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Greatest Blues Artists

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Rated 155 points - posted 5 years ago by pxc0 in category Music.
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B.B. King Report Abuse
Perhaps the most famous blues artist ever, King attained unprecedented mainstream success thanks to his prodigious guitar skills and support from artists such as Eric Clapton,
472 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 14 comments
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John Mayer? really?
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This is the 'most famous' list then? Not 'the best'. Else a good 4 or 5 out of the top 10 wouldn't be in there.
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I need a good blues artist for my homework..... which is the besty?
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What about kimbourgh junior
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Guess you've never seen Lucky Petetson perform live. You'd have to include him. Also, any mention of Clapton should include j.j. Cale. Rigjt?
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John Mayer? Seriously? Do you know what blues is?
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I mean c'mon, Bonnie Raitt and John Mayer are included but Skip James isn't good enough??? I think it's past your bedtime.
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Skip James not in the top 75?? Really?? You have to be kidding me. Zero cred to this list as such.
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John Mayer. No. He has slept with everyone in hollywood and isnt even a true blues artist. SRV SHOULD BE #1
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Ye! I mean BB King style - IT'S GREAT
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I keep watching his style - IT'S GREAT MAN!
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john mayer NEEDS to be on here
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He is good
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Where's John Mayer????
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Robert Johnson Report Abuse
One of the first legendary American musicians to die at the young age of 27, Johnson is most well known for the legend that he sold his soul to the devil at the crossroads so he could be a great blues musician
353 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 6 comments
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I don't get why people are complaining. He is pretty high.
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this man should be number one
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too too low... you don't know what you're talking about
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come on he sold his soul for this genre number 1 is where he should be
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Too influencial to put this low!
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an absolute legend! greatest pure blues ever written and sung..nothing but a man and his guitar singing about his blues
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John H. Hammond Report Abuse
Hammond was instrumental in sparking or furthering numerous musical careers, including those of Benny Goodman, Charlie Christian, Billie Holiday, Count Basie, Teddy Wilson, Big Joe Turner, Pete Seeger, Babatunde Olatunji, Aretha Franklin, George Benson, Bob Dylan, Freddie Green, Leonard Cohen, Bruce Springsteen, Arthur Russell, Asha Puthli and Stevie Ray Vaughan. He is also largely responsible for the revival of delta blues artist Robert Johnson's music.
335 points - added 3 years ago by hrebollo - 2 comments
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John P. Hammond(son) is the musician, his father was a producer & talent scout but was a non musician so its hard to consider him a blues artist & most of his discoveries were Jazz muso's. The son though incredibly talented is not a legend or that influential.
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This is the musician, John Hammond's father, not Hammond who has been performing for 40+ years...makes you wonder who's compiling this
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Stevie Ray Vaughan Report Abuse
He was a god in the blues scene, he must be included to this list
276 points - added 4 years ago by vsync - 15 comments
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I am serious. And don't call me Shirley.
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Just did Hendrix riffs. Not even close to being on this is. Hell blues brothers were better
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Best thers is , best there was, best there ever will be.
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SRV: I'm sorry, but not this high. He was standing on the shoulders of giants, many who have gone before him (us) who deserve to be above him.
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If you are realistic and give all Blues artists its credit in the Blues Genre.............no doubt that at the end....SRV is the Best , That's it !!!
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jimmie vaughan is not here?are you kidding me?
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1st time i went to a Stevie Ray event was in Wichita Falls,Texas. Great then and even better with time! RIP ole friend!
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he was good better than most.
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too great to go so early. amazingly powerful skilled left hand. punished his axe and played .013's like they were .009's. among the best of the post 1960 blues artists. you can pick him out of a recording as easily as bb. being unique and still true to the genre is a big reason to put someone on this list. his signature sound is a strong reason for his high rating here imho.
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RIP SRV... I love you man
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how can robert johnson be 4th and stevie ray vaughan be 3rd?? makes no sense, SRV should be lower down
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above robert johnson, that must be a joke
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SRV is #1
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NOOOOOOO!!!!!!!! SRV IS THE BEST!!!! BETTER THAN EVERYONE ON THIS LIST!!!! GO STEVIE!!! #1!!!
