Top 6 Blues Albums of 2014

Here are our picks for the best blues albums of the year. Jarekus Singleton: Refuse To Lose An impressive national debut from a young Mississippi guitarist and singer who uses his roots in gospel, rock and rap to create a unique blues sound, full of crisp, hairpin arrangements and passionate

‘Mercury Blues’ still running after 60 years

Cars make great musical metaphors, and they’ve inspired some famous blues songs like “Cadillac Boogie”, “Maybelline” and “Mustang Sally”. K.C. Douglas came out with “Mercury Boogie” in 1949, a song that would go on to be a widely covered blues standard, known as “Mercury Blues”. Ford purchased the rights to

Robert Johnson sitting with guitar

The Long Life of “Stop Breaking Down”

Eric Clapton called Robert Johnson “the most important blues singer who ever lived”. Saying that Johnson was a superlative guitar player, impassioned singer and masterful lyricist seems barely adequate to convey the importance of the work he accomplished in his 27 years. Many of his songs became not only blues

Blues for the ‘Big Boss Man’

Jimmy Reed is one of the most influential bluesmen in history and his songs will always be part of the blues repertoire. “Baby, What You Want Me to Do,” “Bright Lights, Big City,” “ You Don’t Have to Go”, are just some of the songs Reed made popular. His style