1. Please take 30 seconds to register your free account to remove most ads, post topics, make friends, earn reward points at our store, and more!  
    TalkBass.com has been uniting the low end since 1998.  Join us! :)

Favourite Blues Bands?

Discussion in 'Miscellaneous [BG]' started by Mindabout, Aug 2, 2004.

  1. Mindabout


    Apr 11, 2004
    I've been learning walking bass lines and jamming a little on 12 bar blues etc..... I've never really listened to any blues recordings before but would like to now.

    I'm at a bit of a loss to know where to start or who to listen to so if you have any favourite blues bands old or new, please list them here.

    Thanks :)
  2. the list for me goes on...

    eric clapton
    ten years after
    b.b. king
    albert king
    robert johnson (no bass, but this guy is the one who inspired literally thousands of bluesmen)
    willie dixon
    paul butterfield
    buddy guy

    that should do for now!
  3. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    My absolute favorites (regardless of whether there's a bass in the recording or not):

    Robert Johnson
    Muddy Waters (check out the Muddy "Mississippi" Waters Live 2 disc set that Sony re-released not long ago. It's excellent work from the whole band)
    John Lee Hooker (especially the chess recordings)
    T Bone Walker
    Tab Benoit
    Susan Tedeschi's band (Check out "It Hurts So Bad" Great fuzzy bass tone on that song)
    Jimi Hendrix put out a blues album, and IIRC, Muddy Waters or John Lee Hooker did the liner notes talking about how Jimi was the best blues guitarist to come along in decades. Noel Redding does some amazing work on that album.

    God, there's tons.

    Do yourself a favor. Every Friday night from 9PM to 1AM, WDVX plays nothing but solid blues. The first hour is acoustic, primitive style blues, and the last three hours are more modern electric blues, normally. The guy that runs the show, Johnny Mack, plays nothing but really, really good songs.
  4. Old blues.... sound tired :oops: .

    New blues... now here's sumthin' to chew on....

    Try Robert Cray "Strong Persuader" :cool: :cool:
  5. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN

    Old blues are where it all came from. Most of the traditional blues bass people hear is derived directly from the right thumbs of people like Bob Johnson and early, early Muddy Waters. I think that, not only are they really good, but old blues tunes are important in a historical and musical sense.
  6. Im a fan of roben ford and got to see him front row so that was cool.

    Also, JPJ plays a lot of blues on the first two albums.

    Almost forgot, Stevie Ray Vaughan and Double Trouble.
  7. Thor

    Thor Moderator Staff Member Gold Supporting Member

    who is roben ford

    Robben Ford, yeah, awesome!

    I just picked up the 'Vintage Fleetwood Mac"
    the 1968 recording at' The Boston Tea Party...
    Landsdowne Street next to Fenway Park in the old church ....

    No, forget Stevie Nicks ...

    This is the 60's
    This was the 3 lead guitar player band

    Peter Green;
    Jeremy Spencer;
    and Danny Kirwan.

    Mick Fleetwood does an awesome job on
    'Rattlesnake Shake'. McVie is who was touted to be,
    a John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers veteran. Great bottom
    and good remix on CD.

    Play this one at 11!

    Can't find any over the top in the blues, you ain't listening!
  9. Passinwind

    Passinwind I Know Nothing Supporting Member Commercial User

    Dec 3, 2003
    Columbia River Gorge, WA.
    Owner/Designer &Toaster Tech Passinwind Electronics
    Albert, BB, cool.

    Freddie = da kine.
  10. Eyescream


    Feb 4, 2004
    Knoxville, TN
    I forgot about them, they rock.
  11. seanm

    seanm I'd kill for a Nobel Peace Prize! Supporting Member

    Feb 19, 2004
    Ottawa, Canada
    Alot of good blues have been mentioned, so I won't repeat them.

    Willie Kent. Pay close attention to the timing. His lines are repetitious (he is also the singer) but fit the songs and are not overplayed.

    Also, I love the bass lines on Omar and the Howlers last album.
  12. There are sooooo many.....

    Try the Nighthawks, Scott Henserson from Tribal Tech (has 2 or 3 blues albums - Dog Party is my personal favorite) The Thunderbirds - their old stuff, Little Charlie and the Nightcats and don't forget Johnny Winter and Stevie Ray.
  13. fatbassjazzer


    Feb 27, 2004
    I can't even begin to list names, but the Chicago blues festival was absolutley increadable. The Sidewinders put on a really high energy show that was awesome.
  14. bmc


    Nov 15, 2003
    Allman Brothers
    Eric Clapton
    Robben Ford
    Coco Montoya
    Blues Brothers
    Delbert McClinton
    Derek Truck Band
    Tommy Castro
    Roy Buchanan
    Colin James (his early stuff)
    Tab Benoit
    The Ford Blues Band
    Papa Chubby
  15. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    in no particular order ...
    freddie king { THE KING }
    b.b. king { rock me baby }
    charlie musslewhite
    mike morgan & the crawl
    fabulous thunderbirds { tuff' enuf }
    tinsley ellis { cool on it }
    rory gallagher
    willie dixon { blues bassman deluxe }
    lightnin' hopkins
    buddy guy { damn right i got the blues !! }
    luther allison
    papa chubby { stoop down baby }
    robert cray
    john lee hooker
    albert collins { deep freeze }
    junior wells { messin'with the kid }

    dude , the list just goes on and on and on...
    you owe it to yourself to check out the blues , old style or modern ...
    " the blues is the roots , the rest is the fruits ..." willie dixon :cool:
  16. John Mayall and the Blues Breakers!!!!!!!! come on , how come no one mentioned them yet???????
  17. DaveDeVille

    DaveDeVille ... you talkin' to me ?? Supporting Member

    edit :
    muddy waters
    delbert mclinton
    stevie ray vaughn
    eric clapton
    alvin lee
    james harman
    guy forsythe

    :D " the list goes on and on and on ..."
  18. Muddy Waters

    No comparison
  19. McHack


    Jul 29, 2003
    Central Ohio!
    When I think of Blues, SRV is the first name I think of.
  20. Aaron Saunders

    Aaron Saunders

    Apr 27, 2002


    Anyway, I'm a big fan of BB King. Great, great guitarist. I don't have any mp3's or CDs with Freddy or Albert King, but I've heard both of them on the radio and they're madly talented. Never really been a huge SRV fan, personally. Eric Clapton is definitely worth checking out, and Aretha Franklin is just plain incredible.