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you are surely joking
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Muddy Waters Report Abuse
Influenced a generation of famous rock stars from Clapton to Zeppelin to Jimmi Hendrix. Rock and Roll as we know it today would not exist if it wasn't for Muddy
232 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 7 comments
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Muddy was quality!
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Muddy is one of my favs loves his down to earth bluesy style. Should be higher up
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Before my time but definitely one of my fave artists. They don't make em like muddy any more *sniff*
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lead belly should be hea
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MUDDY
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He is the best!!! I love you!!!
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muddy was muddy well before I knew his music. thanks very much for the music
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John Lee Hooker Report Abuse
A favorite of The Doors, Hooker was known for his gravely, emotion-laden voice and repetitive, hypnotic guitar riffs.
175 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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lol, hooker.
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John Lee's voice and guitar are one of a kind, a true legend.
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what! should be top three
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Howlin Wolf Report Abuse
The man had the most amazing voice in blues history and his songs were made famous by The Doors, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds.
166 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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Wow the wolf is a all time favorite should be higher up
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They were mostly Willie Dixon's songs, though.
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i can still hear the wolf howling to that moon
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Eric Clapton Report Abuse
Probably the best blues guitarist ever. He cannot be omitted from this list.
142 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 16 comments
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Only problem is He is not listed in top 5. Besides being blatantly obvious, Clapton considers himself to be a blues guitarist.
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I'm as white as a pint of milk, Big Bill Broonzy got me hooked on the blues. He is bottom 50 and Clapton is top 10??
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without clapton we would never known the blues like we do now? remember john mayall and the bluesbreakers feat eric clapton CLAPTON IS GOD
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hey buddy, Walking Blues was written by Robert Johnson. Don't tell people they don't know what that talking about if you're going to be that ignorant.
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all of u guys are right, influenced by blues but never but could be put under blues!
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Surely nobody could argue with the way Clapton introduced the blues to a white (and therefore much larger) audience? Or the way he took the blues and injected the beginnings of psychedelic music to essentially shape the course of all future rock music? Blues isn't defined by the playing: blues is about the feeling.
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clapton is better than anyone on this list. listen to the song crossroads. and even if you dont consider him to be blues cause your retards, he was definitely very blues inspired.
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Clapton is one of the greatest rock artists NOT BLUES ARTISTS, HE HAS A LOT OF GREAT BLUES SONGS BUT HE DOESNT DESERVE TO BE THIS HIGH UP, ABOVE WILLIE DIXON... ARE U KIDING ME!!!!
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Clapton shouldn't be on this list, hes a great musician but hes not a blues musician Clapton is R&B...
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Gotta agree. He needs to be here, but certainly NOT this high up!
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may not have written a lot of original scores but then who has except willie dixon. I started listening to blues because of him . His body of work is amazing
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why is Clapton on this list? Above leadbelly? you've gotta be kidding me
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This list is not the greatest blues SONGWRITERS it is the greates blues ARTISTS. Pay attention, OJsakila.
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I agree with you "guest". Hey OJsakila, check out a song called "Walkin' Blues" by Eric Clapton. Tell me that's not blues. If you're going to preach it, know the subject.
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OJsakila obviously has a very limited knowledge of Eric Clapton music, especially his earlier stuff. He has an entire "Blues" album....and the name of the album is actually called "Blues". LOL.
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He NEVER wrote a blues song in his life. Name one, Forever Man and Tears in Heaven ARE NOT blues songs... He jams his butt off but he has NEVER written a blues song. Your list must have been put togetther by monkeys.....or sheep.
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Buddy Guy Report Abuse
141 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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Buddy Guy is FABULOUS!! One of the very best
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This guy does absolute magic to my soul!!! he is sooo goood!!!
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I think buddy should be at least number 5, if you haven't hear him your missing something great.
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one of guitar gods without whom there would be no stevie ray or jimihendrix just listen and you will know what i mean Pratik
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Jimi Hendrix Report Abuse
Legend Guitarist, vocalist, pianist, bass guitarist and drummer. Influenced by many that are on this list.
