Required Listening And Playing

Someone asked me for a “required listening” list for blues guitar… and I was, at first, a little surprised.

But then I realized that it’s easy for those of us who “live” with blues music to find a lot of great examples of the blues… and if you’re new to the blues, then it’s not always so obvious.

So I thought I’d throw a couple out there, and let you help me help the newcomers with the rest in the comments. (And keep in mind that I might also grab some of these for some new lessons 🙂

So here are some of my top blues song (in no particular order, I’m just typing them as they come to me)

  1. Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood
  2. BB King – The Thrill Is Gone
  3. Eric Clapton – I’m Tore Down (from “From The Cradle.”)
  4. Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
  5. The Blues Brothers – Sweet Home Chicago (also the Clapton version)
  6. Derek And The Dominoes – Key To The Highway
  7. Robert Johnson – Crossroads
  8. Elmore James – Dust My Broom
  9. Gary Moore – Still Got The Blues
  10. The Allman Brothers – Stormy Monday (live at Fillmore recording.)

Alright… your turn… GO!

268 Comments

  • Big Dan

    Reply Reply August 16, 2017

    How about Alvin Lee and Ten Years After – Slow Blues in C & The Bluest Blues. Van Morrison – Going Down Geneva, or Freddie King – Going Down. Griff I’m surprised Freddie King didn’t make your list. I know you are a big fan of his music. I guess that tells you how much good blues is out there.

  • Jean

    Reply Reply August 14, 2017

    I would not mind a compilation of one full cd. I’d be a buyer

  • Louis Ogden

    Reply Reply August 14, 2017

    Something Inside of Me – Fleetwood Mac
    I Woke up this Morning – Ten Years After
    Street Corner Talking – Savoy Brown
    Third Degree – Johnny Winter
    I’m Tired – Savoy Brown
    Dust My Blues – John Mayall
    Ramblin’ on my Mind – Mayall
    Stormy Monday – Allman Bros.
    Meet the Blues Head On – Savoy Brown
    The Blues Overtook Me- Charlie Musselwhite

  • Johnny B.

    Reply Reply August 13, 2017

    Soulshine – Warren Hayes

  • Richard

    Reply Reply August 13, 2017

    Saw this email a little late, Griff. Great selection. As are most of the others folks are sending in. Here are mine:

    1. Stephen Stills — Blues Man

    2. Lynyrd Skynyrd — Call Me the Breeze

    3/4. ZZ Top — Waitin’ for the Bus/Jesus Just Left Chicago

    5. Allman Brothers — Whipping Post

    6. Allman Brothers — One Way Out

    7. Led Zeppellin — When the Levee Breaks

    8. The Doors — Roadhouse Blues

    9. Arlo Guthrie — St. James Infirmary (Live)

    10. Magic Slim & The Teardrops — Champagne and Reefer

  • DaveyJoe

    Reply Reply August 13, 2017

    How about Jimi’s “Red House”? (studio cut)…great listening & inspiring!

  • Nick Vacio

    Reply Reply August 12, 2017

    Robert Johnson & Michael Bloomfield

  • Michael Chappell

    Reply Reply August 11, 2017

    Hey Griff,
    You certainly opened the Blues Songs Can here.. some great songs above the only other one that seems to be missed is Little Walter who was also one of the favourite Blues star of Keith Richards in his book Life..also the Animals “I will Put a Spell On You”..

    But I think your list is pretty succinct to get someone wanting to purchase a BGU lesson around the songs you know well..with ready made jam tracks and accurate TAB sheets..

    All Good

    Michael- Sydney- Australia-11th August 2017.

  • Ed Rodriguez

    Reply Reply August 10, 2017

    I went through the responses pretty quick and everybody makes great choices, but I did not notice anybody listing anything from Gary Clark jr. like Bright lights or Black and Blue

  • Rodney Deschenes

    Reply Reply August 10, 2017

    Johnny Winter Be Careful with a Fool 2 EC Further on up the Road live on EC was here 3 Harvey Mandel Hank the ripper from Baby Batter.Keef Hartley Band Born to die Spit James on guitar Half-breed album Mike Bloomfield Supersession record Albert’s Shuffle

    • J.D.Strough

      Reply Reply August 10, 2017

      Looked through and didn’t see Bluest Blues by Alvin Lee. Give a listen.

  • Brad Carrier

    Reply Reply August 10, 2017

    What a great idea, Griff! This compilation from your forum guests is a treasure. I might plug the recurring ones into a Pandora-type station for listening. I have many favorites, but Buddy Guy comes to mind for both his guitar and singing. Of course, the Master, Jimi. My local (Ashland, Oregon) favorite is Jeff Pevar, who was with Crosby and Nash, has backed Ray Charles, Bonnie Rait, etc. His riffs make me cry they’re so good. He plays locally lately with LOVEBITE, a funk band, with his wife Inger Jorgensen

  • Glenn Lego

    Reply Reply August 10, 2017

    How about Roy Clark? On YouTube there is a video of him playing “12th Street Rag..” (Awesome). Also Buddy Merrill or Neil Levang from the old Lawrence Welk Show

  • Dave(U.K.)

    Reply Reply August 10, 2017

    Haven’t seen Big Bill Broonzy mentioned or some of the rock and roll pioneers like Chuck Berry etc . Play a 12 bar at a fast tempo and you can play a lot of these r&r songs which are ideal for beginners. And go and WATCH live music.

