Blues

Content related to blues, blues rock and artists influenced by classic blues.

Late Night Festival Folk, Blues, Country and Bluegrass on PBS

I've never really been a 9-5 type of person as it just does not seem to fit well with my sleeping habits. I prefer to be up working or researching during the late night hours when my brain has been active for a while and sleep for a few hours in the early morning, than turning in early every night. One of the benefits of this is that I get to see some interesting things on TV late at night, including some videos from music festivals shown on PBS.

Rock & Roll Feature: Buddy Guy and His Sweet Tea

This is the sixth in a series of Rock & Roll features I'm writing for this site. I'm a rock and roller, so this column is a way for me to feature a different album that I like, from different genres every month.

Bukka White Live Blues Solo Performance

With a genre as old as the blues, it seems that it might take our entire lifetime to hear all the greats. For a long time I thought I had checked out a lot of the best and although I knew there were many more out there to be found, I never really expected them to just fall into my lap.

Trio of Blues Greats in Concert: Lonnie Mack, Albert Collins and Roy Buchanan

Some of the greatest blues guitarists of all time, don't nearly get as much credit as they deserve outside of blues circles. It seems like just about everyone knows B.B. King as the master of blues, but I wonder how many people who aren't blues enthusiasts know anything about Lonnie Mack? Or Albert Collins? Two of the most influential blues artists of all time.

Billy Jones: Taking Blues to New Places with R&B, Soul, and Urban Style

A quick through the archives of the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll will probably say more about how much I respect, enjoy and appreciate the blues than any words I can say. Some of my favorite artists and some of the ones that have had the most influence on me have been blues artists, and even more still are heavily influenced by the blues themselves.

I'm always open to new blues artists, as each person's take on this genre is always unique and always blends new influences with the standard blues format, but there is one this that is constant and that is the emotion in the music.

Johnny Winter Live at Woodstock

Another of the great guitarists I have recently come to appreciate, Johnny Winter, along with Roy Buchanan and Frank Zappa has since become one of my favorite guitar heroes. All three I discovered through the magic of the Internet, and are testament to the power of the Internet to expand people's mind... well once you dig through all the Spam and "adult material".

ZZ Top Live in Germany 1980: Blues Rock Trio to Be Reckoned With

One of the greatest things about the Internet has been the ability for those of us who were not around when some of our favorite bands were playing live, to see there live footage online. I don't know how long this will be the case, so for the Soul of Rock 'n' Roll, I am trying to show some of the great live footage I've seen posted online so that some other people can see these great shows too before it is too late.

Deal with the Devil: Understanding Robert Johnson, His Music and His Impact

It seems inevitable that at some point in their lives, all blues and rock and roll fans encounter Robert Johnson in some form or another. His music has had more impact on the course of modern music that could have ever been predicted back in the '30s when he was playing. Most if not all of his songs are considered to be blues standards covered by thousands of blues artists and are often considered the pinnacle of the genre.

10 of the More Underrated Songs from Eric Clapton's Career

Eric Clapton has always been one of my favorite artists. Although I do prefer his earlier works, there have been some great songs throughout his career. It has been a career sprinkled with heavy drug addiction, alcoholism, some controversy, and many different bands and groups, but it is also full of great music and guitar playing.

Stevie Ray Vaughan: Born to be a Blues Guitar Slinger

Back in my college days (so very long ago?) I was cultivating a healthy interest in blues, guitars and just about everything rock 'n' roll. Rediscovering artists I had first listened to years prior along with the influences of newer ones led me farther and farther back into the blues through the ages until I reached the very earliest days.

Along the way were several highlights that inspired and really had an impact on me. One of those highlights was Stevie Ray Vaughan.

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