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    Blues is the name given to both a musical form and a music genre[1] that originated in African-American communities of primarily the "Deep South" of the United States at the end of the 19th century from spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts and chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.[2] The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues, and rock and roll is characterized by specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues chord progression is the most common. The blue notes that, for expressive purposes are sung or played flattened or gradually bent (minor 3rd to major 3rd) in relation to the pitch of the major scale, are also an important part of the sound. (Wikipedia)

    Here is an assortment of earlier practitioners of this emotional music. *I have avoided the lone performer in favor of a richer sound consisting of a backup band. All are exceptional.

    Elmore James The King of the Slide Guitar
    Dust My Broom


    Clapton does this. It's great. So is this.

    Elmore James (4/2/16 link repaired)
    It Hurts Me Too

    Jimmy Reed

    Ain't That Lovin' You

    Slim Harpo
    Baby Scratch My Back

    Sonny Boy Williamson
    Keep It To Yourself


    Here is the famous Robbie Robertson telling a story about meeting Sonny Boy Williamson. Watch it.

    Lowell Fulson

    Junior Parker
    Love Ain't Nothin' But A Business Goin' On[/SIZE]

    Howlin' Wolf
    Smokestack Lightnin'

    Little Walter
    My Babe

    Little Milton
    Grits Ain't Groceries

    John Lee Hooker
    Boom Boom

    John Lee Hooker/Van Morrison
    Serves Me Right To Suffer

    Muddy Waters
    You Can't Lose What You Never Had (ain't that the GD truth)

    Bobby "Blue" Bland
    Stormy Monday


    Bobby "Blue" Bland
    When Hearts Grow Cold


    With his trademarked "growl" here are two more of his classics.

    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    That's The Way Love Is

    Bobby "Blue" Bland

    Ain't No Love In The Heart Of The City

    *Though I said I would not post a lone player this is worth watching.

    Lightnin' Hopkins
    Please Don't Go


    Albert King's live version of Stormy Monday. Damn!

    **There are songs that an artist makes his/her own. Then there are covers that sometimes exceed the original.

    Albert King was the originator of record of this tune. It is an especially emotional, gut-grabbing blues song, but that may be a bit of hyperbole since blues is all about emotional, "making you feel"' music. Each of these covers pays tribute to the original, as they should, but add a flavor all their own. Morblus is especially great.

    Albert King would like each of them, I'm sure.

    Albert King - I'll Play The Blues For You (10/28/13 link repaired)

    I'll Play The Blues For You - Morblus, a great band from Italy.

    12/10/13 There are top musicians everywhere.


    Morblus with Friends

    Prison Of Love

    I'll Play the Blues For You - Big Head Todd and The Monsters


    Karen Carroll's great version used to be here but was made "private." Bummer.

    As most know, there are many traveling "bar bands" that have exceptional talent. Here's one that does this tune with the emotion and intensity it deserves.

    The David Gerald Band

    I'll Play The Blues For You


    In response to many requests for another Karen Carroll tune I offer the following masterpiece.

    Stormy Monday (posted on Monday otherwise I would be irresponsible).


    Mighty Sam McCain

    When The Hurt Is Over

    **Can be a bit complicated but very enjoyable anyway.
    Last edited by Atypical; 01-07-2017 at 11:43 PM.

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