138 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 17 comments
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If you say Hendrix isn't blues, listen to Purple Haze, then come right back
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jim hendrix may possibly be the greatest rock guitarist of all time, but that doesn't mean he should be at the top of a blues list. should he even be here at all? i know he was blues influenced but so was jimmy page, keith richards, jeff beck, so why aren't they here? putting a non-blues guitarist at the top of a blues list is as about as disrespectful as you can be. yes, he has blues in his playing but he also has funk, rock and roll, jazz and just about everything else in there too. if you're making a blues list don't say the blues is so boring and insubstantial we need to put a rock guitarist in here
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jimi hendrix was influenced by bb king, muddy waters, john lee hooker and howling wolf to name a few. he used to be the guitarist for little richard. he routes are completely in the blues. it was his mastering of blues rifts combined with influences from british pop rock (which was largely influenced by the blues) that made jimi hendrix the star he was. if anyone believes he isnt blues they are thick and shouldnt comment on blues is cos the clearly havent a clue.
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Jimi Hendrix was very blues orientated .Sure he was very Rock but so was Eric Clapton ,They are still both blues men
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rANDOM time !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! ANGUS YOUNG IS DA BEST Rt
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if you dont see the blues in hendrix,you will never find the blues
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lol 800 Hendrix songs
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Jimi was not a blues man , he did not play the blues even though you people say he did and even though he himself said he did, you can tell by just listening to one of his songs and tell that he didn't play the blues.
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Don't need comments!
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He made an album called Blues. Why would you debate that.
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Jimi's music was very blues oriented! How you not consider Red House and Voodoo Chile blues suggests you just aren't listening.
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Jimi was most definitely blues. Having over 800 of his songs, I can tell you without any hesitation that he was blues, and heavily blues inspired. Obviously he's main records were not all blues focused, but many of his jams and other rare recordings were.
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umm JIMMY JAMES AND THE BLUE FLAMES..... Hendrix is blues.
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any of Hendrix's rare cassettes or again vinyl were all blues. not until when he was in his original band was he rock n roll and psychedelic
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Agreed, but that was not his primary genre.
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I would suggest you listen to Red House then tell me Hendrix didn't play the Blues
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Now if he only played the blues instead of rock cause last time I checked my genres he wasn't in blues.
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Lightnin' Hopkins Report Abuse
95 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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You know this list is screwed up when lighnin is so down low.Good names here unfortunately a lot of bad taste too
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Elmore James Report Abuse
92 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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I helped him up to 12. You're welcome.
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yea I agree with the post above. NO WAY that Elmore belongs at 28. Ya gotta be kiddin. He is top 10 easy.
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28th? Seriously? He's top 10, maybe top 5. Great voice, great guitar, and the "Broomdusters"....what more do you want. Gain some credibility and put him up where he belongs.
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Albert King Report Abuse
Put out the best blues album (along with Magic Sam's West Side Soul) of the 60's Born Under A Bad Sign
89 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 3 comments
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The one and only king of blues
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BMF Blues Man!
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Are you kidding me. Albert is the bet ever, playing and singing. Com On Man.
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Leadbelly Report Abuse
89 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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Absolutely one of the greatest, but worked much wider than conventional blues. Best known songs include Irene Goodnight, Rock Island Line and Silver City Bound, none of them blues.
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Etta James Report Abuse
80 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 4 comments
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I'd rather go blind such an emotional song as she put into all her heart and soul with her voice wow should definitely be higher up
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under rated
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"QUEEN OF BLUES"
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one of the greatest
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Son House Report Abuse
70 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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yeah really. top ten are: hurt house johnson williamson mcdowell slim james reed mcdowell patton !!!
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Son House taught Robert Johnson, is considered the father of Delta Blues, yet he is not top 10? As much as I love Howlin Wolf, Muddy Waters and Hendrix, they shouldn't be above Son House. WTF is Stevie Ray Vaughan doing up there??
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Son House has some incredible songs. The man was a genius.
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Ray Charles Report Abuse
Because Ray took the blues and invented Rock 'n' Roll not mention he dabbled in almost every genre know to man. This man is god.
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Peter Green Report Abuse
When he played for Fleetwood Mac and his solo stuff , he should be recognised as british leading blues guitarist
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BB King said he was the only blue guitarist send him shivers. He deserves top 10 at least
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he sucks balls
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Joe Bonamassa Report Abuse
he was supporting bb king when he was 12!!!!
