The Most Influential Blues Artists Of All Time

The Blues Artists Par Excellence
Today’s best musicians lay claim to inspiration from the most influential blues artists of all time. One name stands out above the rest: Robert Johnson. His lyrics, music and style are the origins of many contemporary blues artists’ styles. Add to this list Honeyboy Edwards, Big Mama Thornton, BB King, John Lee Hooker, Bo Diddley and it becomes a road map for history of the blues. The blues sound can be identified in music of Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Janis Joplin and even heavy metal artist Jimmie Hendrix.

The Immortality Of The Blues
What began in the deep south of the USA as a signature style of music and lyrics spread its influence to modern day rock and rhythm and blues music. Amazingly, the most influential blues artists were self-taught musicians with an inherent sensitivity to sound. A single blue note from a Delta Blues artist became a personal logo.

That’s Why They Call It The Blues
It’s easy to understand how coming from humble roots brought home inspiration in Robert Johnson’s blues. No matter what the rhythm or tempo, the depth of blues mood infuses the resulting sound and autographs it “The Blues”.