  • Sean Drummond

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    In no particular order:

    Red House – Jimi Hendrix
    Born Under A Bad Sign – Cream (Eric Clapton)
    Scratch My Back – Slim Harpo
    Since I Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin
    Oh Darling – The Beatles
    Stormy Monday – Allman Bros.
    Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf
    The Thrill Is Gone – B.B. King
    I Can’t Quit You Babe – Led Zeppelin
    Big Legged Woman – Freddie King
    I’ve Got Love If You Want It – Slim Harpo
    Whipping Post – Allman Bros.
    Sexual Harassment in the Workplace – Frank Zappa
    Spoonful – Howlin’ Wolf
    Hey Joe – Jimi Hendrix
    How Many More Times – Led Zeppelin
    Black-Hearted Woman – Allman Bros.
    Back Door Man – Howlin’ Wolf
    Rainin’ In My Heart – Slim Harpo
    Watermelon in Easter Hay – Frank Zappa
    Crossroads – Cream (Eric Clapton)
    I Want You (She’s So Heavy) – The Beatles
    You Shook Me – Led Zeppelin
    Have You Ever Loved A Woman – Derek & the Dominoes (Eric Clapton)
    Smokestack Lightnin’ – Howlin’ Wolf
    Statesboro Blues – Allman Bros.
    No Quarter – Led Zeppelin
    Me and My Guitar – Freddie King
    Black Napkins – Frank Zappa
    I’m A King Bee – Slim Harpo
    Ain’t My Cross to Bear – Allman Bros.
    Hummingbird – B.B. King
    How Many More Years – Howlin’ Wolf

    If you’re very much younger than 60 you will probably disagree with some of these choices and have never heard of some others, but these songs make up the inner sanctum of required listening as far as I’m concerned.

  • Pete Rounds

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Looks like I waited to long yo comment. Lots of great talents listed. I just want to add I love everything that Eric Clapton and JJ Cale have done together including ” any way the wind blows” and ” after midnight.

    • Pete Schmidt

      Reply Reply August 11, 2017

      great list Sean Drummond, but as to Beatles, Yer Blues and For you blue…………

  • sixxfingers

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    The late Jeff Healey. Truly a one of a kind bluesman. Listen to him first and then watch him perform. Ya gotta SEE what yer hearing!

  • Bill Ferris

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Most of the Blues “Must Listen” artists have already been listed. Reminds me that I have something on CD or digital by most of these artists that I should go back and listen to. Anyway the top of my list is SRV always.

    I don’t know if Jimmy Thackery is listed but saw him a few years ago and he was amazing. Also, I don’t remember if Mike Bloomfield is listed but he was a phenomenal blues guitarists who died too young. I apologize they have already been listed – I went through the chain of responses pretty quickly.

    • Bill Ferris

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      By the way my favorite Mike Bloomfield album is “Don’t Say That I Ain’t Your Man”.

    • Gregory L Senich

      Reply Reply August 12, 2017

      Jimmy Thackeray Live is always a treat, especially with The Nighthawks. Add Mike Henderson and The Bluebloods.

  • Samuel Lount

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Albert King – “Blues at Sunrise” on the LP “Live Wire Blues Power”

  • John

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Nick Moss, Chicago blues style. Someone mentioned Son House. Then you have to mention John Mooney.

  • Rick

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Try Ligtin Hopkins He is an old timer.

  • Joseph Hansen

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Joe Bonamassa – If Heartaches Were Nickels

  • Jim Larkin

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Warren Haynes should be on that list. Duane Allman if he hasn’t been listed. Jimmy Reed absolutely.

  • MichaelK

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Just listing names, to add to Griff’s list:
    1. Bo Diddley
    2. Bobby Blue Bland
    3. Boz Skaggs
    4. Buddy Guy
    5. Charlie Musselwhite
    6. Chuck Berry
    7. The Doors
    8. Elmore James
    9.Eric Clapton
    10. Etta James
    11. Gary Clark Jr.
    12. Hound Dog Taylor
    13.Howlin Wolf
    14. Jimi Hendrix
    15. Jimmy Reed
    16. Joe Cocker
    17. John Lee Hooker
    18. Johnny Winter
    19. Lead Belly
    20. Led Zeppelin
    21. Lightin Hopkins
    22. LIttle Walter
    23. Muddy Waters
    24. Otis Redding
    25. Paul Butterfield
    26. R.L. Burnside
    27. Ralph McTell
    28. Robert Cray
    29. Slim Harpo
    30. Son House
    31. Sonny Boy Williamson
    32.Sonny Landreth
    33. Stevie Ray Vaughan
    34. T Bone Walker
    35.Van Morrison
    36. Willie Dixon
    37. ZZ Hill
    38. ZZ Top

    • Dean

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Anybody mind adding a little Robin Trower to the list. Say bridge of sighs

  • Bill

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    J.B Hutto
    LOng John Hunter
    T-Model Ford
    Steve Vai
    Teresa Russell
    Wes Montgomery

  • Fred

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Don’t forget Leslie West.

    • Mark M (UK)

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Maybe some Walter Trout – to celebrate his return to health too

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Magic Slim:

    Walkin the Dog
    Mustang Sally (Live version)
    Cold Women with Warm Hearts (Live version)

    • Brian

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Roy Buchanon

  • Glenn S

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Melvin Taylor anybody?

  • DaveK

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Hoodoo Man Blues … An absolute classic and listen to buddy guy’s playing … Epic

  • Al Heyes

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Absolutely everything by Joe Bonamassa! Me, a fan? Naaaaaaah!!

  • Bernie Curran

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Hardly a mention for Ray Charles! What,d I Say,Georgia on my mind etc.
    Give Tree Adams “Back to the water” a listen.
    Bernie,Scotland UK

    • James

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      When did Ray Charles play the guitar????

  • Dan

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    I agree with this great list. I didn’t scrutinize every post but wanted to be sure Albert Cummings was listed. For the SRV crowd, a great listen. Not as much Hendrix influence, but superb technique and blues musicality. “Griff like”!

  • Gaz

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Some great Aussie blues ,Dutch Tilders ,Lyod Speigal,Chain,.

  • Rob

    Reply Reply August 9, 2017

    Eric Clapton “Blues” album and “Me and Mr Johnson”. Tony McPhee, “Slide T.S. Slide” album, Rolling Stones “Blue and Lonesome”. And try and get hold of some stuff by Alexis Korner.

