Blues music

Knowledge Identifier: $Blues



Musical form and genre that originated in African-American communities in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads add

Category: Music

Launched in 1977.

Countries: United States (77%), United Kingdom (6%), (5%)

Main connections: Gaye Adegbalola, Etta James, Sonny Rhodes

Linked to: American Record Corporation, Cambridge University Press, MCA Inc., Oxford University Press




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Ronnie Earl - In 1979 he joined The Roomful of Blues as lead guitarist for the band


During the 1980s, blues continued in both traditional and new forms add something


In the 1980s and 1990s, blues publications such as "Living Blues" and "Blues Revue" began to be distributed, major cities began forming blues societies, outdoor blues festivals became more common, and more nightclubs and venues for blues emerged add something


Perhaps the most visible example of the blues style of music in the late 20th century came in 1980, when Dan Aykroyd and John Belushi released the film "The Blues Brothers" add something


Since at least the 1980s, there has been a resurgence of interest in the blues among a certain part of the African-American population, particularly around Jackson, Mississippi and other deep South regions add something


Charlie Sexton - By the early 1980s, while Charlie and his brother Will Sexton were still young boys, they were both taught how to play guitar by the local Austin legend W. C. Clark, known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues"


Willie Dixon - Dixon was inducted at the inaugural session of the Blues Foundation's ceremony, and into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980


Magic Slim - During the 1980s, Slim released titles on Alligator, Rooster Blues and Wolf Records and won his first W.C. Handy *award


Henry Vestine - Henry began playing with the Pete Carnes Blues Band and made his way to Eugene, Oregon when the band folded in the mid 1980s


Etta James - The members of the Blues Foundation, a non-profit organization set up in Memphis, Tennessee, Tennessee, to foster the blues and its heritage, have nominated James for a Blues Music Award nearly every year since its founding in 1980; and she has received some form of Blues Female Artist of the Year award 14 times since 1989, continuously from 1999 to 2007


T-Bone Walker - Walker was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1980, and into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987


Sherman Robertson - In 1982, Clifton Chenier heard Robertson's band playing at the Crosstown Blues Festival


The first Stevie Ray Vaughan recording, "Texas Flood", was released in 1983, and the Texas-based guitarist exploded onto the international stage add something


Louisiana Red - In 1983 he won a W.C. Handy *award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist


Ma Rainey - In 1983, Rainey was inducted into the Blues Foundation's Hall of Fame and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1990


Christian Dozzler - In 1984 he got called to co-front Austria's 'Mojo Blues Band', and toured and recorded with them until 1993


Gaye Adegbalola - Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women was first formed as a duo in 1984 by Ms. Adegbalola and her guitar teacher, Ann Rabson, with third member Earlene Lewis joining later to form a trio


Sonny Rhodes - Aside from his self-produced 1985 release "Just Blues", later releases included "The Blues Is My Best Friend" and "Out of Control"


Sonny Rhodes - In 1985, "Just Blues", appeared on his own Rhodesway label


J. B. Hutto - In 1985, the Blues Foundation inducted Hutto into its Hall of Fame


In 1986, the album "Strong Persuader" revealed Robert Cray as a major blues artist add something


Ronnie Earl - He began performing solo in 1986, in addition to playing with Roomful of Blues, and he released his first solo album on the Black Top Records label with a quartet that focused on blues instrumentals


Earl King - The first album "Glazed", backed up by Roomful of Blues was released in 1986, and a second album, "Sexual Telepathy" came in 1990


Johannes Kerkorrel - In 1987, Rabie was fired by "Rapport" for using quotes from Botha's speeches in his music; he became a full-time musician and performer under the name "Johannes Kerkorrel en die Gereformeerde Blues Band" , a deliberate reference to the Reformed Church


Gaye Adegbalola - Saffire recorded their first album on their own label in 1987, "Middle Age Blues", with songs including "They Call Me Miss Thang," and "Middle Age Blues Boogie


Corky Siegel - Inspired by his collaboration with Ozawa, Corky Siegel formed Chamber Blues in 1988


John Campbell (blues guitarist) - His next album, "A Man And His Blues", featured Ronnie Earl as producer and guest guitarist, was recorded during two days in April 1988, and was released on a small German record label


