This piano-based style was a natural evolution from the early 1900s style of stride piano. Our great grandparents no doubt got down to the boogie-woogie blues during the World War I years and onward with artists like Big Joe Turner and Pinetop Perkins.
Credited as one of the earliest genres of blues, this Mississippi original features plenty of guitar and harmonica. James Cotton and Sonny Boy Williamson are some of the biggest legends to come out of the delta.
Chicago blues features a lot of high-energy guitar. It’s often said to be like delta blues but more amplified. Otis Rush, Muddy Waters, and Magic Sam are all prime examples of this style.
In the 1940s, jump blues became the new thing. With it’s up-tempo swing style and sax paired to rowdy vocals, it was an instant hit. Cab Calloway and Sam Taylor are definite mainstays of this category.
Often called R&B for rhythm and blues, the late 1960s and early 1970s were where this style began. It’s a cool combo of soul music and modern urban music. Among the most legendary of the soul blues artists is Ray Charles.
Deep in the heart of Texas, the blues come full force with a hard swing and repetitive riffs. Slide guitar and different blues and jazz melodies thrust in by none other than Stevie Ray Vaughn to give Texas a whole twang of its own. The Fabulous Thunderbirds and T-Bone Walker are other Texas blues notables.
New Orleans Blues
It’s a little bit smokey, a little bit Cajun, a little bit Creole and full of flavor. New Orleans blues has a little something for everyone with a Latin rhumba melded with a zydeco style beat. It swings, it marches, and it really gets you going. Think Little Richard, James Booker, Guitar Slim, and Fats Domino.
Blues Rock is a type of music which mixes blues with rock and roll, and uses mostly electric guitar as a main instrument. It began in the mid 1960s in England and the United States with bands such as Cream and The Rolling Stones, who experimented with music from the older bluesmen like Elmore James, Robert Johnson, Howlin' Wolf and Bo Diddley.
Examples of Blues Rock Artists
Allman Brothers Band
The Rolling Stones
Stevie Ray Vaughan
One of the most important things of British blues was the reexport of blues to the USA. The success of bands like the Rolling Stones woke the interest of many white young people in the USA in blues music.
Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation
Long John Baldry
The Blues Band
Graham Bond Organization
John Dummer Band
Keef Hartley Band
Jo Ann Kelly
The Rolling Stones
Taste (Irish Blues Band)
Ten Years After
The Pretty Things