Top 10 Blues Harmonica Players

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The Harmonica,(or mouth harp) was invented around 1820 in Germany and started being massively exported to the U.S in the last quarter of the 19th century. The cheap and easy to carry instrument quickly became very popular among itinerant blues musicians in North America’s deep south. They popularized the technique known as “cross harp”, which […]

Top 10 Johnny Winter Songs

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Being an albino, skinny, and slightly cross-eyed never were hurdles to the Texan John Dawson Winter (aka Johnny Winter) in becoming one of the most prolific and influential blues legends of all time. His career goes from the 1960s to the 2010s, including iconic achievements, like gigging at Woodstock Festival in 1969, recording/jamming with Jimi […]

Top 10  Bonnie Raitt Songs

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Bonnie Lynn Raitt was born on November 8, 1949 in Burbank, California. Her parents were both in the entertainment industry.  Her father, John Raitt was a headline singer in Broadway musicals like Carousel and Oklahoma, and her mother Marge Goddard was a successful pianist/singer. She was raised in a Quaker religious atmosphere and her parents […]

Top 10 Gary Moore Songs

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There are very few guitarists who are able to convey their feelings through their guitar playing as well as Gary Moore. One of the most iconic and highly revered six-stringers in history, countless musicians have acknowledged Moore’s influence and moving tone on their playing. Legendary bluesman Albert King reputedly said of the late, great Irish […]

Top 10 Rory Gallagher Songs

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Rory Gallagher was born in Ballyshannon, Ireland, March 2, 1948, and grew up in a home devoid of musical influences including the absence of a record player. Nevertheless, he discovered early rock & roll artists like Elvis Presley which piqued his interest in American early blues. He was able to listen to the radio and […]

Top 10 Free Songs

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Free is one of the most important and influential English bands of the late 60s and early 70s British blues boom, although the group’s very strong catalog is sometimes overshadowed by their mega-hit and classic rock radio staple  “All Right Now”. The band, whose classic line-up consisted of drummer Simon Kirke, bassist Andy Fraser, guitarist […]

Top 10 Black Crowes Songs

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Great artists need a certain lack of self-awareness. It’s what allows them to be brave and bold. The Black Crowes lack self-awareness. Their brilliant debut, Shake Your Money Maker, was Rolling Stones-influenced rock and roll that brought 1970s swagger into the 1990s. While the album was a commercial hit, critics vilified the band for sounding […]

Top 10 Blues Collaborations

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When two greats of the blues join forces, we naturally anticipate something unforgettable, something beyond magical. Sadly this isn’t always the case, particularly when a battle for supremacy emerges and neither musician ends up complementing the other. On the other hand, sometimes these collaborations can go beyond even our wildest expectations – seemingly as if […]

Top 10 Freddie King Songs

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Falling somewhere between the post-war blues pantheon and the late ‘60s electric blues revolution, Freddie King’s music provides the missing link that helps make sense of the blues rock timeline. A bluesman who drifted effortlessly between rock, gospel, and funk, his multifaceted style and ability to play both tenderly and explosively shone brightly but briefly. […]

Top 10 Bluesy Metal Albums

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Heavy metal derives primarily from blues-based hard rock. However, when the New Wave Of British Heavy Metal arose in the mid-to-late ’70s, most of the blues aspects of heavy metal music were toned down in order to give way to a faster and even more aggressive sound. Nevertheless, before and after this change of style, […]