Gris-gris or gumbo? Voodoo priest or piano-tickling new orleans R&B guru? Where to start with the music of Dr John…
The Texas cat with the hat and the Strat who hot-wired the 80s blues revival and launched a new generation of players
A heartbreaking story of love and loss written in 1930 by ex-convict Son House, Death Letter was covered by alternative scenesters The White Stripes. But who did it best?
From teenage R&B prodigy to Matriarch Of The Blues, this deep soul diva’s output was passionate, wounded and raunchy.
The Boogie Man, The Healer, the blues shaman who sounded like nobody else and influenced almost everybody else. These are the John Lee Hooker albums you need…
Cut loose from Chess Records, Muddy Waters teamed up with Johnny Winter for Hard Again, the first in a trio of albums that served as the Hoochie Coochie Man’s brilliant final flourish.
Master of the Telecaster, The Iceman: Albert Collins was the blues bruiser with the huge frosty tone and a big warm heart to match.
Led Zeppelin turned an obscure 1929 recording from Memphis Minnie into an epic rock monolith. But which version’s better?
Robert Cray brought the blues to the MTV generation – including Barack Obama – and redefined the notion of stardom.
Needlepoint clarity meets bulldozer power: acquaint yourself with the songs of the meanest, nastiest and funkiest of the Three Kings.
A ribald number that Willie Dixon wrote for Howlin’ Wolf, covered by The Doors at their most seamy and sinful. But which version’s better?
Buddy Guy's 17 albums have made him a blues legend, but he came from humble beginnings in rural Louisiana. Here he looks back on a life making up for lost time.
Have you looked at your baby pictures lately? Michael Chapman has been going back to his roots, and invites you to do likewise...