Etta James - In 1989, the newly formed Rhythm and Blues Foundation included James in their first Pioneer Awards for artists whose "lifelong contributions have been instrumental in the development of Rhythm & Blues music"


Eric Clapton, known for his performances with the Blues Breakers and Cream, made a comeback in the 1990s with his album "Unplugged", in which he played some standard blues numbers on acoustic guitar add something


However, beginning in the 1990s, digital multitrack recording and other technological advances and new marketing strategies that include video clip production have increased costs, and challenge the spontaneity and improvisation that are an important component of blues music add something


In the 1990s, largely ignored hill country blues gained minor recognition in both blues and alternative rock music circles with North Mississippi artists R. L. Burnside and Junior Kimbrough add something


Gaye Adegbalola - Adegbalola's song "Middle Aged Blues Boogie" was named Best Song of the Year at the 1990 W. C. Handy Awards


Chris Thomas King - As an entrepreneur King took control of his master recordings in the early 1990s, forming 21st Century Blues Records


Etta James - It was not until the early 1990s when James began receiving major industry awards from the Grammys and the Blues Foundation that she began to receive wide recognition


LaVern Baker - She received the 1990 Pioneer Award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation


David Gogo - The CBC Radio's Saturday Night Blues established The Great Canadian Blues Awards in 1990


Gaye Adegbalola - The following year Gaye Adegbalola became a full-time blues performer and in 1990 the band recorded its first album for Alligator Records, with Gaye winning the "Song of the Year" W.C. Handy Award for "Middle Age Blues Boogie


Sue Foley - Foley appeared on the bill at the 1992 San Francisco Blues Festival


Eva Cassidy - In 1992 she released her first album, "The Other Side", a set of duets with go-go musician Chuck Brown, followed by a live solo album, "Live at Blues Alley" in 1996


Christian Dozzler - From 1993 until 2000, he led his own band 'Christian Dozzler & The Blues Wave'


Guy Davis (musician) - He received rave reviews and became the 1993 winner of the Blues Foundation's "Keeping the Blues Alive Award presented to him by Robert Cray at the W.C. Handy Awards ceremony


Lucky Oceans - In 1993 he won a second Grammy Award with Asleep at the Wheel for the band's collaboration with Lyle Lovett on "Blues for Dixie" from the 1993 album "A Tribute to Bob Wills and the Texas Playboys"


Etta James - She was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame in 1993, the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001, and the Grammy Hall of Fame in both 1999 and 2008


Sherman Robertson - Notodden Blues Festival - In addition, Robertson's guitar work appeared on Paul Simon's "Graceland" album, and he was on the bill at the 1994 Notodden Blues Festival


Louisiana Red - In 1994, Louisiana Red fused the blues with the urban Greek music of the bouzouki player, Stelios Vamvakaris, on the album, "Blues Meets Rembetika"


Lee Roy Parnell - In 1994, he and Steve Wariner collaborated with Diamond Rio on a cover of Merle Haggard's "Workin' Man's Blues", credited to Jed Zeppelin and recorded for a tribute album "Mama's Hungry Eyes"


Mable John - John received a Pioneer *award from the Rhythm and Blues Foundation in 1994


Esa Pirnes - Pirnes started his career with Kärpät in the Finnish second league in 1995 and played with them until 1999, when he signed with SM-Liiga club Blues


Snooks Eaglin - "Blues & Soul Records Magazine" No. 8, Mar. 31, 1996 "Snooks Eaglin Interview" Three years later, he dropped out of the school for the blind to become a professional musician


Eva Cassidy - Three years later, during a promotional event for the "Live at Blues Alley" album in July 1996, Cassidy noticed an ache in her hips, which she attributed to stiffness from painting murals while perched atop a stepladder


John Brim - Brim appeared at the 1997 San Francisco Blues Festival


Super Chikan - He did so, and in 1997 he released his debut album, "Blues Come Home to Roost", influenced by such musicians as Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker, and Chuck Berry


David Gogo - The Maple Blues *awards have been presented by the Toronto Blues Society since their inception in 1997


Steven Tracy, 1999, University of Massachusetts Press, pg add something


Big Bill Morganfield - San Francisco Blues Festival - In 1999 Morganfield appeared at the San Francisco Blues Festival


