Getting Started with Listening to Blues

A friend recently asked me to recommend some blues to listen to.  So, I figured I’d just write a post about it.  Of course, in some cases, I found multiple versions for an individual artist, and it’s fun to hear the evolution.

UPDATE: Put these into a YouTube playlist

Robert Johnson: Perhaps “the” classic acoustic blues player.  Crossroad Blues.

Rev. Gary Davis: Interesting because his blues has some ragtime qualities, but also one of the foundational blues musicians. Wrote Samson & Delilah.

Lightnin’ Hopkins: Evil Hearted Woman

Muddy Waters: Rollin’ Stone Where the Rolling Stones got their name.

T-Bone Walker: Wrote the blues standard Stormy Monday

“The Three Kings of Blues”: BB King, Albert King, Freddie King.  Generally regarded as influential electric blues players, composers.  Lots of standards created by these guys.  A very comprehensive writeup on them here.

Albert Collins: Iceman

John Lee Hooker: Boom Boom Boom (Live 1960), 1992 version

Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown: Born in Louisiana (Austin City Limits)

Buddy Guy: Damn Right I’ve Got the Blues (Guitar Center TV)

Eric Clapton: Crossroads (Cream),  Crossroads (Derek & the Dominos 1972)  Crossroads 2010

Robert Cray: Nothin’ But a Woman

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Tightrope (Austin City Limits)

Obviously, there are many, many other blues artists out there, so this is just offered as a starting point.


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