Good Blues Recommendations...

#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)
 

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#5
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)
 
#7
DPM_Sheep said:
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)
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)
 

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#8
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
 
#15
TheTeaAnarchist said:
As has been mentioned, Seasick Steve. I think some of the purists frown on him a bit, but his music is alot of fun and his live stuff is just insane.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pNoPNC3ebYQ

Otherwise Joe Bonamassa seems to be the new kid on the block. His older albums are a bit more bluesy, the latest one less so, but still a blinder.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=dQLfp1CXink

TTA
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"
 
#17
There's some great suggestions there, don't forget Big Bill Bronzy guys. Leadbelly is one of my favourites, a convicted murderer who was 'discovered' whilst in prison; his most famous work is probably "Goodnight Irene" which has been covered by just about everybody.
Blues has many differing styles from 'delta' blues up to R&B. An album I like and which is a bit of a crossover album between rock and blues is "Modern Times", Bob Dylan as you've never heard him before!
There is a film out called "Crossroads" it's about blues and (unfortunately) stars the kid from karate kid. Ignore him and there are some superb Blues numbers and guitar licks from Ry Cooder. The climax is a guitar duel between Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio 'playing' over Ry Cooder's hands, it contains everything from blues to rock and ends with Mozart; awesome stuff.
 
#18
Markintime said:
There is a film out called "Crossroads" it's about blues and (unfortunately) stars the kid from karate kid. Ignore him and there are some superb Blues numbers and guitar licks from Ry Cooder. The climax is a guitar duel between Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio 'playing' over Ry Cooder's hands, it contains everything from blues to rock and ends with Mozart; awesome stuff.
Bit of blues trivia for you:

IIRC (it's a long time since I've seen the film), Crossroads takes its storyline from "Crossroads Blues", written by Robert Johnson (and famously covered by Cream, although they radically reshaped the tune). Crossroads Blues was about a man who went to a crossroads to meet the devil and sell his soul in return for becoming a great blues player, which is something that Johnson always claimed happened to him.
 
#20
Uncivil_Servant said:
Markintime said:
There is a film out called "Crossroads" it's about blues and (unfortunately) stars the kid from karate kid. Ignore him and there are some superb Blues numbers and guitar licks from Ry Cooder. The climax is a guitar duel between Steve Vai and Ralph Macchio 'playing' over Ry Cooder's hands, it contains everything from blues to rock and ends with Mozart; awesome stuff.
Bit of blues trivia for you:

IIRC (it's a long time since I've seen the film), Crossroads takes its storyline from "Crossroads Blues", written by Robert Johnson (and famously covered by Cream, although they radically reshaped the tune). Crossroads Blues was about a man who went to a crossroads to meet the devil and sell his soul in return for becoming a great blues player, which is something that Johnson always claimed happened to him.
Spot on U_S. Macchio plays a young guitar prodigy who is after a mythical final song to a set laid down by Johnson. He teams up with an old blues player who has sold his soul in the same way as Johnson. Shite film but awesome music, I think the whole film is on U Tube but here is the guitar clash:

Guitar Duel
 

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