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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.
12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners
List of the one dozen best blues albums for beginners
All About Blues Rock Guitarist Joe Bonamassa
Profile and biography of blues-rock guitarist Joe Bonamassa.
Winners of the 2014 Blues Music Awards
2014 Blues Music Awards Nominees & Winners
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.
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.
Woodstock 1969 Revisited
Where are they now? Blues-rock artists that performed at the Woodstock Festival, 1969.
10 Best Chicago Blues Songs
List of the greatest Chicago blues songs, classic songs from artists like Muddy Waters, Howlin' Wolf, and others
Blues Instruments
Definition of blues instruments, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Instant Record Collection: Chicago Blues
Instant Record Collection: Ten essential Chicago blues albums that every blues music fan needs for their collection.
Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Blues Arts from the Early Blues Era, 1910-1950
The Best Blues Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Albums of 2013
Etta James' Greatest Hits
The Best Etta James Songs
Blues Artists That Died In 2013
About.com Blues List of Blues Artists That Died In 2013
Six Essential Modern Blues Artists
Profiles of six essential modern blues artists, circa 1950-1980
Balling The Jack
Definition of balling the jack, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Blues Artist Birthdays
List of the dates of blues artists birthdays
Classic Female Blues Singers
Profiles of five classic early era female blues singers
Blues Styles: Country Blues
Definition of the Country blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Country blues style.
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.
Albert King Profile
Profile and biography of influential blues guitarist Albert King including a select discography.
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
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
Blues Styles: Chicago Blues
Definition of the Chicago blues style, including musical characteristics and important artists performing in the Chicago blues style.
Janis Joplin Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock singer Janis Joplin
Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa - Live In Amsterdam...
Review of Beth Hart & Joe Bonamassa's Live In Amsterdam album
Six Overlooked Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of six overlooked blues-rock guitarists
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2013
Born Under A Bad Sign: Bad Luck Blues Songs
Born Under A Bad Sign: ten blues songs about bad luck.
The Allman Brothers Band Profile
Profile and discography of the Allman Brothers Band
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Albums of 2014
The Best Blues Christmas Albums
The Best Blues Christmas Albums featuring B.B. King, Canned Heat, Alligator Records and others!
2013 Blues Music Awards Winners and Nominees
List of 2012 Blues Music Awards Winners & Nominees
Essential Blues Slide Guitarists
Six essential blues slide guitarists that influenced a future generation of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Robert Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Robert Johnson, influential slide guitarist and blues music songwriter.
Paul Butterfield Profile
Profile and discography for Chicago blues legend and influential harp player Paul Butterfield
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.
Johnny Winter Profile
Profile and discography for legendary Texas blues-rock guitarist Johnny Winter
Jelly Roll (blues slang)
Definition of jelly roll, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Tommy Johnson Profile
Profile of Mississippi Delta blues legend Tommy Johnson, obscure bluesman popularized by the hit movie O' Brother Where Art Thou?
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
The Best Blues-Rock Albums of 2014
Blind Lemon Jefferson Profile
Profile of Texas blues legend Blind Lemon Jefferson, friend of folk-blues giant Leadbelly and influential blues musician.
Big Bill Broonzy Profile
Profile of Chicago blues legend Big Bill Broonzy.
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.
Jimi Hendrix Profile
Profile and discography for legendary blues-rock guitarist Jimi Hendrix, the most ground-breaking guitarist in rock music history.
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.
Canned Heat
Definition of canned heat, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Kenny Wayne Shepherd Profile
Profile and Discography of blues-rock guitarist Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Muddy Waters Profile
Profile of Chicago blues musician Muddy Waters, legendary singer, slide guitarist, and band leader.
Albert Collins Profile
Profile of Texas blues guitarist Albert Collins, better known as the Ice Man for his chilly, fluid six-string style.
Walter Trout Profile
Profile and discography of blues-rock guitarist Walter Trout
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.
Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
About.com Blues List of Six Essential Contemporary Blues Artists You Should Know
Peter Green Profile
Biography and Discography For British blues guitarist Peter Green
Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble - Texas...