    All these guys were from the British Blues scene in the late 50s, early 60s. Kept the whole genre alive then took it back home to the USA. 🙂

  • James

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Any song (Tommy Emmanuel)

  • ChrisG

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Others have mentioned Roy Buchanan and Johnny Winter – two of my all-time favourites, but WAY too advanced for most BGU readers (and me) I reckon.
    Here’s one from left-field…..DION DI MUCCI !! Dion has released three blues albums since 2000, and they are all great. Nothing too flashy, pretty simple solos, nearly all acoustic or small-band stuff; a lot of originals but LOTS of blues standards done by one of the best voices ever, and a good guitar player too. Check them out, well worth a listen: Tank Full of Blues, Son of Skip James and Bronx in Blue.

  • Chris Babcock

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Mississippi Fred McDowell-anything
    Eric Clapton-anything
    Buddy Guy-Dam right I got the blues
    Keb Mo-anything
    SRV-everything
    Jimmy Reed-big city
    Muddy Waters-anything
    B B King-everything
    Johnny Shines-anything
    And of course…..
    Griff Hamlin

  • Ron Hartman

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Albert Collins — I Ain’t Drunk (he deserves more love on this list)
    Luther Allison — Luther’s Blues (has anybody ever heard a guitar talk like this?)
    Allman Brothers — Not My Cross To Bear
    Tab Benoit — the hottest and most versatile contemporary blues guitarist today

    • John

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Benoit fan here

  • dave

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Hey Griff, I grew up on grand old opry, heard black Sabbath and grand funk railroad at age 12 (it changed my life) and met the blues through a freind in my 30’s I’m 50ish now so here goes,muddy waters- cross- eyed cat that got the ball rolling!love Joe bonnamassa, but it’s the really old stuff that grabs me!so my number one vote is anything that seasick Steve does- bon apetite!

  • Rich Hughes

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    ok….one way out- Allman Brothers
    Nasty Dogs and Funky Kings- ZZ TOP
    Turn it up- Samantha Fish
    Tighten up your wig-Steppenwolf(aka-messin’ with the kid-Junior Wells)
    Mannish Boy-Muddy Waters
    Money talks- James Dickinson
    Fat man in the bathtub- Little Feat
    Love me like a man- Bonnie Raitt
    My heads in Mississippi- ZZ TOP

    Whew!…good enough for a start

    Rich Hughes

  • Dave

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Little Milton Campbell – Still some meat left on this bone
    Sherman Robertson – I wonder why
    BB King – Help the Poor
    Coco Montoya – never seen you cry this way before
    Jimi Hendrix – Hey Joe
    James Taylor – Steamroller
    Coco Montoya – Do what you want to do
    Otis Rush – I got the blues

  • Charlie Morán

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Robert Johnson The Complete Recordings

    Muddy Waters, Rolling Stone

    Howling Wolf, Spoonful

    Lurie Bell, All Over Again

    Lead Belly, Midnight Special

    Otis Rush, All Your Love

    Buddy Guy Let Me Love You Darling

    Albert King, I’ll Play the Blues for You

    Anything written by Willie Dixon

  • Karl S. Montreal

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Johnny Winter – Hideaway
    No singing – but just about any facets of blues riffs for 9 minutes. Awesome

  • Etienne Evans

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    So many great artists and songs. My two pennies worth (or cents).
    Snowy White – Midnight Blues, for me just magic. And Colin James – Just Came Back, check out the attitude of the girl backing singers in the video.

    • John

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Never heard of Collin James. Just saw him at Xerox International Jazzfest . Great show

  • Dave McKenna

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    For all you harp fans on here check out Creeper Returns by Bleeding Harp . I find it strange that very few Tab Benoit fans are here. He is one of the best contemporary artists out there. Rate right up there with SRV.

  • Ralph Chapman

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Life by the drop. Stevie Ray Vahn

  • Eric Gauthier

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Here is my top 10, in no particular order (and subject to change anytime…):

    1) Nobody knows you when you’re down and out – Derek and the Dominos
    2) All your love – John Mayall and the Bluesbreakers with Eric Clapton
    3) La Grange – ZZ Top
    4) Be Careful with a Fool – Johnny Winter
    5) Whipping Post – Allman Brothers Band
    6) Voodoo Chile – Jimmy Hendrix
    7) Texas Flood – Stevie Ray Vaughan
    8) How Blue can You Get – B.B. King
    9) Crossroads – Cream
    10) Born in Chicago – Paul Butterfield Blues Band

    • Marc Sutton

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      2b) add : Have you heard – J.M & E.C.
      some of the most captivating guitar sounds ever , remembering it was 1966 and the absence of technology as we know it today !

    • Casey Brose

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      I was surprised Paul Butterfield did not make the original list….good choices.
      😃

  • Peter V

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    What? No Jimmie Reed? Big Boss Man. Bright Lights, Big City. I listened to these songs on “black” radio in Chicago in the 50’s. Muddy Waters late night live. Sweet Home Chicago by Magic Sam. ….

  • joel

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Bridge of Sighs -Robin Trower

  • Tony L

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Add to the list – Johnny Winter’s Dust my Broom, Buddy Guy with Steven Tyler Evil Twin

  • Allan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything by Magic Sam

  • bogie

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Smokin Joe Kubeck (rip) – Joe played most of the guitar, he did not sing
    but his partner Benois King sang and he is also a amazing guitarist.

    Roy Buchanan- When a Guitar Plays the blues and Hot Wires

    Edgar Winters White Trash Road Work live

    The big highlight is their cover version of Tobacco Road with Rick Derringers
    solo guitar moment .

    Dan Baird (Georgia Satellites) solo album- Love Songs For The Hearing Impaired

  • Pete D

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I feel there is little point studying music played at blistering high speed when you are trying to learn an instrument or genre, hence why you don’t teach at lighting speed but can play that way! I find my choice of music changes when I go from listening for pleasure, to listening to try to learn and emulate. Also let’s not forget there is great blues examples in gospel and country music too. I agree with all the responses, didn’t see Jimmie Vaughan though, who I like very much. Obviously we are all motivated by different music and artists but I guess the task Griff set was to list music for people learning so we are looking for choices that voice the blues guitar fundamentals for learners to hear and copy. Cheers Pete..