Gaye Adegbalola - Her first solo album, "Bitter Sweet Blues", was recorded in 1999


In the 2000s to the 2010s blues-rock gained a cultural following especially as popularity of the internet increased and artists started creating YouTube channels, forums, and Facebook pages add something


Sue Foley - In 2000 Foley won a Juno Award for Best Blues Album for "Love Comin' Down"


Big Bill Morganfield - In 2000, he won the W.C. Handy Award for Best New Blues Artist


Matt Murphy (blues guitarist) - Murphy can be seen in the films "The Blues Brothers" and "Blues Brothers 2000", where he plays Aretha Franklin's hen-pecked husband


Almost 30 years later, Mahal wrote blues for, and performed a banjo composition, claw-hammer style, in the 2001 movie release "Songcatcher", which focused on the story of the preservation of the roots music of Appalachia add something


Esa Pirnes - He stayed with the Blues for two seasons before he moved to rivals Tappara in 2001


Junior Parker - He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2001


Etta James - In 2001, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame and the Rockabilly Hall of Fame, the latter for her contributions to the developments of both rock and roll music and rockabilly


David Gogo - Gogo's bluesy rendition of Personal Jesus garnered him an *award for Guitarist of the Year at the Maple Blues *awards for 2002


John Brim - One of his final appearances was at the 2002 Chicago Blues Festival


Roxanne Potvin - Potvin made her recording debut in January 2002 when she sang an original tune on "Bogart's Bounce", a Northern Blues release by Ottawa's JW-Jones Blues Band


In 2003, Martin Scorsese made significant efforts to promote the blues to a larger audience add something


Chris Thomas King - He established a publishing company, Young Blues Rebel, LLC. 21st Century Records signed the New Orleans Ninth Ward rap/blues duo the 21C-B-Boyz and the London, England based NuBlues, to 21st Century Blues Records in 2003


Corey Harris - He was featured on the 2003 PBS television mini-series, "The Blues", in an episode directed by Martin Scorsese


Magic Slim - In 2003 Magic Slim and the Teardrops won the W.C. Handy *award as 'Blues Band Of The Year' for the sixth time


Mia Dyson - She shot to fame with her 2003 album "Cold Water" and her subsequent follow-up album, "Parking Lots", which won "Best Blues & Roots album" at the 2005 ARIA *awards


Etta James - Two other albums have won awards, "Let's Roll" in 2003, and "Blues to the Bone" in 2004


Tony Ray - After a long period away from the stages, in 2004 he formed the Ray's Gang Club Band, back to the Classic rock and Blues


Tasesa Lavea - He made his Blues debut in 2004 against the Reds and was part of the Blues for three seasons


Tasesa Lavea - He played first five-eighths for the Blues in Super Rugby from 2004 to 2006, and played both first five-eighths and second five-eighths for the Chiefs in the 2007 and 2008 seasons


David Gogo - He received his second Guitarist of the Year *award at the Maple Blues *awards for 2004


Pete Cosey - In 2004, Cosey appeared in the "Godfathers and Sons" episode of Martin Scorsese's documentary series "The Blues"


Corky Siegel - In 2004, he was a member of a band called the Chicago Blues Reunion, which released the album "Buried Alive in the Blues"


Ma Rainey - In 2004, her song "See See Rider Blues" was inducted in the Grammy Hall of Fame, and was included by the National Recording Preservation Board in the Library of Congress' National Recording Registry in 2004


Jay McShann - Blues Hall of Fame.


Walter Davis (blues) - He was posthumously inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2005


Sam Myers - In 2005, Myers' record, "Coming From The Old School"was nominated for Traditional Blues Album of the Year for his


Sonny Rhodes - Rhodes has played at the San Francisco Blues Festival six times; Italy's Musicamdo Jazz and Blues Festival in 2005; and the Fresno, California Blues Festival in 2007


Blues guitarist and vocalist Keb' Mo' performed his blues rendition of "America, the Beautiful" in 2006 to close out the final season of the television series "The West Wing" add something


Aynsley Lister - He has twice played the Heitere Open Air in Switzerland to 12,000 people and in 2006 he played the main stage at The Bayfront Blues Festival, MN. Later that year he was invited to sit in with Delbert McClinton at The Pinedale Blues Festival in Wyoming, where Delbert kept Lister on stage for the whole second half of his show