Review of Stevie Ray Vaughan's Texas Hurricane box set
Bessie Smith Profile
Profile and biography of legendary female blues singer Bessie Smith.
Honeydripper, a film by John Sayles
Honeydripper, a film by John Sayles
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.
Living Blues Awards 2014 Winners
About.com Blues List of 2014 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
Album cover for The Paul Butterfield Blues Band's self-titled debut album. Page 5.
Freddie King Profile
Profile and discography of Freddie King, an influential and innovative blues guitarist.
Albert King - Born Under A Bad Sign (1967/2013)
Review of Albert King's Born Under A Bad Sign album
Charley Patton Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Charley Patton, influential guitarist and performer from the earliest days of the Mississippi blues.
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.
Dust My Broom
Definition of dust my broom, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Country Blues Artists
Profiles of six pioneering country blues artists.
Rory Gallagher Profile
Profile of Irish blues-rock guitarist Rory Gallagher, a prolific recording artist and tireless performer.
Skip James Profile
Skip James - Rambling Man Born Nehemiah Curtis James near Bentonia, Mississippi, James' mother worked
Jeff Beck Profile
Profile of guitarist Jeff Beck, former member of the Yardbirds and 2009 inductee into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame.
Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley - The...
CD review of The Super Super Blues Band album Featuring Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters & Bo Diddley
Blind Willie Johnson Profile
Profile of slide guitarist Blind Willie Johnson, influential gospel and blues artist of the 1920s.
The Roots of the Blues
Definition of the roots of the blues, including historical figures important to the evolution of the music.
Elvin Bishop Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock guitarist Elvin Bishop
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.
Ram John Holder - Black London Blues/Bootleg...
Review of Ram John Holder's Black London Blues & Bootleg Blues albums
Blues-Rock Guitarists
Profiles of five influential blues-rock guitarists that helped define the genre and influence a generation of musicians to follow.
Michael Bloomfield Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Michael Bloomfield
Mick Abrahams & Blodwyn Pig Profile
Profile & Discography for British Blues-Rock Band Mick Abrahams and Blodwyn Pig
Little Walter Profile
Profile of Chicago blues harp legend Little Walter.
Savoy Brown Profile
Profile & Discography of Savoy Brown with Kim Simmonds
James Cotton - Cotton Mouth Man (2013)
Review of James Cotton's Cotton Mouth Man album
Boogie-Woogie
Definition of boogie-woogie, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
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.
Canned Heat Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock band Canned Heat
Profile and Biography of Blues Singer Ma Rainey
Profile and biography of popular female blues singer Ma Rainey.
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
Paul Rodgers - The Royal Sessions (2014)
Review of Paul Rodgers' The Royal Sessions album
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2013
About.com Blues List of the Best Blues Reissue Albums 2013
Otis Spann Profile
Profile & discography of Chicago blues pianist Otis Spann
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.
Early Influential Blues-Rock Bands
Six essential early blues-rock bands that would influence a generation of artists to follow
Long John Baldry Profile
Profile & discography For British blues-rock legend Long John Baldry
Stevie Ray Vaughan Profile
Profile of influential Texas blues-rock guitarist Stevie Ray Vaughan.
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 Bonamassa - An Acoustic Evening At The...
Review of Joe Bonamassa's An Acoustic Evening At The Vienna Opera House album
The Best Blues Reissue Albums 2014
The Best Blues Reissue Albums of 2014
Jimmy Vaughan Profile
Profile and discography for blues guitarist Jimmie Vaughan
Leadbelly Profile
Profile of folk-blues artist Huddie Ledbetter, better known as Leadbelly.
Sippie Wallace Profile
Profile and biography of classic female blues singer Sippie Wallace.
Barrelhouse
Definition of barrelhouse, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Rolling Stones Profile
Profile of British blues-rock legends the Rolling Stones.
Susan Tedeschi Profile
Profle and discography for blues guitarist Susan Tedeschi
The Nighthawks Profile
Profile and discography for blues-rock legends The Nighthawks
Back Door Man
Definition of back door man, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Nick Moss Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago bluesman Nick Moss
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.