  • Paul Cassiano

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Lonnie Mack – Cincinnati Jail
    Justin Johnson – Anything this guy plays on a cigar box guitar or 6 string is unreal!
    Led Zep – Lemon song
    Ry Cooder – Feeling Bad Blues

  • Steve B

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    So many great ones listed! Many in my top 100, so I won’t repeat.
    Some may not technically be blues…..and I haven’t seen it listed (but some really good guitar)
    Michael burks- Empty Promises
    Clapton- Old Love (off of 24 Nights)
    Jeff Beck- Cause we’ve Ended as Lovers
    Joe Bonamassa- Tea for One
    Roy Buchanan- Sweet Dreams
    ZZ- Rough Boy
    Tinsley Ellis- Let Him Down Easy
    Walter Trout- Lonely
    ……. and on…..and on.

    • anthony comi

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      AC Brooks

      1. Live at the Fillmore East-Statesboro Blues, Stormy Monday, Done Somebody Wrong, You Don’t Love Me.
      2. Tales of Ordinary Madness. Warren Haynes.
      3. ABB. Melissa (version 5:54 min.)
      4. Little Martha. Duane Allman
      5. Lynard Skynard. Call Me The Breeze
      6. ” ” FreeBird, Sweet Home Ala.

      7. Clapton. Layla, Key to The Highway
      8. Box Scaggs. Loan Me A Dime w/Duane Allman
      9. Tedeschi-Trucks. Midnight in Harlem, Bound for Glory
      Best regards to Griff & family & BGU’ers

  • Terry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Favorite slow blues:
    ZZ TOP — Blue Jean Blues Joe Bonamassa – Blues Deluxe Warren Haynes(Government Mule) version of BB Kings -How Blue can you get — Or BB’s version

  • Bill

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    and when you get real good, try this https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o5Zao2OOmI4

    • Chris Babcock

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Holy crap he is good!

  • Steve

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    MUST LISTEN to some Rory Gallgher !!

    • Aodh

      Reply Reply August 12, 2017

      Without a south.
      The best by far.

  • Larry L.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Leadbelly was the best! Anything he did is great to play and listening to for hours on end.

  • Ron

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Joe Bonamassa Muddy Wolf at Red Rocks

    • Steve

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      My Babe Little Walter
      And yes anything by Buddy Guy
      Mojo Working Muddy Waters

  • fearless freddy

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Hi,this appears to be a list of favorites as well as recommendations for neophyte bluesers. Here are some of mine.
    “Need You So Bad” by Little Willie John
    “Nobody Here But Us Chickens” by Phil Harris
    “Same Old Blues” by Richard Dangel,Gatemouth Brown, Buddy Whittington
    “Still Got The Blues” by Gary Moore, plus others
    “My Wife Won The Lottery” by Eric Two Scoops Moore
    “The Minor Blues” by Buddy Whittington”
    Yes, I’m an eclectic,sax playing,blues guitar want-to-be!
    My advice to you beginners is listen,listen,listen and count cause it’s a bummer to try to fit a 12 bar into an 8 bar blues. God bless Grif & his Family and the rest of you blues pickers fearless freddy

  • Neil Snow

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Gary Moore, Driftin. Jimi Hendrix, Red House. Freddie King, Goin Down. Albert King, Born Under A Bad Sign. Stones, Little Red Rooster. Just to name a few.

  • Stephan Cotton

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    You can’t leave Rory Block off the list. Terraplane Blues, Come On in My Kitchen, Gone Woman Blues or anything else she’s done.

  • Pete Anderson

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Nobody loves me but my mother-BB King
    Just got back from baby’s- ZZ Top
    Blue jean blues- ZZ Top

  • Jim

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Lovin’ You
    Elmore James – It Hurts Me Too Clapton live version also
    Stones – Love in Vain

  • Loren Bills

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Now only need to rank them so a beginner does not start with unreasonable high level and get frustrated.

  • Walter J Kapral

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    HOW about MAGIC SLIM AND THE TEARDROPS? Great blues!

    • PAUL

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      CLAPTON ALSO DID CROSSROADS. ONE SONG I KNOW. HOW ABOUT BOOM BOOM BOOM BOOM, T J HOOKER. FROM THE BLUES BROTHERS. VERY CLOSE TO DELTA BLUES.
      WOW, DEREK AND THE DOMINOS. CLAPTON AFTER BEING IN THE BLUES BREAKERS.ANY JOHN MAYAL? KEY TO THE HIGHWAY! THAT’S WITH BB KING AND CLAPTON HAVE THE CD. THAT SONG I KNOW WELL. WOW GRIFF, NEVER NEW SO MANY OF THESES GUYS PLAYED THE SAME TUNES.

  • Sam

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything Joe Bonamassa does…

  • Gary Cooke

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Some one not famous hide by sad sam blues jam

  • PK Dude

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Buddy Guy is underrepresented….Damn Right I Got the Blues, and Five Long Years off of that same record.

    Cherry Red Wine by Luther Allison

    Strong Persuader by Robert Cray (song and whole album).

  • Ish

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Hey Griff . Thanks so much for the dvds on the modes. That has opened my mind to a whole new spectrum into music. I always wondered how and where the Santana’s , jose felicianos and countless other musicians did that. It now makes sense.
    Can you maybe put out a couple of tracks without the melody guitar. Just the drums, rhythm and bass. For us beginners into these modes, we can expierment different melodies on our own.
    Thanks. Ps…. you’ve got a great band. Quite impressive horn section.

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Lazy–DeepPurple

  • Terry b

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Some that I don’t see yet : Love in Vain by RJ although most of us grew up with the Stones’ version, and anything off Undead by Ten Years After.

  • Rich Hiltz

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Baby Please Don’t Go- Lightnin’ Hopkins
    Wasp Nest-Ray Wylie Hubbard
    Sure Got Cold After The Rain Fell-ZZ Top
    Polecat-Ray Wylie Hubbard
    Love In Vain-The Rolling Stones

  • Louie o.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    For blues with a jazzy bent Melvin Taylor, particularly fond of “wrong place right time”

  • Redsky

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The Nazz Are Blue – the Yardbirds
    Help Me – the Primitives
    Baby Please Don’t Go – Them

    I like bands that take the blues somewhere else outside the standards.

