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Blues, a style of music with vocal and instrumental styles based on the use of “blue notes.”


It emerged out of the African American communities in the United States, from spiritual songs, work songs and simple narrative ballads and elements of Gospel.

The use of blue notes and the prominence of call-and-response patterns in the music and lyrics are indicative of the African influence.

“Blue notes,” also known as “worried notes,” are generally the flattened third, fifth, and sevenths in a major scale. This is what gives Blues its inherent tone.

Blues will differ from one performer to another, or from sub genre to sub genre.

The blues influenced much of later popular music. It became one of the roots of Jazz, Rhythm and Blues, Rock and Bluegrass.

Some Blues Artists to check out

A - J

Albert Collins

Albert King

B.B. King

Big Bill Broonzy

Big Joe Turner

Big Mama Thornton

Billie Holiday

Blind Willie Johnson

Buddy Guy

Elmore James

Eric Clapton

Etta James

Freddie King

Howlin' Wolf

Jimi Hendrix

John Lee Hooker

John Mayall

K - Z

Lightnin' Hopkins

Lonnie Johnson

Muddy Waters

Otis Redding

Otis Rush

Ray Charles

Robert Cray

Robert Johnson

Stevie Ray Vaughan

T-Bone Walker

Taj Mahal

Other Pages

Urban Blues Story pt1

Urban Blues Story pt2

Urban Blues Story pt3

Urban Blues Story pt4

Urban Blues Story pt5

Chicago Blues

Delta Blues

Hill Country Blues

Rhythm and Blues