There are number of legendary rock guitarists, which were influenced by blues music. These guitarists have become idols of many present fans of guitar playing. Their story is well known.
Many people who grew up listening to mostly rock, now trying to arouse the admiration also for blues musicians, listened by their idols.
I heard recently from one of the guitarists that the original blues recording which he listened disappointed him. He was looking in them for some guitar patterns and what he heard mostly screaming harmonica or something like that. The guitar was somewhere in the background and it was difficult to get any inspiration from it.
Certainly many people are reading the autobiography guitarists such as Keith Richards and this people are inspired to check out their blues roots. What should they listen to find the real blues guitar?
The first things which come to mind are to listen to the three blues kings – Freddie King, Albert King and B.B. King. These three have created more material to listen to than you can imagine.
However, there is one guitarist, whose B.B. King listed as its inspiration –
Lonnie Johnson … the guy has skills
Still too little guitar? Maybe this… Buddy Guy included at the one recording the quintessence of electric blues guitar. Everything you need to know is here.
If the old blues does not appeal to you, then you might want to reach for more modern songs and artists such as Jeff Beck’s “Truth”, Clapton with Bluesbreaker and Peter Green with Fleetwood Mac
However, the opposite may you want to dig deeper into the first blues recordings? So you necessarily need to listen to these guitarists:
Blind Lemmon Jefferson
Those two died before anyone could film them, but the following blues stars of 20s and 30s not:
Big Bill Broonzy
Son House – he taught Robert Johnson
On this list can not miss John Lee Hooker. The master of the hypnotic groove built around one chord. Harder to do than it sounds.
And finally, two representatives of the opposite sex. Amazing blueswoman and equally good guitarist.
Sister Rosetta Tharpe
Photo Flickr by Deo Araujo