  • Warren Rollins

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The Stumble, John Mayall’s Bluesbrakers, with Peter Greene on guitar.
    Someone else is Steppin’n, by Z.Z. Hill

    • Danny Estrella

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Yesss! And anything Peter Green did in the first incarnation of Fleetwood Mac. With his version of ‘I Need Your Love So Bad’. His tone, licks and timing set the standard.

  • BignJames

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    3 O’clock Blues BB King/Clapton
    one of BB’s first recordings.

    • Steve

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Junior Wells. Messin’ with the Kid

  • Mark

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    who and what I do not see listed is Savoy Brown? Louisiana Blues come to mind along with tons of other great tunes on their albums. I personally like Blue Matter although there are many others! ALL Good.

  • terry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    In no particular order:

    The Thrill is Gone, BB King

    Crossroads, Cream (2005 Albert Hall recording)

    Stormy Monday, Allman Brothers (Live at Philmore East)

    The Sky is Crying, Elmore James

    Little Wing, Stevie Ray Vaughan (Heresy I know, but I prefer it to the Hendrix version)

    Walk in my Shadow, Free (Bonamassa version might be more bluesy)

    So Many Roads, The Bluesbreakers with Peter Green

    Slow Blues in C, Ten Years after

    There are hundreds, but those are the ones that immediately came to mind. I hope people come up with a few contemporary players to add to list.

  • Willyboy

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Freddie King
    Freddie King
    Freddie King
    Johnny Winter
    Johnny Winter
    Johnny Winter
    FREDDIE KING

    • Ed

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Yes, yes and yes!!! I agree totally with you- ANYTHING by Freddie King! Also Mike Bloomfield, especially One Way Out from the live @ Fillmore East w/ Al Kooper.

  • Faus

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Albert Shuffle with Mike Bloomfield

  • Cory

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    All great suggestions here!
    I would like to add these if not already mentioned
    Gary Clark Jr.
    The black keys ( older stuff)
    Of course Billy Gibbons ( old ZZ Top)

  • Tom McMurtry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    SRV ” Pride & Joy

  • todd woodruff

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Allman Brothers Blues Band – Melissa – Acoustic – Live Music – Gregg & Dickie Betts

  • LuckyLarry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I think you need to break the question down to which type of blues. The answer hanges. If you like blues from the 20’s that is different than the Chess era, which is different than the English era. And blues/rock is different than Texas blues. Each style has it’s classics. A beginner can start with their favorite style then expand to other styles. Otherwise we are just listing our favorites regardless of beginner must listen to. Why not break this question into 4 or5 categories then list the must listen to for beginner in each category?

  • B. Reed

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Mississippi John Hurt, Pallet on the floor, Nobody’s dirty business, Chicken. etc.
    Listen to how a solo guitarist entertained an audience in the 1920’s.

  • Willem

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Peter Green’s need your love so bad

  • Robert

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Los Lonely Boys. Taxican rock blues at its best.

    “Heaven”

  • Martin Scarboro

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Guess I’m not the only one to get a bit carried away. Here are my suggestions.

    Heed My Warning B.B. King
    Built For Comfort Howlin’ Wolf
    Champagne & Reefer Muddy Waters
    Stackolina Tab Benoit
    Judgement Day Mike Zito
    My Babe The Fabulous Thunderbirds
    Who Do You Love Bo Diddley
    Stay With Me Faces
    She Won’t Roll Studebaker John
    There’s A Fire In The Kitchen Jeremiah Johnson Band
    Saint Peter Josh Garrett Band
    The Boogie Man Bernard Allison

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Eric Clapton

    If I had Possession over judgement Day

  • TBShaw

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Try most anything by Justin Johnson. And he can play it on damn near ANYTHING! First time you ever saw the blues played on a 3-string shovel guitar. Yep, I said shovel! Check him out, he is amazing.

  • Alexander P Matwick

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Joe Cocker: St. James Infirmary

    Willy: Ain’t it funny how time slips away

  • Steve Z.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    A great blues player missing here is Walter Trout. I love is rendition of ‘Goin’ Down’ as well as many other’s. A good one by Walter would be ‘Life In The Jungle’.

  • Gene Smith

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Something by Lightnin’ Hopkins…because he exemplifies the complexity you can get out of simplicity – very encouraging for a beginner. He was my guitar hero when I first discovered the blues. He knew how to thrill us white college boys! The key of E is still where I mostly live.

  • Paul

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Deep Purple – When a blind man cries.

  • Frederick Ungaretta

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Little Red Rooster, Howlin’ Wolf; I’m a King Be, Muddy Waters; The Blues Had a Baby and they named it Rock n’ Roll, Muddy Waters, Have You Ever Loved a Woman, Derek and the Dominos, Since I’ve been loving you, Led Zeppelin, Baby, what you want me to do?, Johnny Winter, I’m in the mood, Boogie Chillen’, and Boom Boom, John Lee Hooker; I can’t quit you babe, Led Zeppelin.
    Any of the songs put forth in all of these responses are pretty much spot on. The really cool thing about pretty much all of them is when you google or youtube them, you get several versions of them by many of the gresats, from the original bluesmen up to and including the covers of their original versions by the greats of today and the recent past. Party on and Boogie Chillen’!!!

  • Johnny Lang Lie To Me

  • ZekeZ

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Freddy King – Hideway

  • George

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Lipstick sunset – Ry Cooder
    Dark end of the street
    Blind willie Mctell – Dylan
    Dust my Broom
    Sky is crying
    Good time Charlie’s got the blues
    Did you see John Hurt
    Tulane
    Sweet home Chicago
    Crossroads Robert J

  • Alan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Jesus just left Chicago by ZZTop and Steamroller Blues by James Taylor

  • George Tipton

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Statesboro Blues – Allman Brothers Band
    Crossroad Blues – Robert Johnson

  • Ken moree

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything Stevie ray , James Taylor did a song called steamroller I like but then I like all James Taylor great guitar player

    • Ken moree

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      My favorite SRV is little sister , and life by the drop. Check those out

  • marion

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    bad to the bone

  • Steve Lang

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Griff Hamlin And The Circle City Horns at Bluesapalossa

    Going Down, Freddie King and Jeff Beck Group

    Done Somebody Wrong, Allman Bros

    Rock Me Baby, BB King

    You Talk too much, many versions

    Minor Fun:
    Summertime, Janis and many others

    Black Magic Woman, Peter Green

    Midnight Rider, Allmän Bros

  • Levente

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    If you still need inspiration for the list, don’t leave out
    Double Trouble from EC’s 1980s Just One Night album.
    And I kind of liked Don’t lie by a certain Griff Hamlin 🙂
    cheers!

