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(Google)   Submitter wants to try listening to some blues, but there's just so much. Recommendations? The more specific the better   ( divider line
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2008-04-28 10:58:20 AM  
add me to the Taj Mahal crowd... he did a live album from a concert in Germany called "An Evening of Acoustic Music"... awesome! especially if you've never heard blues done by a duet between guitar and tuba or a penny-whistle solo... sends chills up my spine...
also some leadbelly (12 string)... w.c. Handy (I've got an album of Louis Armstrong doing w.c. Handy songs... very good stuff)
Muddy, Howlin... all the Chicago blues stuff... Clarence gatemouth brown.
2008-04-28 11:38:18 AM  
the original Fleetwood Mac with Peter Green
Freddie King
Albert King
Jeff Beck w/Rod Stewart
2008-04-28 11:42:27 AM  
Jackie Green is pretty good. He opened for Susan Tedeschi a few times. He got his start in Sacramento, I don't know where he is out of now, but I've seen him up on the billboards in Seattle.

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2008-04-28 12:08:20 PM  
The Shadows.
2008-04-28 12:08:42 PM  
Marquise Knox. The word in St. Louis is that he is the future of the blues. I'm pretty sure he was a teenager the first time I saw him play.
2008-04-28 12:17:04 PM  
Whoever said the newer clutch record is absolutely right.

From Beale Street to Oblivion is the name.
2008-04-28 12:19:22 PM  
late to the party but - Romeo Rose
2008-04-28 12:42:08 PM  
Wow!... I can't believe there isn't one mention of Dave Brubeck on this list. Since he has nearly 200 albums out I would suggest one of the "best of" collections.

...and of course: Kind of Blue by Miles Davis. That is where jazz begins and ends.
2008-04-28 12:45:02 PM  
Doh! Read "blues" heard "jazz"... oh well, go listen to some good jazz anyway.
2008-04-28 02:03:05 PM  
The topic's been covered pretty well, so I'll just distill it for you: start with the Delta blues and work your way to Chicago. Someday, you'll wake up one morning and find your poor self dead.
2008-04-28 04:45:58 PM  
Gov't Mule
2008-04-28 05:01:42 PM  
CleverGuy81: years of

is that Luther Dickinson of the North Mississippi Allstars?
2008-04-28 05:04:48 PM  
kibitz_thingy: * among my favorites. Gary Moore is my all time favorite.
billie holiday * ***
black crows * ??

paul butterfield blues band

/Came in here to see Butterfield
/No Stephen Stills??

Limewire ??

/not Bittorrent?

I guess Lowell George is folk?
Hank Williams is country; Jimmie Rodgers is "The Man Who Started It All" (white blues)
If you hate Eric Clapton, you haven't listened to The Layla Sessions lately.
/I'm no perfesser, or 'purist', I like music for listening.
2008-04-28 05:10:59 PM  
blind lemon jefferson and Lead Belly
2008-04-28 05:50:01 PM  
sadsaque ---
Yep, Gary Moore. Everybody has your reaction when I say that. But, the electric blues are my favorite type of blues, going back to Janis and some of the stuff Jimi did as well as some really really early (before America) Stones. The Stones version of Red Rooster is even better than Jimi's AFIK. Billie Holiday did big band and the blues. When she does the blues you want to cry. Could be the H she was on. The Black Crows are from the middle to late 80's. I don't know if you're surprised that I included them as blues (which they are) or if you've never heard of them. You should look them up. I like Limewire better for 2 reasons. I've found a megamuch wider range of artists songs than using bittorrent. Also, when a torrent starts to age it gets very very slow (the seeders fall off), so the dl rate for Limewire is much better. I use bittorrent for movies. Also, when using Limewire I lookup the artist by last name and both names. You can get more songs that way. If a song won't download then I look up the song name as well as the artists last name. Usually that will spur the song to download or give you another list where you can find one that will. Does that cover it?
2008-04-28 06:57:55 PM  
If you like blues and like Tom Waits (or even if you like one or the other) you ought to check out John Hammond's Wicked Grin. All Waits covers but totally redone in gritty blues. I listen to that one over and over. Served best with whiskey.
2008-04-29 11:59:29 PM  
Check out "Back Door Slam". Their debut album is called Roll Away. They're standing on the shoulders of giants, but doing it very nicely.
2008-05-01 01:50:19 AM  
Blues recomnnedations

Muddy Waters.
Robert Johnson
John Lee Hooker
Walter Trout
Gary Moore
Albert King
John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
Sonny Terry
Brownie Mcgee
Stevie Ray Vaughn
B.B. King
Willie Dixon
The London Howlin' Wolf Sessions
Barbecue Bob
Rev. Gary Davis
T-Model Ford
Blind Willie Johnson
the black keys
Sonny Boy Williamson
Buddy Guy
Tak Matsumoto
John Hurt

Ralph Machio in Crossroads
Lightnin' Hopkins
Willie "Blind Dog" Fulton & Lightning Boy
Taj Mahal 'The Natch'l Blues'
Charley Musselwhite
r l burnside
Junior Wells
Robert Cray
Otis Rush.
start with Rounder Records or Alligator Records.
Tom Waits
John Lee Hooker
Blind Lemon Jefferson
Barbecue Bob
Ma Rainey
Albert King
Freddie King
T-Bone Walker
Charlie Christian
The Allman Brothers
Chuck Berry
Elmore James
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Mississippi John Hurt
Colin James
joe bonamassa - sloe gin
Tab Benoit
G. Love and Special Sauce
Ali Farka Touré
Son House
Buddy Guy
Junior Wells
Jimmy Reed
Shane Speal
Lonnie Johnson "Another Night To Cry"
Skip James
Albert Cummings
Chris Duarte
Muddy Waters' album "Muddy Waters at Newport 1960"
Ronnie Earl - Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe
W.C. Handy
John Hammond
Doc & Merle Watson
David Bromberg
Gary Moore
George Thorogood
Fenton Robinson
Bukka White
Furry Lewis
Kenny Wayne Shepherd

female vocalists:
Mamie Smith
Nina Simone
Bessie Smith
Etta James
Dinah Washington
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Beth Hart
Koko Taylor
Irma Thomas

A few of the less well-known people:

Meade "Lox" Lewis
Frankie Trumbauer
James P. Johnson
Horace Silver
Bill Evans
Earl Hines
Chris Barber
Philly Joe Jones
Ruby Braff

lesser obvious choices I highly recommend.

Captain Beefheart - "The Spotlight Kid" album
Tom Waits - "Nighthawks at the Diner" album specifically
The "Crumb" soundtrack (filled with incredible blues from the teens, 20's, and 30's)
Dr. John - "The Night Tripper" album
Elmore James (yes he's been mentioned many times)
The John Spencer Blues Explosion
John The Revelator
Medeski Martin and Wood (for some very experimental jazz/blues)
North Mississippi Allstars (for rockier blues)
Mofro - "Country Ghetto" and "Lochloosa"
The Black Crowes - "By Your Side" and "3 Snakes and 1 Charm"

3) My (guitar) list:
older (acoustic/delta): robert johnson, Son House, Bukka White, R.L. Burnside,Fred McDowell, Rev. Gary Davis, Mississippi John Hurt
Next wave (electric): T Bone Walker, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, Ike Turner, Albert Collins, Albert King
Psychadelic: Hendrix, Buddy Guy, Sonny Sharrock, Jean-Paul Bourelly

james cotton
jesse fuller
freddie king
mckinley morganfield
walter horton
otis spann
pinetop perkins
lafayette leake
willie big eyes smith
albert king
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