Best blues in America?

#1
Didn't know where to post this so thought this place to be the best.

I want to arrange a long weekend (or even a week) for me and my dad for his birthday next year. He's a massive blues fan. More specifically, but not limited to, the 50's Chicago blues style.

What I'm after is any advice from anyone who's done a bit in America and knows the best place for blues bars. I know Chicago (due to what I've said above) sounds the best best but would the deep south be better? I like a bit of blues but I'm not a massive follower so wouldn't know where to start. I also want it to be a surprise do can't ask him.

Any help?
 
#3
You can't go wrong with New Orleans. But quite a few other places have good choices as well, Chicago, Memphis, even Detroit.

But for the sheer variety and number of choices, New Orleans is the place.
 
#6
NOLA mate, can't beat The Big Easy.
 
#8
#10
Rick Stein (the annoying chef) did a Delta Blues special on TV a few months back. It was basically a travelog around the Mississipi Delta region where all the legends of Blues were brought up and performed - Willy Dixon, Muddy Waters, Bukka White, Howlin' Wolf, Blind Willie Johnson etc. It may be available on DVD, or I-player and would certainly give you a few pointers.
No fan of Rick Stein, but enjoyed the programme immensely.
 
#11
Delta Blues absolutely,,,,Muddy Waters,Son House,Robert Johnson,Willie Brown,Freddie Spruell (the original Delta Bluesman),Lead Belly and the unforgetable Janis Joplin........
 
#12
There are a number of BB King Blues clubs across the States.They are not exclusively blues headliners, though.
Incidentally, for those in the 'Shot area (from an e-mail):

Just a reminder that Stormy Sunday are playing at the Horns Pub in Crondall this Saturday 18th February.

As always, you would be very welcome.

Gigs for March

Friday 2nd - Richmond Arms Godalming - Lost Roberts Blues Band

Saturday 3rd - Frog & Wicket Yateley/Eversley - CHiPS

Friday 9th - Fox & Hounds Fleet - CHiPS

Friday 23rd - Catherine of Aragon West Byfleet - Chasm

Sunday 25th - The Three Lions (Scratchers) Godalming - Lost Roberts
 
#13
The BB King Blues Club in NYC usually has some good acts headlining there - I saw Johnny Winter recently.

Plus its in NYC, which the old man might appreciate...
 
#14
I told you the Mississippi Delta....It's Blues Country..........
 
#15
Hey, Southern Comfort is on tonight, some good music in it.
 

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