There are few things that I love more than discovering new blues music. The modern day blues scene is thriving, and there is so much amazing music out there if you look for it. This is especially true if you venture outside of the more established American and British blues scenes. There are some brilliant international […]
One of the most rewarding and challenging elements of playing an instrument is the constant process of development. No matter how advanced you are, there is always more you can learn. As the great B.B. King once so eloquently put it: ‘Even now, at 82 years old, if I don’t learn something every day, you […]
Over the past 6 months I’ve been on a mission to listen to as much new blues music as possible. The contemporary blues scene is thriving, and there are some amazing modern blues guitarists keeping the blues alive. Musicians like Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr and Derek Trucks, are packing out concert halls and stadiums. […]
My love for the blues first started when I heard the records of British blues musicians like Peter Green, Paul Kossoff and Eric Clapton. I became obsessed with the British blues scene, discovering bands like Led Zeppelin, Cream and Taste in the process. For many years, it was the only type of music to whichI […]
Blues enthusiasts have a tendency to look to the past. So much of the music that we love was written by musicians who are now either dead, or too old to perform. These musicians are a vital part of the blues and should always be remembered. But in placing so much emphasis on the past, […]
The blues is alive and well. Every week there are new blues bands and albums coming out, as well as new gear that will help us all in our quest for beautiful blues tones. With so much going on in the world of blues, I’ve started to put together a fortnightly collection of the best of […]
On Friday night I was fortunate enough to go and see Kirk Fletcher play live in London. Fletcher is one my favourite modern blues guitarists and the gig was amazing. Perhaps what I enjoyed the most was that the venue was packed with fellow blues fans, just as excited as I was to see Fletcher. […]
Joanne Shaw Taylor first came onto my radar a couple of months ago. I was actually chatting with a reader of The Happy Bluesman (Paul, if you’re reading this, then thank you very much!) who recommended that I take a listen. Taylor has since gone on to become a regular on my blues playlists. In […]
Jared James Nichols is one of my favourite guitarists in the modern blues scene. He fuses the best elements of hard American rock with the blues, putting a new twist on the great ‘power trio’ bands of the 1970s. Having grown up in Wisconsin – a state known more for farming than it’s thriving music […]
I have wanted to sound like Joe Bonamassa since I first became aware of him around 5 years ago. I heard songs like ‘Stop!‘ and ‘Sloe Gin‘, and became enthralled by both his playing, and the quality of his guitar tone. To my mind, Joe Bonamassa is one of the most technically skilled guitarists in […]
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