Sam Myers - In 2006, just months before Myers died, the Governor of Mississippi presented Myers with the Governor's Award for Excellence in the Arts, and was named state Blues Ambassador by the Mississippi Arts Commission


Sister Rosetta Tharpe - In 2007, she was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame


Aynsley Lister - Lister was the only British artist to be featured in Classic Rock's 2007 "Top 10 Contemporary Blues Artists"; alongside The White Stripes, The Black Keys, John Mayer, Jon Spencer, Jonny Lang, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Joe Bonamassa, Derek Trucks and the North Mississippi Allstars


Tasesa Lavea - The Chiefs played against the Blues on Saturday 31 March 2007


Sherman Robertson - In 2008, Robertson & BluesMove played at the Harvest Time Blues festival in Monaghan


Back Alley John - In February, 2008, Back Alley John was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame of the Calgary Blues Music Association


Stefan Grossman - One of the most significant recent CD reissues is of the original "How To Play Blues $Guitar" LP from 1967, including outtakes and later recordings from subsequent editions of the album


Townes Van Zandt - On October 21, 2008, a number of Van Zandt's personal possessions were auctioned off at The Northside in Akron, Ohio, Ohio, at a benefit for Wrecks Bell, Van Zandt's close friend and bandmate who was the inspiration for the song "Rex's Blues


Tasesa Lavea - In 2009 he rejoined the Blues


Tasesa Lavea - In 2009 he returned to the Blues, however he made only four more appearances for the side in his final season of Super Rugby


Super Chikan - It was recorded in Notodden's Juke Joint Studios, and was released at the 2009 Notodden Blues Festival


Gaye Adegbalola - Saffire - The Uppity Blues Women disbanded amicably in 2009, but Adegbalola continues to pursue solo projects


Matt Murphy (blues guitarist) - He has been on the comeback trail with a reunion performance with James Cotton at the 2010 Chicago Blues Festival


Jean-Pierre Danel - In November 2010, his charitable "Out of the Blues" guitar album to the benefit of AIDS research, is released by Universal


Sonny Rhodes - He has been nominated fifteen times for the Blues Music Awards, and won the Instrumentalist-Other category in 2011


Robert Cray - In 2011, Cray was inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame


John P. Hammond - In 2011, Hammond was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame of the Blues Foundation


Darren Watson - In July 2011 Darren was selected to compete at the International Blues Challenge in Memphis, Tennessee


The blues was highlighted in Season 2012, Episode 1 of "In Performance at The White House", entitled "Red, White and Blues" add something


Guy Davis (musician) - In 2012 Davis released an audio play called The Adventures of Fishey Waters: In Bed with the Blues


Wiley Reed - In 2012 Wiley Reed and his band opened the 2012 Broadbeach Blues Festival with Bob Malone, Chris Jagger, Phil Emmanuel and other international acts and was a highlight act on the main stage at the 2012 Noosa Jazz Festival


Darren Watson - In Feb. 2012 Darren performed at The Australian Blues Music Festival in Goulburn, New South Wales, and in May of the same year he headlined the Blues On Broadbeach Festival in Queensland


David Gogo - The album was nominated for JUNO *award , a SiriusXM INDIES *award , and won "Blues Recording of the Year" in the 2012 Western Canadian Music *awards


Walter Davis (blues) - The stone was unveiled at the 2012 Big Muddy Blues Festival in St. Louis, Missouri


Walter Davis (blues) - In October 2012 the Killer Blues Headstone Project, a nonprofit organization, placed a headstone on Davis's unmarked grave at Greenwood Cemetery in Hillsdale, Missouri


Earl Hooker - In 2013, Hooker was posthumously inducted to the Blues Hall of Fame


Willie Dixon - On April 28, 2013, Dixon's grandson, Alex Dixon, was inducted into the Chicago Blues Hall of Fame along with his grandfather


Magic Slim - In May 2013, Magic Slim was posthumously *awarded a Blues Music *award in the 'Traditional Blues Male Artist' category


Walter Trout - In 2014, his album, "Luther's Blues", was nominated for a Blues Music *award in the 'Rock Blues Album of the Year' category