  • Larry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything Gary Moore, Lonnie Mack

  • Bill Wilson

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    A couple of my favorites along with some stuff maybe some here haven’t heard:

    Alchemy – Philip Sayce
    Blackest Day – Joanne Shaw Taylor
    Blues Get Off My Shoulder – Robert Cray
    The Bluest Blues – Alvin Lee
    Bones – Joanne Shaw Taylor
    Breaking Up Somebody’s Home – Albert King (Warren Haynes/Joe Bonamassa’ live version also great)
    Bring It On Home – Nimmo Brothers
    Country Fever – Bryce Janey
    Don’t Know What I’d Do – Matt Schofield
    Empty Promises – Eric Steckel
    Further On Up The Road – Bonamassa & Clapton (Royal Albert Hall)
    Going Home – Joanne Shaw Taylor
    Going To Canada – Joe Louis Walker
    Gotta Leave – Back Door Slam
    Highway 49 – Jeff Healey
    Lonely Bed – Albert Cummings
    Mean Old Town – Bryce Janey
    Rain – Johnny Winter
    Rainy Nights – Joe Louis Walker
    So Many Roads – Joe Bonamassa
    You Move Me – Rocky Athas

  • Rick

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Mississippi John Hurt “Payday”

    • Russ Grant

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Don’t Call Me Stranger – Chris Smither
      White Boy Lost in the Blues- Lyle Lovett

  • Kevin

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    White Room by Cream

  • G Brind

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    My first purchase from Griff was “Acoustic Blues Unleashed ” so I’m more inclined to original acoustic blues. My latest favorite list includes:
    Junior Kimbrough
    Corey Harris
    Jeff Foucault
    Rainer Ptacek
    R L Burnside
    Miss. Fred McDowell
    Mary Gauthier
    Genevieve Chadwick
    Charlie Patton
    Son House
    Jim Bonney
    John Hammond
    Otis Taylor……and the list keeps growing.

    • have you ever loved a woman 2. love in vain 3. anything muddy waters 4. albert king 5.buddy guy 6. john l. hooker hoochi coochie man 7, johnny winter 8, joe bonamasa 9, keeny wayne shepard 10 stevie ray vaugn 11, eric Clapton , 12 bb king, and the list goes on but I choose to listen and play all of these and many more , so I keep looking and listening to anything I can find , andthen I learn them , if your going to play the blues , it is a state of mind , you have to put your soul into it , its more about feeling than just mechanics, it something I have played a long time , but I also play other types of music I always tell people I teach don’t just box yourself into one kind of music, but I always come back to the blues I know I should have wrote more names or songs , but I just woke up and my mind is kinda of blank right now , but playing and writing the blues and singing them is something I do a lot , so I will just it go at that.

  • Ivan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Freddie King – Hideaway

  • Doug Cole

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Here’s a few names I didn’t see.
    Chris Duarte
    Anthony Gomes
    Jay Jesse Johnson

    • Steve Z.

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Big thumbs up to Jay Jesse Johnson and another off the mainline grid is Mike Onesko and his Blindside Blues Band.

  • Charles from Creston BC Canada

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    My favorite ” The session” with Albert King and SRV

  • Bill Thomas

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Everything by Rory Gallagher. A forgotten legend.

    • john strobel

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Wow had to go pretty deep into the list to finally see Rory mentioned the Irish Werewolf and definitely agree. Also would add nearly anything by Ten years after (Alvin Lee) and one of my most fav blues is Jimi Hendrix Hear my train a coming on the Rainbow Bridge album also his acoustic version in the Soundtrack LP

  • Marc

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    SRV – Little Wing

  • George Matthews

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Gregg Allman- Please Call Home
    John Mayer- I’m Gonna Find Another You
    Eric Clapton & Derek Trucks- Layla
    Neil Young- Down By The River
    Jimi- Red House
    Leslie West’s cover of Why I Sing the Blues
    Joe Bonamassa- Mountain Time
    maybe best wrapped in by
    BB King, John Mayer, Derek Trucks, Susan Tedeschi, Hollywood Bowl 2015
    “Someone Really Loves You”

  • John Smale

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Oh so many but definitely Jimi Hendrix – Red House and for anyone who hasn’t heard it, try ‘If you believe me’ by Gillan from ‘Glory Road’ Bernie Tormé plays one of my all time favorite solos.

  • Gonçalo Neves Correia

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    If I could play these 10 songs , I would be very happy!!! I’m in the front to buy that new course !!!
    😎

  • Jim

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Didnt see “Pride & Joy” yet. Gotta be one of SRVs top three!

  • Glenn Lego

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    “You Got It” Roy Orbison;
    “Let Your Love Flow” Bellamy Brothers
    “Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head;” BJ THomas
    “Me And Bobby McGee” Kris Kristoferson
    “Call Me” Chris Montez
    “That’s The Kind Of Mood I’m In” Patty Loveless
    “It’s A Blue World” The Moody Blues
    “Houston” Dean Martin
    “Boll Weevil Song” Brook Benton
    “Center Field” John Fogarty

    These are a few of my favorites

    • Rich Rohr

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Glenn, love all these songs and I think Let Your Love Flow is a hidden gem but these songs are on the other side of the spectrum from blues. Still like em, though

      • Glenn Lego

        Reply Reply August 9, 2017

        I forgot. “Ain’t No Sunshine When She’s Gone” Johnny Winter

        “Galveston” Glen Campbell (RIP)

        “She Loves You” Beatles

        “Willie and the Poor Boys” CCR

        “I Heard It Through The Grapevine” (the long version by CCR)

  • Jimmy The Finger

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    My Feeling For The Blues by Freddie King, which was B.B. King’s favorite blues album. That’s a pretty good recommendation in my book.

