Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues is a type of urban blues that began to rise in Chicago and St. Louis. Mostly played by part time and street musicians at rent parties, and other social events from the black community. Although it started on the streets, it soon gained popularity within the US and Europe, and particularly the United Kingdom. This style of blues music, has had a great influence on many rock and hip-hop artists in the late 1950s to the present day.

Chicago Blues has a repertoire of musical notes larger than the scale standard six – note blues. These are usually notes of the major scale, achieving a “jazzy” effect while keeping the essential characteristics of blues. This effect, the notes add another scale. But it is not as common nor as important as in other styles. Such as Texas blues, in which “third” “sixths” major are commonly used. Another important feature of Chicago Blues is the presence of a lot of “ninths” dominant chords.

The promotion from record companies such as Paramount Records, RCA Victor, and Columbia Records brought the Chicago blues to international status. The style soon became a commercial success. It was the influence of this style of blues on the British musicians that soon resulted in the rise of British blues. A style of blues that became popular in UK and which also later went global.

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Amongst the many, most popular artists that played Chicago Blues are Big Bill Broonzy, Buddy Guy, Elmore James, Freddie King, Howlin ‘Wolf, JB Lenoir, John Primer, Little Walter, Luther Allison, Magic Slim, Magic Sam, Paul Butterfield, Sonny Boy Williamson I, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Muddy Waters, and Willie Dixon. You will hear many of these artists material here at Absolute Blues.

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