Blues Rock

Blues Rock is a musical genre combining blues music and rock ‘n’ roll. This kind of music emerged in the mid 1960s when the Rolling Stones adopted old blues songs from Elmore James, Slim Harpo, Howlin ‘Wolf, Muddy Waters and Champion Jack Dupree.

Blues Rock music began with rock artists based in the United Kingdom and the United States performing American blues melodies. They regularly reproduced electric Chicago style blues tracks. For example, those by Jimmy Reed, Howlin’ Wolf, and Albert King, at quicker speeds and with a more vigorous sound basic to rock. In the UK, the style was promoted by bands such as the Rolling Stones, The Yardbirds, and The Animals. Blues Rock was defined when John Mayall released the album Blues Breakers with Eric Clapton in 1966. The music was a kind of rhythm and blues played by British musicians. Eric Clapton created a hybrid of blues with jazz, this experimentation had been the most innovative to date.

In the USA, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Canned Heat were among the earliest advocators. John Mayall & The Bluesbreakers and Fleetwood Peter Green Mac had also developed their instrumental style. Blues Rock groups including Ten Years After, Savoy Brown, Foghat became more hard rock oriented in the late 1960s and early 1970s.

In the 1980s, Nine below Zero in England, and Willy DeVille on the other side of the Atlantic, are noted for their loyalty to the style of the blues shown by Buddy Guy.

Blues Rock Radio

Blues Rock Musicians

Blues rock is experiencing a revival since the early 1990s and 2000 from:

  • Derek Trucks
  • Sonny Landreth
  • Kenny Wayne Shepherd
  • Jonny Lang
  • Erick Sardinas
  • Gov’t Mule
  • Popa Chubby
  • Otis Taylor
  • Anthony Gomes
  • The Black Crowes
  • Chris Duarte Group
  • The Black Keys
  • Jeff Healy Band
  • Joe Bonamassa
  • Ronnie Earl
  • The White Stripes

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