walter Trout Status Update
Walter Trout Status Update
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
The Best Blues-Rock Albums Of The 1960s
List of The Best Blues-Rock Albums of the 1960s.
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Nighthawks CD Preview & Tour Dates
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Ronnie Earl CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Janiva Magness CD Preview
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Weekly Blues Music Report: All My Friends Debuts
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
Roomful of Blues Profile
Profile of R&B influenced blues band Roomful of Blues, formed by noted blues guitarist Duke Robillard.
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
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 CDs New Releases - September 2014
New Blues CD releases for September 2014, compiled by the Rev. Keith A. Gordon, your About.com Blues Expert
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.
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
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.
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.
Isaac Hayes Profile
Profile of Memphis soul legend Isaac Hayes, architect of the Memphis soul sound and influential rhythm and blues pioneer.
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
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
Winners and Nominees of the 2014 Blues Blast Music Awards
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.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
B.B. King Profile
Profile of blues guitar legend B.B. King, dynamic performer who has helped define blues music for over 50 years.
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Blues Music
Definition of, or meaning of terms used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2014 Winners
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
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
Rory Gallagher Album Buying Guide
A Guide to Blues-Rock Guitarist Rory Gallagher's Best Recordings
Blues Music Tour Dates
Blues music tour dates - concert dates for touring blues musicians.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Freddie King - The Complete King Federal...
Review of Freddie King's The Complete King Federal Singles album
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.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
It's A Blues Christmas!
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Elmore James Profile
Profile of blues guitarist Elmore James, known as the King of the Slide Guitar.
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
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.
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
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Hubert Sumlin Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues guitarist Hubert Sumlin, longtime member of Howlin' Wolf's band
Johnny Winter - Step Back (2014)
Review of Johnny Winter's Step Back album
Blues Styles: Piedmont Blues
Definition of the Piedmont blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Piedmont blues style.
Blues Grammy Award Winners 2014
Blues Grammy Award Winners 2014
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (2014)
Review of Paul Rodgers' The Royal Sessions album
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
2014 Blues Music Award Winners
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
Joe Bonamassa’s Tour De Force London CD Release
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.
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
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
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.
The Reverend's Favorite Blues-Rock Artists
The Rev. Gordon's favorite blues-rock artists
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, 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
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Ida Cox Profile
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ida Cox.
Eric Clapton & Cream Profile
Profile of influential British blues-rock legends Cream, featuring Eric Clapton, Jack Bruce, and Ginger Baker.
Buddy Guy - Rhythm & Blues (2013)
Review of Buddy Guy's Rhythm & Blues album
Nashville Bluesman Johnny Jones, R.I.P.
Obituary for Nashville blues guitarist Johnny Jones
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Two Red-Hot Allman Brothers Band Sets Coming
Two Red-Hot Allman Brothers Band Sets Coming
Weekly Blues Music Report: New Rules, Chaos...
Weekly Blues Music Report: New Rules, Chaos Ensues!
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.
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
The Best of the Stony Plain Years
The Best of the Stony Plain Years
March Offers A Celebration of Blues & Soul...
Mark your calendars for March 1, 2014, when PBS will begin broadcasting A Celebration of Blues and Soul: The 1989 Inaugural Concert.
Weekly Blues Music Report: Paul Rodgers,...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Paul Rodgers, Michael Bloomfield & more!
John Lee Hooker Profile
John Lee Hooker profile: Born: August 22, 1917 in Clarksdale MS Died: June 21, 2001 in Los Altos CA John
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Liven Up The Chart!
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
Derek Trucks Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Derek Trucks
Marcia Ball Profile
Profile & discography for blues pianist Marcia Ball
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
International Blues Challenge 2013 Winners
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
Joe Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
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
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Live In Amsterdam
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa Live In Amsterdam
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
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
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.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Weekly Blues Music Report: Record Store Day...
Weekly Blues Music Report: Record Store Day Debuts!
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Robert Johnson's Sweet Home Chicago
: Sweet Home Chicago: One of blues music's enduring standards, the song "Sweet Home Chicago" is nevertheless
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
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
Profile of blues harp Legend Sonny Boy Williamson, Mississippi Delta bluesman and Chess Records recording artist.
Robert Lockwood Jr. Profile
Profile & discography for Delta bluesman Robert Lockwood Jr.
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
Roy Buchanan Profile
Profile and Discography for blues-rock guitarist Roy Buchanan
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.
Tedeschi Trucks Band Profile
Profile & Discography of the Tedeschi Trucks Band
Shemekia Copeland Profile
Biography and discography for Blues Singer Shemekia Copeland
John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson Profile
John Lee Sonny Boy Williamson Profile: Born: March 30, 1914 in Jackson TN Died: June 1, 1948 in Chicago
Influential Contemporary Blues Guitarists
Profiles of Six Influential Contemporary Blues Guitarists
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
Alligator Records
Definition of Alligator Records, 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.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
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