    The London Howlin’ Wolf Sessions recorded in 4 hours with Eric Clapton, Stevie Winwood, Charlie Watts and Bill Wyman

    I Am The Blues by Willie Dixon, because truer words have not been spoken.

    “Tribute to Elmore” by Roy Buchanan and “Key To The Highway” off Derek & The Dominos — the encyclopedia of blues licks

    “Walkin Blues” Muddy Waters London Sessions with Rory Gallagher

    “Got A Mind to Give Up Living” Paul Butterfield with Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bushop

    “Be Careful With A Fool”off Johnny Winter And Live with Rick Derringer, perhaps the best blues track ever, from the best 2 guitar team ever. (Listen to Johnny try to play rhythm on this album)

    “Life Is Hard” (and then you die) by Johnny Wintet

    “The Thrill Is Gone” live with B.B. King & Gary Moore. Increduble dueling leads. Try to figure who is who. When B.B. turned his volume up he could hold his own with almost anybody.

    Stevie Ray & Albert King In Session.

    “Super Blue” and “The Breeze” (among a whole bunch more) by J.J. Cale

    It Ain’t Easy album from Long John Bsldry produced by Rod Stewart and Elton John

    “I Love You (More Than You’ll Ever Know)” Blood Sweat & Tears

    “Sportin’ Life” and “Wee Wee Hours” by (Steady Rollin’) Bob Margolin

    • Lynn Arthur Nichols

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      I would offer the brilliant but short lived contributions of Michael Bloomfield…

  • Keith

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    How’s about Peter Green ie Blues Jam at Chess
    J.J.Cale seems to be missing as are Robben Ford, Buddy Whittington and Matt Schofield.

  • Ronnydee

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Jesus just left Chicago Zz top

  • Stephen edwards

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    They are all great. I like Country Boy, Muddy Waters

  • Ronnydee

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Jesus just left for chicago

    • Ronnydee

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Zz top

    • Ken moree

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Jesus just left Chicago yep good song

  • Nick

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I Got a Mind to Give up Living – Paul Butterfield Blues Band
    Mr. Blues Man – Dickey Betts
    Its Not My Cross to Bear – Allman Brothers

  • steve adey

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    R L Burnside – See My Jumper Hangin’ on the Line
    I guess I fall in the minority of responders who enjoy the pre-rock stuff – although R L (1926 – 2005) is a sort of cross-over
    also, don’t leave out Rev. Gary Davis, Candy Man, maybe

  • Kevin O'Sullivan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Since I’ve Been Loving You – Led Zeppelin and any blues number sung by Robert Plant who has the sweetest blues voice of all. He’s so immersed in his singing it’s a joy to hear.

  • Jim

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything by Lightin’ Hopkins

    • gary carlson

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Couldn’t have said it better, Jim
      Especially Lightnin’ Hopkins “Have you ever loved a woman?”

  • PatB

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    True blues:
    Elmore James
    The Sky is Cryin
    It Hurts Me Too
    Down to the Crossroads
    The slide work is obvious but Elmore’s voice just is the blues.
    Pat B

  • Cliff

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Ry Cooder- “Feelin bad blues”

  • Dee

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything by The Griff Hamlin Band (available on iTunes 😉)

  • David

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Lonnie Mack – Why?

  • Ross

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I 2nd most of these suggestions, but I would add Beth Hart & Jeff Becks live cover of Buddy Guys’ “I’d Rather Go Blind” at the Lincoln Center tribute to Buddy……..Amazing performance! Google it….

  • Blue Jack

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Muddy Waters: Hoochie Coochie Man

    Johnny Winter: Be careful of a Fool

  • John Grogan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Every song you mention is great. An excellent exercise is to listen then to ALL the versions of the same song, since many blues numbers have been covered numerous times. Crossroads, for example, as well as Mannish Boy, Little Red Rooster, Hound Dog even. Listen to John Lee Hooker, Lightning Hopkins, Big Mama and ALL the others mentioned above!

  • Colin

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    All excellent Griff but as the first ‘blues licks’ I could play were on ‘Tore Down’ and ‘When love comes to town’ they are extra special for me.

  • Joe G

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Madison Blues–George Thorogood
    Stormy Monday–T-Bone Walker
    I’d Rather Go Blind–Tedeschi, Trucks, Haynes
    Key To The Highway–Clapton & BB King
    Waiting For The Bus/Jesus Left Chicago–ZZ Top
    Love In Vain–Rolling Stones
    Little Red Rooster–Rolling Stones
    Don’t forget to include Elmore James, John Mayall, Freddie and Albert King, and Etta James

  • Larry Colcun

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Whippin’ Post..Allman Brothers

  • Bob

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    James Cotton

  • Jan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Cuby and the Blizzards. Through the Windows of my eyes and other songs The album of Eric Clapton and John Mayall

  • Frank ODell

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    These two still give me chills: B.B. King’s Blues is King and Freddie King’s album Texas Cannonball.

  • Mike Wood

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Howlin’ Wolf Going down slow

  • Steve Cross

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    If anyone said Son House, I didn’t see it.

    • john strobel

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Damn Son finally mentioned which reminded me of Govt Mule they rock the blues. Walk on guilded splinters by dr john and if course covered by humble pie on their epic live at the Fillmore LP

  • Steviek

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    “Just Like A Woman”-Johnny Winter — “Hey Mama”- Climax Blues Band

    • chris

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      ‘Bluest Blues’ by Alvin Lee.
      Incredible range of playing in just one song!!

    • Glenn Lego

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      “America, America, God Shed His Grace on Thee” Ray Charles. If you ever have heard the sign off of Mark Levin Show on Patriot Channel XM 125 radio, he plays this. Every episode. 😄

  • Bill Hertel

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” by Luther Allison. This is from a MUST album of various Rolling Stones songs sung by blues singers.Album is titled -“PAINT IT BLUE”

  • David P

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Honest I Do by Jimmy Reed is a nice gentle way into playing the blues. Bright Lights, Big City, too?