54 points - added 4 years ago by guest - 9 comments
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I ate breakfast with Joe15 years ago...the day after he played a room of less than 20 people...and I knew then that he was the best to come around in a very, very long time. When you get a chance to talk to him on a 1 to 1 level you realize just how special this guy is...A virtual Mozart of the blues and rock....he feels and plays as if he is the notes of the music....I've seen this, at this level, once before....Jimi Hendrix at Winterland - 1968
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this cat is the real deal. might be new but compared to many others but he has the chops, voice and feeling to make a deep permanent mark as one of the best. if the balad of john henry doesn't blow your hair back, you need to let it grow out ---
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Joe is the new kid on the block and maturing into one of the greatest of all time, still young in terms of the blues
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joe is the best blues artist i personally think he is above the rest on this list and hes only going to get better and hes only young were as the rest on here are good cause there old or dead
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Joe was born to play the guitar, and his vocals are strong. I saw his concert last night (I had never heard of him) he could virtually use his guitar to make love to his audience. I became a huge fan instantly.
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A list that includes Muddy Waters, Robert Johnson, Leadbelly and other greats of another era is pointless--like comparing Jelly Roll Morton to Dave Brubeck or to Oscar Peterson. Or putting W.C. Handy ahead of Miles. Bonamassa is the only real deal to come along since Clapton. And he may prove to be better.
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Joe Bonamassa is bad alright, as in one awesome guitar player! He plays much more than blues but the blues he does play is amazing stuff.
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i think hes bad very bad im surprised he got this high up if i was making one of these i would put him write at the bottom the very bottom!!!!
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I don't know whether he deserves to be in the top ten, but honestly, 25th is just insulting. Please help me change this people!!!
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Billie Holiday Report Abuse
54 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 1 comment
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she's legend! number 1 !!!
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T-Bone Walker Report Abuse
54 points - added 5 years ago by pxc0 - 3 comments
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Man, the greatest blues guitarist is only 23?
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^ No, he doen't
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he sucks jp
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albert collins Report Abuse
53 points - added 3 years ago by olntime - 3 comments
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The Iceman is one of the best, if not the best, Texas-Style bluesmen ever.
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I agree
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please check thisbrother and judge for your self video is best
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Willie Dixon Report Abuse
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insane asylum (feat. koko taylor) is one of the greatest blues songs of all time
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Another influencial, legend who should be much higher. How much of his stuff was "remixed" by groups like Led Zepplin.
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Gary Moore Report Abuse
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great and fast gitarist. dont know why is he so low on list
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guitar virtuoso but lacks bluesy vocals maybe I could do the vocals for him jus kiddin man
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Blind Willie Johnson Report Abuse
Just listen to the music, influence,
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amazing slide technique cannot be imitated easily Pratik
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lighting hopkins Report Abuse
43 points - added 3 years ago by olntime - 3 comments
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You guys have rated him twice no 13 is more like it
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He is in the top 15 under "Lightnin' Hopkins"
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It is a crying shame he isn't in the top 20. Amazing guitarist and vocalist.
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Little Walter Report Abuse
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Basically the primary catalyst behind the modern harp as we know it today. A true innovator who back in the day, was bigger than Muddy. His early death likely contributes to the low ranking ... this guy needs to be Top 10 at least. Maybe Top 5.
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The Black Keys Report Abuse
Although still a new band, they have successfully bridged the gap between blues rock and popular music. From future guitar classics like 'thickfreakness', to rockin' blues anthems like 'I Got Mine,' the Black keys are proving that the blues isn't a music style of a bygone era, but a form that is kicking and screaming to be rediscovered by a new generation.
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if your gonna have the black keys on here they need to be below the white stripes. seriously
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Amazing Band, with great blues influence and catchy enough to bring them to the mainstream.
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Robert Cray Report Abuse
Has been in the blues seen for decades, and blues legend Eric Clapton invites him to the Crossroads guitar festival everytime the event happens.
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Time Takes Two-now that's some blues!
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Charlie Patton Report Abuse
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If you think this list is bad because Charlie Patton is rated so low, just be thankful he's still a few spots above John Mayer.
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CP is top 10. There's some way wierd rankings on this list. Black Keys? Huh?
