Thread: Blues Music

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    I'm trying to get into blues music. Can any blues fans out there please tell me who I should listen to, or good blues songs that are out there. Any help will be greatly appreciated.
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    BB King
    Muddy Waters
    Robert Johnson
    Howlin' Wolf
    Stevie Ray Vaughan
    John Lee Hooker
    Koko Taylor
    George Thorogood
    Buddy Guy
    Willie Dixon
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    I've recently been listening to a lot of Alice in Chains, which i listened to a lot in high school during the mid 90's. Though they are catagorized as a metal or grunge band, there's something I noticed about them recently with my more developed musical taste. The way Layne Staley sings and the things he sings about, IT IS TOTALLY THE BLUES!! He's a rock and roll junky singing the blues to heavy metal guitars.
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    Albert King
    Sonny Boy Williamson
    Lightenin' Slim
    Jelly Roll Morton
    Some of the Doors' later stuff (that would make a really good alternative to another traditional Doors best of, a cd of all their blusiest stuff.)
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    Quote by MattNash
    I've recently been listening to a lot of Alice in Chains, which i listened to a lot in high school during the mid 90's. Though they are catagorized as a metal or grunge band, there's something I noticed about them recently with my more developed musical taste. The way Layne Staley sings and the things he sings about, IT IS TOTALLY THE BLUES!! He's a rock and roll junky singing the blues to heavy metal guitars.


    No to anything heavy metal.
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    I like the group Blues Traveler and my favorite song is Hook,
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    it has both old and newer styles.
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    Quote by MattNash
    I've recently been listening to a lot of Alice in Chains, which i listened to a lot in high school during the mid 90's. Though they are catagorized as a metal or grunge band, there's something I noticed about them recently with my more developed musical taste. The way Layne Staley sings and the things he sings about, IT IS TOTALLY THE BLUES!! He's a rock and roll junky singing the blues to heavy metal guitars.


    thats not blues...and i hate when people tell me rock bands like led zepplin and such are blues, its tottaly different. blues is

    stevie ray vaughan
    bb king
    albert king
    koko taylor
    muddy waters
    robert johnson
    eric clapton
    howlin wolf
    johnny winter
    kenny wayne shepherd
    johnny lang
    Leadbelly
    blind lemon jefferson
    sonny boy willaimson
    the yardbirds
    bessie smith
    tampa red
    willie dixon
    big joe turner
    lightnin hopkins
    otis span
    john lee hooker
    albert collins
    john mayall
    etc etc etc blah blah blah
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    Quote by COOLHAND
    thats not blues...and i hate when people tell me rock bands like led zepplin and such are blues, its tottaly different. blues is


    Oh, but it is. Listen to the entire "Jar of Flies" album, the song Junkhead from the album "Dirt", and the song Real Thing from the album "Facelift", they all have strong blues elements.
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    yes they have blues elements! but they arent blues. they are rock. rock stems off of blues so alot of times rock has blues sounds in it...but that doesnt make it blues.
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    I don't know. I mean, I know what you mean, but why do we need to draw these distinctions.

    If it sounds like blues to Matt, then why can't they be blues? I think just because they don't have the typical blues "look" or sound, they shouldn't automatically be shot-down.
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    I agree. I know people who don't consider Stevie Ray Vaughan blues. I consider him blues, however. Another good example is "Blues Travelor" or "John Spencer Blues Explosion", they both call themselves blues, but they're not blues at all.
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    Thanks for your help. I recently purchased B.B.King Gold and a Robert Johnson cd. I'll be sure to check out all of the others listed.
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    Good choices. I suggest looking around the internet to find blues based stations to find out what you're into and there's lots of good budget priced cds around too with good compilations on them.
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    Quote by MattNash
    I agree. I know people who don't consider Stevie Ray Vaughan blues. I consider him blues, however. Another good example is "Blues Travelor" or "John Spencer Blues Explosion", they both call themselves blues, but they're not blues at all.


    alright. all im trying to say is that blue is as blues does. its a lifestyle that comes with the music. a rock band might have a blues feel. but they are still a rock band. the white stripes are a prime example of this...i love them to death and they have a great blues sound, but they are blues.
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    That's the most subjective thing I've ever heard.

    What type of lifestyle is a "blues lifestyle", that by your definition, one would have to live in order to play the blues and not just some cheap knock-off of the blues?
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    Quote by COOLHAND
    alright. all im trying to say is that blue is as blues does. its a lifestyle that comes with the music. a rock band might have a blues feel. but they are still a rock band. the white stripes are a prime example of this...i love them to death and they have a great blues sound, but they are blues.


    I understand where you're coming from. That's the way I feel about Led Zeppelin in some of their songs.
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    dont even get me started on Led...i like them, but they steal songs and play sloppy...

    ilikethepixies - im not even going to begin to explain that one...you need to know blues music before you ask questions like that
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    Same here, and that's why I felt fine mentioning the Doors. Particuarly their albums Morrison Hotel and LA Woman and the compilation Essential Rarities which has two great blues tracks, I Will Never Be Untrue and Woman is a Devil.
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    i can see the doors as being blues on some of the later stuff for sure

    i have a rare version of them playing backdooor man with jimi hendrix, which is pretty cool...
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    Their boxed set has them doing two songs with Albert King, Money and Rock me Baby.

    I feel the same way about Zep, I like some of their stuff but I don't worship them like some people do. I think lots of bands who were out the same time as them were doing hard rock just as good if not better than them and that they were never that great a live band.

    I do love the Yardbirds. They have a great 1968 live boot Jimmy keeps trying to supress. I don't know why, it's a killer show.
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