My favorite blues guitar players
Blues is my favorite music style and one of the most influential guitar and vocal genres. Additionally, it is complex and full of emotion. Adding these features up, it is easy to understand why the best blues guitarists held such an important role and why they influenced so profoundly our music today.
It all started at the end of the 19th century when the African-American communities of Southern US began playing and singing blues for the first time, which led to a domino effect that culminated with what we know today as blues.
And it is for this reason that I want to introduce you to the best blues guitarists, who shaped the music we consume today. It is by no means an objective or complete list, and it mostly consists of the artists I listen to on a daily basis.
Muddy Waters is the first music magician I want you to discover. His passion for the blues is incomparable, and the emotion he transmits through his sound captivates me each time. I can’t help but feel like I am teleported to a land of smoke and sadness each time I put on any of his records.
He was an American blues musician, and one of the most successful artists of this genre, and he was considered “the Father of Chicago blues”. Muddy moved to England in 1958 where he shocked audiences with his loud, exciting, amplified electric guitar sound. His beats were alert and unique, and this instantly led him to become an inspiration and a muse for the British blues explosion.
The next name on my list shouldn’t come as a surprise, especially if you know a thing or two about music in general. B.B. King was a God of sound. He was also American, and he was cherished for his songwriting abilities until his death in 2015. He reached fame with the help of his loyal electric guitar, which is why Rolling Stone magazine listed him at number three in the top of the best guitar players of all time.
What set him apart from other musicians was his sophisticated style, his clarity, and elegance. He performed solos, based on fluid string bending with a touch of vibrato. Many have tried to imitate him, but very few have succeeded even if at a smaller scale than the original, which makes sense.
The last great guitarist I want you to discover is Jimi Hendrix. While he isn’t exactly a blues musician and fits more into the rock genre, he was greatly inspired by electric blues and the unique sound of a warm and dirty overdriven guitar. He is considered by many one the greatest electric guitarists of all time.
Although his career started on the rhythm and blues music scene, his style shifted more towards rock, but his blues tunes are absolutely unforgettable.
I suggest you look at all of these grand artists on any music provider like iTunes or Youtube because it would be a shame to miss the opportunity to find your next favorite musician.