Texas has produced some great Blues-rock guitarists, and Chris keeps that strong tradition going. Born in San Antonio, Chris moved to Austin as a youth, and played his jazz influenced Stratocaster around the local club scene. He saw Stevie Ray Vaughan at one of the last hometown gigs before he got his big break, and…

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Gary Moore had the technical skills and compositional flair to put him in the top rank of Blues-rock guitarists. He could capture the emotional essence of a tune and express it with an artistry that often left audiences open-mouthed in wonder. Like many of the finest Blues players, Gary was called before his time, but…

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With a voice capable of conveying excruciating pain and heartbreaking tenderness, Janis put herself out there in every performance, lost in the music and with raw emotion bleeding from every note. Some Blues Divas go on for ever, and some just aren’t meant to make old bones. Janis Joplin was one of the latter, joining…

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Robben Ford is a multi-talented guitarist whose Blues sensibilities are overwritten with a true jazz player’s curiosity and inventiveness. Robben was born in California in 1951 and took up the sax as a kid, but switched to guitar when he was 14. He was a big Paul Butterfield fan so it was no surprise when…

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George Thorogood is not a great innovator, but he knows how to rock and he knows how to boogie and the fans love it. George and his band The Destroyers helped to kick off the eighties Blues boom that gave us Stevie Ray Vaughan and Robert Cray, and his steady Blues-rock output over the decades…

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Nashville born slide-guitar maestro Duane formed the Allman Brothers band, with his kid brother Gregg on keyboards and vocals, in 1969. They had played together in various Blues and soul bands, and Duane had been getting work as a session guitarist for Aretha Franklin and Wilson Pickett when they formed the band, which included Butch…

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Susan Tedeschi was destined for a career in music. She was on the Broadway stage as a six-year-old and preferred Baptist churches to her Italian family’s Catholic kind, because the singing was more fun! Susan started her first band at 13 and when she was 18, she formed Smoking Section to perform original material before…

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Jimi Hendrix was a Rock God. Fantastically talented and supremely self-confident, his iconic poster on a zillion bedroom walls, Jimi invented new sounds for the electric guitar and used them to illustrate his passionate songs in a spectacular career. Jimi took the music industry by storm when he arrived in London in 1966, made a…

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Bobby Parker was a great Blues all-rounder, with a superb voice, a stinging guitar style and a talent for songwriting. His big 1961 hit, ‘Watch Your Step’ influenced Little Milton, Santana and even The Beatles, leading to a big following in Europe. Bobby was a long-term resident of Washington DC, and a popular act on…

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Bobby Sheehan is best known as the hard-rocking bass player from Blues Traveler, and he was a founder member of the band when the four high-school friends got together in New Jersey in 1987. They were hooked on the idea of playing a continuous stream of music without defined tracks and became known as a…

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