All About Blues Music
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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.’
Burnside is the latest great bluesman to hail from the city of Memphis, Tennessee.
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.
The Truest Blues Stories Around
Where the facts are concerned we do our best to give you the truth. We thoroughly check our sources and use only authorized ones to give you the full picture; to be more specific, we use at least two solid references (not Wikipedia).
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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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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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
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 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
It took a long time for The Blues to move from its rural heartlands to the big cities of America and from there out across the world, but it took that journey embedded in the memories and emotions of the … Learn More
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
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
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
“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 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 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
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