The blues: it’s the story of rock’n’roll’s past, but also its present... and its future.
In the new issue of Classic Rock (opens in new tab) we take you back in time to the barrel houses and gin mills of America to meet some of its fearsome originators. Next it’s the blues explosion that followed them, and birthed classic rock as we know it.
Finally we draw your attention to some of the present day’s most incendiary bands and artists who are discovering that the blues is the most exciting place to be.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
The guitar heroine and gospel singer who blazed a trail and paved the way for Chuck Berry and the first wave of rock’n’roll.
The producer, bassist and songwriter was responsible for some of the blues’ – and popular music’s – enduring hits.
The biggest, baddest voice of the Chicago blues scene, and a far-reaching inspiration.
The blues legend’s groundbreaking album Completely Well is the forgotten masterpiece that is due it’s time in the sun.
How Tres Hombres made them a phenomenon as they defined the sound of Texan blues.
The hard rocker who returned to his beloved blues roots and earned the respect of the King of the blues, for one.
She didn’t record her first album until she was 60, but she was tearing up the blues circuit long before then.
In the early 70s the smoky, sweaty back rooms of select London pubs were where all the best gigs were happening.
There’s always another saviour comes along who is supposedly breathing new life into the blues. White is one of those who really did.
The Grammy-winning maverick who cheated death and became one of the blues’ biggest innovators.
Joanne Shaw Taylor
She’s the teenage blues fan from Solihull who’s become the genre’s biggest British star.
Sisters Megan and Rebecca Lovell’s road from classical to bluegrass to bluesy southern rock has been paved with screaming guitars, sibling harmonies and a touch of goth.
This singer/guitarist’s latest album is a winning blend of sweetness and savagery.
Also including Memphis Minnie, Cream, Son House, Whitesnake, Lead Belly, Joe Bonamassa, Ten Years After, Howlin’ Wolf, Rory Gallagher, Fleetwood Mac, Led Zeppelin, Free, Humble Pie, Muddy Waters, Crown Lands and more…
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