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How do you have the founder of the delta at #30 below Jhonny Lang and peter green you have to listen to charlie more
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Sonny Boy Williamson I Report Abuse
Does this entry really need a reason? Sonny Boy Williamson, by far the greatest Chicago blues artist ever.
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the little sonny boy could beat the old sonny boy fair and square any day
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Where is Sonny Boy Williamson II on this list ?
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J.J. Cale Report Abuse
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Number 76 ???? Are you serious ??? JJ should be in Top Ten !!!!
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Rory Gallagher Report Abuse
Needs no introduction. This guy IS the blues. Listen to Bullfrog blues or Tattoo'd lady and you'll know what I mean.
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Big Bill Broonzy Report Abuse
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Should be way up there...
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Jonny Lang Report Abuse
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Great artists
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there is a reasin he got signed by a major lable at 14 yrs old and is playing on claptons crossroads tours for a reason. he should be higher on the list
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Bessie Smith Report Abuse
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The White Stripes Report Abuse
Please, I cannot believe The White Stripes or Jack White isn't on here. I shouldn't even need to say why.
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they got the blues, but they aren't all blues. He should be noted for "this is what white people can do with the blues influence while not copying it exactly". That's the problem with Clapton, he tries too hard to be straight up blues and he's neither black enough, nor American enough to do it.
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OMG Jack White so deserves to be on this list whoever thinks that he doesn't has obviously not listened to all of his music.
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Shouting into the Mic like a weak Violent Femmes voice and garage rock sound doesn't mean this can even be close to anything like the blues. Classify this is garage rock/angry rock not the blues-where is the soul and the fun and the funk?
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were you born in the 90's? The White Stripes can't hold a flame to blues greats listed here!
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I agree, this is band filled the gap between punk and blues. If you don't believe me watch the movie "It Might Get Loud."
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Freddy King Report Abuse
One of the greatest all-timeTexas blues guitarists. No list is complete without the "Three Kings," B.B., Albert & Freddy.
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Seasick Steve Report Abuse
Self taught on a 3 string electric guitar. His voice and music style are what the blues are all about
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Delta Blues-so you have to be a big fan of them to move him up. I think his rank is accurate. There are probably 1000+ blues artists-its an honor at 52.
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Ma Rainey Report Abuse
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Jimmy Reed Report Abuse
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i like this dude
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Should be much higher
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R.L. Burnside Report Abuse
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Bukka White Report Abuse
aberdeen misissippi blues
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Should be in the top 10 easy believe he is the most under-rated artist ever and given that he is number 39 here brings credibilty issues to this lies
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Junior Kimbrough Report Abuse
Along with R.L. Burnside one of the best hill country blues musicians. RIP R.L and Jr.
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agree hypnotic riffs great vocalisation
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Roy Buchanan Report Abuse
simply the best
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Koko Taylor Report Abuse
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Best modern blues vocalist hands down, raw and gritty cause the blues ain't pretty.
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Tom Waits Report Abuse
He mixes all types of genres from grunge to blues. He very heavily deserves a spot on this list.
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Bonnie Raitt Report Abuse
Actually I am quite appalled at how few women are on this list. Big Mama Thornton, Ruth Brown, Memphis Minnie, Sippie Wallace, Ida Cox, Julia Lee, Big Maybelle (A personal favorite), Etta James, Irma Thomas, Sister Rosetta Tharpe, Ma Rainey (A legend and lesbian to boot), Katie Webster (maybe the best blues pianist after say Pinetop...). Bonnie Raitt is one of the few blues musicians make it in the crossover to pop but she is blue down to the core, if she wasn't people like Taj and Keb wouldn't be lining up to play with her.
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Bonnie Raitt definitely belongs on the list. She is one of the greatest slide guitar players you'll ever hear - B.B. King even said this. She is one of the most underrated musicians of our time. She has played with some of the greatest blues artists that ever lived.
