Good Blues Recommendations...

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  1. Title says it all really. I've found I can only listen to so much classic rock, these days without starting to hanker for something a little different.

    Now as much as I like Cheryl Cole and Rhianna, I am talking musical talent here. :wink:

    I've got some BD King and John Lee Hooker and really liked what I've heard so far, but Blues is not an aera of music I'm familiar with, beyond The Blues Brothers, so if anyone can point me at some good Blues... soloists, bands whatever I'd be grateful. 8)
     
  2. Easy...............Gary Moore.
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    Enjoy.

    Do I take it that these forums do not allow vids?
     
  3. Howling Wolf - great stuff. And Jimi Hendix's version of Red House, particularly on the In The West album, takes some beating too.
     
  4. Fats Domino, Joey and the Lips, and errr, the Blues Brothers :D
     
  5. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Try some early Animals. Eric Burdon had one of the best blues voices ever.

    Or even Clapton, plays a mean blues guitar, then go for Muddy Watres, Howlin Wolf and Pig-nose Carruthers. (Ok, I made up that last one)
     
  6. Seasick Steve !
     
  7. Allow me.....

    Whilst BB King & John Lee Hooker are a good starting point, there are a great many different blues styles. Some suggestions:

    Eric Clapton. One of the best blues guitarists still playing. Listen to early Yardbirds or John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers (esp the "Beano" album) to get a taste of British blues from the 60s. Clapton's "From the Cradle" album consists of covers of blues standards - well worth getting.

    People like Ledbelly, Robert Johnson, Sonny Terry & Brownie McGee, Lightning Hopkins - pure acoustic blues from the 30s onwards. Gives you an insight into early blues.

    Stevie Ray Vaughan - played in the 80s. Fantastic guitar work.

    Other artists worth looking into include Muddy Waters, Albert King, Freddie King, Jimmy Reed, Otis Rush, Howlin Wolf.

    To save you splashing out on an album you might not like, there's plenty of websites out there to listen to. I use www.last.fm - loads of blues on there: just search by artist.

    Apologies that this is a bit rushed, but I've got a 4-star General breathing down my neck at the moment! Hope it's useful. 8)
     
  8. old_fat_and_hairy

    old_fat_and_hairy LE Book Reviewer Reviews Editor

    Try some early Animals. Eric Burdon had one of the best blues voices ever.

    Or even Clapton, plays a mean blues guitar, then go for Muddy Watres, Howlin Wolf and Pig-nose Carruthers. (Ok, I made up that last one)
     
  9. Try any of the following and you won't be disappointed;

    Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Eddie 'Cleanhead' Vinson, Robert Johnson (The Daddy), Bo Diddley, T Bone Walker, Ray Charles, Blind Willie johnson, Big Joe Turner, Lead Belly, Tommy tucker, Big Joe Williams, Jimmy Reed and pretty much anything on the Chess label.

    If you fancy something a bit different try the Alabama 3 album 'Exile on Coldharbour lane' A gospel country blues acid house fusion thats got some class tunes icluding the original 'Woke up this morning' used as the Sopranos theme tune.

    Happy listening
     
  10. Try some REAL blues, there are so many small bands around at the moment doing good honest uncommercialised blues. A good starting point would be Simon "Honeyboy" Hickling. Blowin Through Town would be my recommendation as a staring point, a quality live album. I've seen Simon live twice now, small gigs big memories... he even chats and drinks with you while giving out harmonica tips - They don't seem to work for me though my harp still sounds crap unlike the greatest blues harp player of all time: Sonny Boy Williamson
     
  11. Thanks fellas. Looks like I'll be doing some fun browsing in the record shop come the weekend.
     
  12. All the above, plus Sonny Terry and Brownie McGee acoustic folk blues duo
     
  13. meridian

    meridian LE Good Egg (charities)

    The Robert Cray Band, brilliant
     
  14. Good link to Seasick Steve, I found this from the U-Tube page, he's famous for his 3 string guitar but this is insane:Seasick Steve, 1 string "guitar"