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Allman Brothers Band The Allman Brothers, guitarists Duane and Gregg, formed their band in the late 1960s, combining classic blues and country music to achieve an eclectic sound sometimes described as "Southern" rock. The Allman Brothers Band at Fillmore East (1971) is an iconic live album that begins with Statesboro Blues, a song by Blind Willie McTell (1898 - 1959) and continues its blues vibe for the whole concert. Their sound would influence generations of blues and blues-rock musicians.
Canned Heat's cover of a 1920s blues song, "Going up the Country," was one of the most memorable songs of the famous Woodstock Festival of 1970.
Eric Clapton (b. 1945), solo and with Cream, Derek and the Dominos, and The Yardbirds, continues to be one of the most influential champions of the Blues. His Crossroads Guitar Festival brings together young and old performers every few years since 1999.
|Jimi Hendrix playing guitar behind his back|
Led Zeppelin was heavily influenced by the blues, and some of their songs are straight-up blues numbers. One famous example is "When the Levee Breaks," a song about the 1927 flood of the Mississippi River that greatly affected people from Kentucky to New Orleans.
The Rolling Stones embraced the blues as youngsters in the 1950s, and as they developed their signature style, one stop for them was the famous Chess Records studio in Chicago where their heroes had recorded. The name of the group comes from a song by Muddy Waters.
|Jimmie & Stevie Ray Vaughan with |
the double-neck guitar they used for duets.
Stevie Ray Vaughan (1954 - 1990) grew up with the blues, and followed in his brother's footsteps. He and his group, Double Trouble, had several hits, including "Texas Flood" during the 1980s. His life was cut short by a helicopter crash in 1990.
ZZ Top is the quintessential blues-rock band.
More Blues-Influenced Performers:
Alabama Shakes released their first album in 2011, representing the latest generation of blues-rock artistry.
The Black Crowes
The Black Keys band is at once progressive and retro, channeling blues singers, 1960s psychedelic sounds, and modern Alt-Rock styles.
Joe Bonamassa (b. 1977) is one of the few guitarists to be successful as a soloist. He founded an organization, "Keeping the Blues Alive Foundation," to support music for young people, awarding scholarships for college students and grants to deserving public schools.
Robert Cray (b. 1953) is one of the enduring blues vocalist/guitarists of the current generation. He has collaborated with Eric Clapton and many other blues masters.
For More Information Check out these books:
Blues Music in the Sixties: A Story in Black and White
ML 3521 .A34 2010
Crossroads: How the Blues Shaped Rock 'n' Roll (And Rock Saved the Blues)
ML 3521 .M56 2013
Texas Blues: The Rise of a Contemporary Sound
ML 394 .G68 2008
Journeyman's Road: Modern Blues Lives from Faulkner's Mississippi to post-9/11 New York
ML 394 .G98 2007
Russia Gets the Blues: Music, Culture, and Community in Unsettled Times
ML 3521 .U6 2004
All Music Guide to the Blues: The Definitive Guide to the Blues
Reference: ML 156.4 B6 A45 2003