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Robert Johnson – One of the earliest Delta Blues singers, he only had two known photographs and 41 tracks laid to vinyl (some of the same songs were in different keys). Covered by the likes of Widespread Panic, Red Hot Chili Peppers, Led Zeppelin, The Rolling Stones, and many blues artists, his life ended too soon. Clapton once said:”I have never found anything more deeply soulful than Robert Johnson.”

Muddy Waters – McKinley Morganfield lived as a legend in his own time, personifying the Chicago blues, and making Chess Records a mint. What else would you expect from the man who wrote “I Can’t Be Satisfied,” “Rollin’ Stone” and “Baby Please Don’t Go,” among others? He influenced Hendrix, Clapton, the Stones, Johnny Winter and SRV, not to mention countless other musicians.

John Lee Hooker – “Mr. Lucky” had blues sound all to himself. The man who brought us “Boogie Chillen” finally faded away – R.I.P. Though probably known better for “I’m in the Mood” and “One Bourbon, One Scotch and One Beer,” my favorite Hooker tune is “The Waterfront.” It reminds me of many coastlines I’ve encountered in the U.S.

Taj Mahal – One of the few good experiences I had at Bonnaroo 2004, Taj jammed and noted four generations in attendance. This Grammy-winner plays a mean dobro, among other instruments. For a nice overview, try his “In Progress & In Motion, 1965-1998.” For something a little more on the edge, try “Kulanjan,” his album with kora master Toumani Diabate that mixes blues with West African music for something that may be similar to music played hundreds of years ago.

Leadbelly – Huddie Ledbetter served two stints in jail before folklorist John A. Lomax recorded his plea for pardon for the Library of Congress. Though he never got to enjoy the commercial success of his music, Leadbelly did gain notoriety. Along with Woody Guthrie, Leadbelly is considered genuine Americana and is rightfully acknowledged as the “King of the 12-string Guitar.”

Willie Dixon – My first taste of the “real” blues came from this man. His songs made hits for Muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf, Chuck Berry, Little Walter, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Rogers, Sonny Boy Williamson, Magic Sam, Zeppelin, Cream and the Doors, among others. Maybe you’ve heard “Back Door Man,” “I Can’t Quit You,” “You Shook Me” or “I’m Your Hoochie Coochie Man?” If not, you don’t know what you’re missin’.

Jimi Hendrix – Some of you cats who don’t know better will be bamboozled by finding Jimi here in the blues. As stated, you just don’t know any better. Take time to listen to “Blues” – you’ll have hair standin’ on end. When he got out of the army, Hendrix went South … and we’re glad.;) How else could we have gotten “Red House” or “Voodoo Chile?” Hendrix redefined the blues in his own image, but then again, Hendrix redefined about everything.

Stevie Ray Vaughan – I’m drivin’ down JFK Boulevard in North Little Rock when the radio screams, “Stevie Ray Vaughan died in a helicopter crash today.” I had to stop on the side of the road. If I had never listened to SRV, I’d have never gotten into the blues. He may not have invented the Texas blues, but he defined the sound.


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More Blues Artists
Luther Allison (AR)
Marcia Ball
Lou Ann Barton
Tab Benoit
Big Al and the Heavyweights
The Black Keys
Sunny Blair (AR)
Bobby “Blue” Bland
Blind Blake
Rory Block
Lucille Bogan
Junior Brooks (AR)
Lonnie Brooks
Big Bill Broonzy (AR)
Bessie Brown
Ruth Brown
Sarah Brown
Michael Burks (AR)
R.L. Burnside
James ‘Peak’ Burtis (AR)
Leroy Carr
Bo Carter
John Cephas
Eric Clapton
W.C. Clark
William Clarke
Albert Collins
Trenton Cooper (AR)
Shemekia Copeland
Elizabeth Cotten
James Cotton
Robert Cray
Arthur ‘Big Boy’ Crudup
R. Crumb & His Cheap Suit Serenaders
Cedell Davis (AR)
Rev. ‘Blind’ Gary Davis
Bo Diddley
Lefty Dizz (AR)
Mike Dollins
Fats Domino
‘Georgia Tom’ Dorsey
Dr. John
Archie Edwards
Sleepy John Estes
Blind Boy Fuller
Lowell Fulson
Henry Gray
Buddy Guy
Vera Hall
John Hammond
W.C. Handy
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Jessie Mae Hemphill
George Higgs
Rosalie Hill
Hollywood Fats
Lightnin’ Hopkins
Big Walter ‘Shakey’ Horton
Son House
Howlin’ Wolf
Alberta Hunter
Mississippi John Hurt
Elmore James
Etta James
Skip James
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Blind Willie Johnson
Lonnie Johnson
Tommy Johnson
Richard Johnston
Janis Joplin
Janis Joplin’s Kozmic Blues
Charley Jordan (AR)
Sara Jordan
Albert King
B. B. King
Chris Thomas King
Freddie King
Labron Lazenby
Lafayette Leake
J.B. Lenoir
Little Charlie & the Nightcats
Robert Lockwood Jr. (AR)
Professor Longhair
Lonnie Mack
Magic Sam
Magic Slim & The Teardrops
Jimbo Mathus & His Knockdown Society
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Brownie McGhee
Blind Willie McTell
Memphis Minnie
Memphis Slim
Keb Mo
Ian Moore
Charlie Musselwhite
The Nighthawks
Junior Parker
Charley Patton
Paul Pena
Pinetop Perkins
The Peterson Brothers
‘Forrest City Joe’ Pugh (AR)
Henry Qualls
Ma Rainey
Kid Ramos
Leon Redbone
Jimmy Reed
Cheryl Renee
Jimmy Rogers
Bobby Rush
Saffire — The Uppity Blues Women
Son Seals (AR)
Tommy Shannon
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Driftin’ Slim (AR)
Sunnyland Slim
Bessie Smith
Charlie Spand
Otis Spann
Angela Strehli
Tampa Red
Charlotte Taylor & Gypsy Rain (AR)
Koko Taylor
Otis Taylor
Robert Dudlow Taylor (AR)
Sonny Terry
Sister Rosetta Tharpe (AR)
Henry Thomas
Big Mama Thornton
Henry Townsend
Susan Tedeschi/Derek Trucks Band
Baby Face Turner (AR)
Big Joe Turner
Jimmie Vaughan
Dave Van Ronk
Joe Louis Walker
T-Bone Walker
Sippie Wallace (AR)
Little Walter
Artie ‘Blues Boy’ White
Bukka White
Phil Wiggins
Sonny Boy Williamson I
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Johnny Winter
Jimmy Witherspoon (AR)
‘Shakey Jake’ Woods (AR)

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Mo Bettah Blues Resources
Arkansas River Blues Society
Smoky Mountain Blues Society
The Blue Highway
The Delta Blues Museum
PBS: The Blues
House of Blues
King Biscuit Time
Southwest Blues Magazine
Worldwide BluesRecord Labels
BlueBeat Music – Blues Music Specialists
Rounder Records
Swingmaster Blues and Jazz Records
Alabama Blues Project
Austin City Limits
Baton Rouge Blues Foundation
Beale Street
Blues on Stage – Minnesota
Music City BluesFestivals
King Biscuit Blues Fest
Beale Street Music Festival

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