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I took the liberty of adding Ida Cox, Alberta Hunter, Victoria Spivey and Memphis Minnie and boosting them as much as I could (as I boosted many other people on the list regardless of gender). Seems to me the top 20 is still full of people who were great Rock guitar players and even when they do happen to play the blues they are curiously young (well, alive is a bit of a surprise at all) and/or white. Not any implied criticism, just feels kind of strange to me
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I think a lot of people either aren't on the list or not placed where some blues fans might put them is due, unfortunately, to the poor quality of early recordings which so far haven't been able to be refined enough for modern ears by the most up-to-date technology. When it comes to women blues singers, other than Koko and Etta, generally speaking, not many have the feel and delivery for blues that appeal to the wide audience that the male performers enjoy.
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Agreed that one, there should be more consideration of women blues artists on this list, including Sista Monic and Deborah Coleman, and two, Bonnie Raitt rates much higher than 52!
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Why didn't you put them on here instead of whining about it? You had the time to list them all in your comment when you could have been adding them to the LIST! *rolleyes*
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Little Milton Report Abuse
Little Milton, is little known, but highly valued. true blues down to the bone,
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Boom, Boom was a Little Walter song and is damn good. Little Milton is great too, check out 'we're gonna make it'.
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BOOM BOOM , OUT GO THE LIGHTS , GIVE IT A LISTEN
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Bobby Bland Report Abuse
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"Ain't no Love in the Heart of the City" has so much soul, and is the perfect combination of jazz and blues.
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Otis Rush Report Abuse
Great West Side Chicago Singer/Guitar Player. His Cobra sides are some of the best of the genre.
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Lonnie Johnson Report Abuse
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Otis Spann Report Abuse
Beautiful blues piano, second to none
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Greatest blues pianist in my mind and great voice, too. Deserves much more credit. Just listen to one song: "Hello, Mr. Blues," you'll get the picture.
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Arthur Crudup Report Abuse
Look him up. NOT having him high on this list for his influential importance would be a crime. He wrote the song that changed Elvis's life, and eventually launched his career. Everybody knows, like him or not, Elvis is practically single handedly responsible for Rock 'n Roll becoming so huge. Cruddup's song, "That's All Right Mama" was THE song that got the studios paying attention to Elvis. Until that moment, his career was going nowhere.
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Dave Godfrey Report Abuse
Australian blues singer with the classic blues 'gravel' voice.
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Have known Dave since we were teens... Gets my vote too..!
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One of the most underrated Australian blues singers. Just got his new CD "Daves Blues", a must for your blues collection.
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Victoria Spivey Report Abuse
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John Mayall Report Abuse
How is it possible that this Legend isn’t on this list? The founding father of British Blues whose musical career spans over fifty years. In the 1960s, he introduced to the world a young Eric Clapton followed by Peter Green & then a young Mick Taylor as well as Mick Fleetwood amonst so many other leading blues players.
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Mississippi John Hurt Report Abuse
One of the all-time great ones. How could he not be in the top 20?
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Louis Armstrong Report Abuse
This famous jazz musician himself, Louie Armstrong, wrote one of the best songs of all time, "What a Wonderful World".
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Jeff Healey Band Report Abuse
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Very under rated. When it comes to the blues, Jeff Healey is most definitely in the top 10 or so.
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Susan Tedeschi Report Abuse
Rockin' Wailin' Moanin' Growlin' Sexy ! Five good reasons she should be on this list.
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Pinetop Perkins Report Abuse
I noticed most of these folks are guitar slingers and that's fine but let's give props to the piano too.
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Like Otis Spann, deserves to be much higher on list. Also, great crossover to rock work, as well.
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Led Zeppelin Report Abuse
Jimmy Paige.....
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HOW IS HE ON HERE?! HE'S ROCK, NOT BLUES!
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Ida Cox Report Abuse
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Charlie Musslewhite Report Abuse
The Harp God
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Son Seals Report Abuse
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Used to love seeing Son play in Chicago from the first time in the mid 80's until his death. Needs to be higher. Hell of a guitarist and always had a tight band backing him up. RIP Son.
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YEAH NEVIN
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Guy Davis Report Abuse
One of the newer kids on the block. Talented man. Check out ' Butt naked free' from 2000.
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Louis Jordan Report Abuse
All I have to say is B.B. King did a whole album of Louis covers, that should say something.
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Michael Burks Report Abuse
Five amazing albums before the Iron man's passing. RIP Mikey....
