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If You Love The Blues, This Is The Place For You.

There are many ways to describe the Blues, but as Gary Moore (R.I.P.) said, ‘Everybody knows what it’s about.’ Life, love, loss, there’s no story the Blues can’t tell without touching somebody’s soul. It’s best described as an emotional roller coaster, taking on a journey of highs and lows of joy, fury and heartbreak.

This music has come a long way since its birth in the 19th century. Since then it has experienced a rapid evolution in form and style, giving us Rhythm ’n’ Blues (R ’n B), Gospel, Soul, and even Rock and Roll and Heavy Metal.

Without the likes of Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters or Rory Gallagher we wouldn’t have Eric Clapton, Slash, the Rolling Stones or Louis Armstrong. As the great Willie Dixon put it, ‘The Blues are the roots and the other musics are the fruits.’

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What You’ll Find On All About Blues Music

Here on All About Blues you’ll find nothing but love and appreciation for this timeless art.
From woe to joy we celebrate the highs and lows that the Blues puts us through. Music is something to be shared with everyone, and we want you to enjoy every moment of its history with us as only true fans would.

Blues Showcase

Matty T Wall

But getting into the blues was a complicated process for the young Australian. Early inspiration Not surprisingly, a big part of his return came with the realization of how much heavy metal had been built upon the emotional rawness and honesty of the blues. The Blues in the Outback That combustion of genres ...

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Phil and Dave Alvin

Those with at least a casual familiarity with bluesy rock and rock will very likely recognize the Alvin Brothers’ names as the co-leaders of the Blasters. But there’s more to their tale than the music they collaborated to create. Blues Brothers Their shared story has all the elements of a Hollywood epic: ...

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Katie Bradley

There’s a lot of history in the blues harp. From the late nineteenth century when the instrument first became widely available and through the southern jug bands and honky-tonk howlers that gave sharp and vivid voice to every syllable just beyond the human voice’s reach. It’s not clear how much of ...

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Jimmy Adler

The Devil’s Music Everything you need to know about blues guitar master Jimmy Adler and his style as a performer can be understood with a single quote from the Pittsburgh native. “Listening to blues is a spiritual experience.  Blues music expresses the emotions of the human condition and makes one feel good.  ...

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Layla Zoe

Layla Zoe’s years on the blues scene have been insanely successful and are loaded with the promise of even greater success. Comparisons to legendary voices (Janis Joplin is the most often cited name) are not uncommon as she builds the kind of reputation that strong careers are made of. And ...

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Sari Schorr

New York City is not typically recognized as a fertile ground for blues performers. While the blues is and has always been alive in the influence of many jazz greats who cut their teeth in the Big Apple (Billie Holiday, Lester Young and Charlie Parker come to mind) the slick ...

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Cedric Burnside

Blues drummer Cedric Burnside couldn’t have gotten a better lineage of music richness if he’d requested it himself. The grandson of legendary bluesman R.L. Burnside and the son of blues drummer Calvin Jackson, this bright shinning light on the blues scene learned his craft early and has taken all the ...

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JW Jones

Southern Blues from Way Up North The consensus among knowledgeable blues fans is that the genre has its origins in the American south. Legends from the Mississippi Delta such as Robert Johnson, Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker as well as Texas blues rockers like T-Bone Walker, Big Mama Thornton and ...

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Danielle Nicole

When it comes to an ability to belt out blues that bring your bones to a simmer, vocalist and bassist supreme Danielle Nicole is cut from the same soulful cloth as Etta James, Koko Taylor and Shemekia Copeland. In other words she is the vocal personification of everything blues fans ...

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Marcus King Band

From Jerry Lee Lewis to Lynyrd Skynyrd to the Derek Trucks Band, blues-flavored southern rock has earned a special place in the world of American popular music. And the sensational Marcus King Band seem likely candidates to someday garner the praise and popularity of all of this subgenre’s successors. Chicken fried ...

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Essential Albums


If you were to own only twenty Blues albums, these are the ones we think they should be.
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2016 Blues Albums

It may seem odd to consider this moment in time as a ‘golden age of the blues,’ but in some ways it is exactly that. Because of new technology, it is now possible to dive into the waters of a wide range of artists or entire subgenres of the blues that may have ordinarily slipped under everybody’s radar – except for a select few who may have witnessed the music in person.

Thanks to the new avenues available in music sharing we can not only take a breathtaking look at the past, but also a stunning look into the future of the blues as it spreads to more and more unexpected corners of the world. Right now we can appreciate recent releases from Delta blues legend James Cotton as well and Scandinavian belter Ina Forsman – and everything in between.
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Guitar Lessons

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These free lessons will introduce you to the basics needed to play Blues Guitar. Lessons include Chords riffs and improvisation. Be the next Blues Star and start practicing today.
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Blues Tutorial

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This Tutorial “How The Blues Ruled The World” can be used as part of Black History Month, or as a teaching aid in any class room or lecture. The fully scripted presentation can be downloaded and customized.
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Blues Music Facts

Blues Music Facts

Discover all things that make the Blues so important to the lives of so many. This is the stuff you need to know.
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TEXAS BLUES

Texas Blues

Texas has long been a fertile source of Blues music, and it continues to uphold that tradition, but there is a difference between the early days and the present. What we know today as ‘Texas Roadhouse Blues’ is typically a … Learn More

CONGO SQUARE

Congo Square

Congo Square, on Rampart Street in New Orleans, is a place of special significance for lovers of modern American music. A statue of ‘Satchmo’ stands in what is now called Louis Armstrong Park, near the Municipal Auditorium, and this location … Learn More

THE PETRILLO BAN

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Trumpeter James C Petrillo had already been President of the Chicago Local 10 chapter of the American Federation of Musicians since 1922, when he was elected National President in 1940. Soon afterwards, the American Society of Composers, Authors and Publishers … Learn More

BRUCE IGLAUER

Aligator Records

Alligator Records was born from the passion for Blues music felt by its founder Bruce Iglauer. Bruce was working for a record company in Chicago when he heard an exciting slide-guitarist in a club, and when he couldn’t get his … Learn More

CHRIS STRACHWITZ

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“Arr-hoolie” was a field call, common among agricultural workers back when the Blues began, and when the young Chris Strachwitz and his friend Mack McCormick were drifting around the South in 1960 looking for Blues singers to record, it was … Learn More

FIFE & DRUM MUSIC

Fife and Drums

Fife and drum music is a branch of country Blues that has survived from the 19th Century in a few remote rural districts of northern Mississippi. With modest home-made instruments and a simple structure, it is neverthless a joyful music, … Learn More

PAUL OLIVER

Paul Oliver

Paul Oliver is a remarkable man and a prolific author, whose name is spoken in awe by people who regard him as a fountain of wisdom on his chosen subject. However, they may not know of his alternative career in … Learn More

‘FROM SPIRITUALS to SWING’ – JOHN HAMMOND Sr.

Spiritual To Swing

In 1938, the ‘Spirituals to Swing’ Concert at Carnegie Hall in New York celebrated the contribution that African-American musicians had made to popular American culture over the previous decades. The Blues had grown up in the South as a folk … Learn More