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Recommend some old school blues.

Discussion in 'Recordings [BG]' started by GianGian, Mar 1, 2009.

  1. GianGian


    May 16, 2008
    I've been wanting to get to know blues better and I would like to get to know the most influential blues people. I don't mind the bass at all, I just want to get to know the most important people to the development of the style.
    I am already familiar with the Robert Johnson recordings. I would like to get some recommendations of people that started to play up until 59, not after.
    If you could tell me what is the subgenre that they are usually considered to be it would be nice. Album recommendations would be nice to, instead of only the names of the players. Remember, I want stuff that was influential and widely recognized, not necesarilty something you like or that "is great music".
    Thanks in advance.
  2. rjny36


    Jan 29, 2006
    Syracuse, NY
    Well, early blues wasn't about albums. It was about two sides of a 78 rpm record.

    However, if you've got the ability, I highly recommend two "box sets" from JSP Records...

    The first is called "Legends of Country Blues." This has the most influential cuts by Son House, Tommy Johnson, Skip James, Bukka White, and Ishman Bracey... Bracey being the least influential of the group.

    The second box set is "The Complete Recordings" of Charley Patton. This set is a must-have. Charley was the first star of the blues. This set also has Son House, Willie Brown (the two known songs from the Willie Brown that Robert Johnson sings about!), and The Delta Big Four recordings.

    JSP is an awesome company to buy a lot of this music from, as their sets sell for around $25 here in the U.S., and are usually 4 or 5 c.d.'s.
  3. jerry

    jerry Doesn't know BDO Gold Supporting Member

    Dec 13, 1999
    The early recordings of Howlin' Wolf, Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon also fit into the pre '59 category.
  4. Stumbo

    Stumbo Wherever you go, there you are. Supporting Member Commercial User

    Feb 11, 2008
    Song Surgeon slow downer. https://tinyurl.com/y5dcuqjg
  5. edmidlifecrisis

    edmidlifecrisis Registered mediocre bass player Supporting Member

    Mississippi John Hurt acoustic blues. The finest kind.

    Try Avalon Blues-the complete 1928 Okeh recordings, or any of the Library of Congress recordings.(These might have been made slightly after 1959 but he started playing in the twenties). Great story about how he was rediscovered many years after his 1928 recording, went on the folk circuit and became very popular for a few years until his death in the mid 1960's. Fortunately for us he made a bunch of recordings in that later period.

    It will change your life!!

    Have a look

  6. chicago_mike


    Oct 9, 2007
    Chicago - LA - Rome - Dallas
    Endorsing Artist : Genz Benz
    Hound Dog Talyor

    Otis Clay

    Johnny Taylor

    Johnny Dollar

    Big Momma Horton

    Z.Z. Hill

    Carey Bell

    Eddie Clearwater ( my first "big" gig )

    Koko Taylor

    Robert Johnson

    Son House

    Son Seals RIP Knew him a little.

    Kenny Neal


    Little Milton

    Little Ed and the Blues Imperials

    Little Walter

    Junoir Wells

    Jimmy Reed --- you need this for " The Lump"

    Billy Branch and the Sons of Blues

    Countless, new and old, traditional and expanding blues groups.
  7. Blown Cone

    Blown Cone

    May 14, 2008
    Newer in the whole scheme of things, but Tom Waits (his bluesiest was during the blue valentine album to the rain dogs series) Heartattack and vine, and Blue valentine are his tops for bluesy.

    Coco Montoya
    Hollywood fats
    David Gogo
    Booker T and the MGs

    These guys rule.
  8. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    I dig blind lemon Jefferson

  9. Amos Milburn
    Lowell Fulson
    Memphis Slim and the Houserockers
    Johnny "Guitar" Watson's early recordings
    Big Bill Broonzy
  10. Deluge Of Sound

    Deluge Of Sound Banned

    Nov 8, 2007
    The only name I'll add to this really killer list we've got going is Leadbelly.
  11. GianGian


    May 16, 2008
    Wow, I have a lot of music to check out. Thanks to all!!
  12. Barkless Dog

    Barkless Dog Barkless to a point

    Jan 19, 2007
    Anything from Johnny Winter

    I like Gary Moore's blues stuff as well
  13. Bad Bad Whiskey

    Blues doesnt HAVE to be sad.........
  14. Terry Funk

    Terry Funk

    Dec 8, 2008
    Earl Hooker, the master of the slide guitar, and one of unheralded greatest guitarists of all time. Give him a listen, you will not be dissapointed.
  15. Andrew Jones

    Andrew Jones Banned

    Feb 28, 2001
    Northampton Mass
    Blind Willie Mctell

    Blind Boy Fuller

    Mamie Smith

    Ma Rainie

    Henry Tomas

    Skip James

    Bukka White

    Otis Rush
  16. RHFusillo

    RHFusillo Supporting Member

    Mar 20, 2000
    Phoenix, AZ
    Good names on this list so far. I'd also recommend Houston's own Lightnin' Hopkins.
  17. How the hell did I forget that one?!?
  18. deaf pea

    deaf pea

    Mar 24, 2005
    Cuernavaca 1 hr S Mexico City
    Seymour Duncan/Basslines SMB-5A Endorsing Artist
    fixed it for ya' . . .
  19. Cosmic Closet

    Cosmic Closet

    Feb 6, 2009
    For some transitional blues, try Jim Jackson and/or Blind Blake. They play in the early syncopated style which came out of Ragtime in the 20es. Blake in particular was a virtuoso on guitar in that style.

  20. Flabass

    Flabass Supporting Member

    Aug 11, 2008
    St. Petersburg
    Elmore James

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