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I miss Michael, he's #1 in m cd player, guitar shorty is #6 John lee Hooker #2, Cactus # 3, SRV #4, Lonnie Mack #5 Albert King #7. Revise your list!!!
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David 'Honeyboy' Edwards Report Abuse
Last of the great Mississippi Delta bluesmen!
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Solomon burke Report Abuse
one of the most influential gospel blues artists who have influenced a generation of bluesmen including dylan and elvis costello. His haunting vocals on '"none of us are free" are the best. Sadly he is no more but his music lives on
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J.B. Lenoir Report Abuse
I don't know why he wasn't listed sooner than this. He is Louisiana Blues...
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Charley Patton Report Abuse
The Original Blues Star.
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I don't think he needs a different entry for each variant spelling of his name.
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keb mo Report Abuse
there are allot of people on this list that don't come up to keb mo in both traditional and contemporary blues. he is an amazing technician on the guitar and sings and plays with feeling and respect for his roots. there are allot of people on this list that are a little too cross over to really be considered as blues players even though they can do justice to the genere. being a musician, i respect them all and find it really hard to categorize or compare notes on what is really the blues, country, jazz or even classical for that matter. like us, music evolves, especially with technology expanding our ability to create and share like robert johnson and leadbelly could never have even dreamed was possible. think of where their music could have gone with a les paul, a few effects and a marshall stack. it is a shame to lose track of the roots and the people that planted the seeds and watered them. they deserve a place on the list. a better comparison would be top 50 before 1960 and top 50 post 1960.
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The Blues Brothers Report Abuse
They play great.
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johnny copeland Report Abuse
Grammy winner
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Sean Costello Report Abuse
Give a listen to the Live at the Living Room in NYC videos on Youtube. Sean passed at the young age of 28 and IMHO never hit his peak as a blues guitarist. He's played with some of the great blues artists and deserves to be on this list.
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Joe Louis Walker Report Abuse
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Duane Allman Report Abuse
The Rolling Stones ranked him at 9 place of best guitarist of all time.
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Wynton Marsalis Report Abuse
He has played with many great Blues musicians, he's great.
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Bobby Rush Report Abuse
He's funky, and funny!!
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Charles Brown Report Abuse
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otis taylor Report Abuse
very good music listen to him amazing songs like my soul in Louisiana and ten million slaves
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Richie Sambora Report Abuse
One of the greatest american guitarists influenced by the blues legends. He has done great blues songs included in his solo albums
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The North Mississippi Allstars Report Abuse
Awesome contemporary Mississippi delta blues rock
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Hey, you know what? I just saw them while watching the documentary "Before the Music Dies," and they are really good! Got no problem with them at least holding a place here. Good stuff man, but they probably don't really belong too high up the list.
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You're kidding, right? Didn't even release an album until 2000! Not on your life have they earned a place here. Maybe in about twenty years if they prove to have any influence.
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Doyle Bramhall II Report Abuse
Doyle and Derek Trucks are the best modern blues player. Doyle also has a great voice.
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Jorma Kaukonen Report Abuse
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Hot Tuna Report Abuse
Some of the most classic blues out there. And smack in the middle of rock-blues' most prevalent era.
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Aaron Kamm and the One Drops Report Abuse
New band, not well known what-so-ever but will get you hooked the first time you hear them, on album or live. Find them, listen to them, see them in concert, your mind will be blown.
-1 point - added 2 years ago by guest - 1 comment
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Blue world and Southtown=amazing.
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Elvis Presley Report Abuse
ummm... well... Elvis... 'nuff said. Did Elvis get omitted for so long to give everyone else a chance at #1?
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Why isn't he higher?!
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John Mayer Report Abuse
Blues is where he belongs.
-9 points - added 3 years ago by guest - 6 comments
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if you think john shouldnt be here, then you only now him for his pop music. musicians evolve and find their way through many styles of music and I think John Mayer found his way to the blues...and he belongs there...and does exceptional.
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if you don't think he should be on this list you are not a true blues fan. the man can lay it down with anyone on this list.
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you guys obviously haven't heard him live i saw him at crossroads and he belongs with the blues he's amazing.
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Shouldn't even be on this list.
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last is where he should be. despite playing a few good blues songs, he succumbed to pop music and forever will be there.
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Last! You've got to be kidding me.
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