Rock Candy Funk Party - We Want Groove (2013)
Review of Rock Candy Funk Party's We Want Groove album
Robin Trower Profile
Profile and discography of British blues-rock guitarist Robin Trower
Robert Cray Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist Robert Cray
Gary Moore Profile
Profile & discography for blues-rock guitarist Gary Moore
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Review of Dave Specter's Message In Blue album
Johnny "Guitar" Watson - Live In Concert DVD...
Preview of Johnny Guitar Watson's Live In Concert DVD, which features a 1993 performance from the North Sea Jazz Festival.
Blind Blake Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues artist Blind Blake, the influential guitarist who helped define the finger-picked style.
Gary Clark Jr. - Live (2014)
Review of Gary Clark Jr.'s Live album
Louisiana Red Profile
Profile & Discography for Louisiana Red
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
Son House Profile
Profile of Delta blues legend Son House, influential guitarist and performer and running partner of Charley Patton
Koko Taylor Profile
Profile of Koko Taylor, the Queen of the Blues and Chicago blues legend.
Fleetwood Mac Profile
Profile of British blues-rock band Fleetwood Mac, formed by John Mayall's Bluesbreakers alumnus Peter Green and Mick Fleetwood in 1967.
Otis Taylor Profile
Profile of blues artist Otis Taylor, a multi-instrumental talent that provides guitar, harp, and banjo to his unique country-blues sound.
Tedeschi Trucks Band - Made Up Mind (2013)
Review of Tedeschi Trucks Band's Made Up Mind album
T-Bone Walker Profile
Profile and biography of Texas blues guitarist T-Bone Walker, including recommended albums.
Magic Sam Maghett Profile
Born: February 14, 1937 in Grenada MS Died: December 1, 1969 in Chicago IL In an overcrowded field that
Keb' Mo' Profile
Profile and discography for acoustic bluesman Keb' Mo'
Rory Gallagher - Crest of a Wave The Best of...
Review of Rory Gallagher's Crest Of A Wave - The Best of Rory Gallagher album, a collection of two dozen of the guitarist's best performances
Buddy Guy Profile
Profile of legendary Chicago blues guitarist Buddy Guy, often cited by Eric Clapton as his favorite blues guitarist.
Tampa Red Profile
Tampa Red Profile: Born: January 8, 1904 in Smithville GA Died: March 19, 1981 in Chicago IL Six-string
Blind Boy Fuller Profile
Profile of Piedmont blues guitarist Blind Boy Fuller, a popular recording artist and performer and bold, expressive singer.
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
Duke Robillard Profile
Profile of blues musician Duke Robillard, founding member of Roomful of Blues and noted blues and jazz guitarist.
2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
About.com Blues List of 2013 Living Blues Magazine Award Winners
Earl Hooker Profile
Profile of noted Chicago blues slide guitarist Earl Hooker.
Maples Blues Awards 2014
About.com List of Maples Blues Awards 2014 Winners & Nominees
John Campbell Profile
Profile & discography for blues guitarist John Campbell
Overlooked Early Blues Artists
Six Essential Overlooked Blues Artists of the Early Blues Era
Howlin' Wolf Profile
Profile of blues legend Howlin' Wolf, the biggest and baddest artist in the history of the Chicago blues
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.
Black Cat Bone
Definition of black cat bone, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin - Common Ground (2014)
Review of Dave Alvin & Phil Alvin's Common Ground album
Muddy Waters' Live At Newport 1960
Album cover for Muddy Waters' Live At Newport 1960
Son Seals' Midnight Son
Album cover for Son Seals' Midnight Son. Page 8.
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
Otis Rush Profile
Profile and discography of Chicago blues guitarist Otis Rush, one of the progenitors of the West Side blues style.
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
King Records
Definition of King Records, a term used in blues music and blues music-related subjects.
Memphis Minnie Profile
Profile of legendary blues guitarist Memphis Minnie, a six-string innovator and a notable artist of the 1930s Chicago blues scene.
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