  • Terrie

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Boz Scaggs – Loan Me a Dime
    might sound odd but “drink you away” duet sung by Chris Stapleton and Justin Timberlake. (Don’t boo me. It is a good blues song.)
    Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Blue on Black
    Walter Trout – Pray for the Rain
    Allman Brothers – It’s Not my Cross to Bear
    Sonny Boy Williams – Bring It On Home
    BB King – (almost anything he does) Please Love Me
    Buddy Guy – Feels Like Rain
    Albert King – Call It Stormy Monday
    Joe Bonamassa – Blues Deluxe
    Jimi Hendrix – Hear My Train a Comin’
    Bobby “Blue” Bland – Ain’t No Love in the Heart of the City
    Derek & The Dominos – Have You Ever Loved a Woman
    I could go on but these are some that weren’t mentioned before.

  • François Muratet

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Some of my favorites:

    Baby please don’t go (Big Joe Williams)
    I Ain’t Superstitious (Willie Dixon, by Howling wolf)
    Alabama Blues (JB Lenoir)
    Roadhouse Blues (Doors)
    Way Down in the hole (Tom Waits)
    Dimples (JL Hooker, Best of friends version)
    Sitting on the top of the world (Walter Vinson, by Howling Wolf)
    Am I wrong (Keb Mo)
    Crawlin’ kingsnake (JL Hooker, by Buddy Guy)
    Dust my broom (Robert Johnson, by Elmore James)
    Satan your Kingdom must come down (traditional, by Robert Plant or The blind Revelators, or Meschiya Lake and the Little big horns)
    Riot in the cell block number 9 (Dr Feelgood)
    Poke salad Annie (Tony Joe White, by Captain Luke)
    The Little Red Rooster (Willie Dixon, by Howling wolf)

    • Babette LeBlanc

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Polk Salad Annie is one of my all time favorites!
      Amos Moses by Jerry Reed

  • Cat

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    For us saxophone players (yes we are here also)
    David Sandborn
    Grover Vashington Jr
    Mindi Abai
    Boney James

  • Jeff

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Dave said Roy Buchanan. I 2nd that, but let’s get specific. “Can I Change My Mind” off the Livestock album.

  • Joe Griffin

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Blue Jeans Blues. ZZ Top

  • Dq

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    John Lee Hooker- I’m a Man
    SRV- The Sky is Crying
    Etta Jamess- At Last
    Led Zepplin- Since I’ve Been Loving You
    Ray Charles- You Don’t Know Me

  • Mike

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    For a beginner Albert King’s, I’ll Play the Blues for You, and BB King, The Thrill is Gone, are essential.

  • Mike

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Allmans EatA peach. John Mayall

  • David H.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Warren Haynes – Gov’t Mule cover of Albert King’s Feel Like Breakin’ Up Someone’s Home, Blues is alright Gov’t Mule with Little Milton, etc.
    Warren Haynes is amazing!

  • Tom Wadsworth

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Going outside the guitar box (pun intended):

    Thelonious Monk: Blue Monk

  • Linden

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    ZZ Top, A Fool For Your Stockings.

  • Dave Jones

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything by Bugs Henderson and SRV.

  • MikeS

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Freddie King
    BB king
    albert king
    Albert collins
    Buddy Guy
    SRV
    Johnny winter
    George thorogood
    Muddy waters
    Howling wolf
    Eric Gales
    Griss (or was it Chris) Hamlin
    Also find local players that you can get out to meet & see regularly.

  • Ed McIntyre

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Alvin Lee (of Ten Years After) The Bluest Blues, great song and a darn good album

  • Linden

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    ZZ Top – A Fool For Your Stockings!!

  • Jim Kuzo

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    ACOUSTIC BLUES:

    John Primer: When I Get Lonely; Blues on Solid Ground

    Carter Brothers version of: Deep Ellum Blues

    Great instrumentals on all of the above…

    Johnny Cash: Walking The Blues

    These are my personal favorites

  • David Iwinski

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Many awesome songs listed… add three more classics…

    Got My Mojo Workin’ by Muddy Waters
    Messing With The Kid by Freddie King or maybe the Buddy Guy / Kid Rock version
    I’m A King Bee by Muddy Waters, then try to Kenny Wayne Shepard version

  • Rocky Eades

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Since no one seems to have mentioned them yet:
    Hans Theessink – Walking the Dog and Big Bill’s Guitar (really any blues by Theessink
    Roy Bookbinder – all of it
    Roy Rogers and Ry Cooder – for slide stuff

  • Larry Lancaster

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Where’s Chuck Berry on this list?
    He was a inspiration to a lot of these greats players including the beatles. Maybe I’m showing my age here.

    • Babette LeBlanc

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Johnny B Goode was the first song/lead I ever tried to play…poorly I might add, haha.

  • Alastair

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I usually look at kurt cobains top 50 albums when someone asks such a question

  • Simmo

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    George Thorogood. One bourbon one scotch one beer.

  • DK Orbit

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    A newer artist I am enjoying is Samantha Fish, “I Put a Spell On You”.

  • Ben Daviss

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Also forgot to mention Etta James, “The Blues is My Business”

  • Ben Daviss

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Anything by Francine Reed — “I’m a Handful”.

  • Dave

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The obvious starting point is to listen to the pioneers – Robert Johnson, Blind Willie McTell, Charlie Patton, Bessie Smith, Memphis Minnie etc.
    However, the recording technology of the 20s and 30s can be a barrier to a young person who has never heard it before. So maybe better to go slightly later – post-WWII, when microphone technology had come along in leaps and bounds and both late direct to disc recording and the introduction of tape enabled a much more modern fidelity. So, John Lee Hooker, Little Walter, Howling Wolf, T-Bone Walker, Sonny Boy Williamson II, Elmore James, Muddy Waters. Modern amp and guitar technology really kicked off in the early-mid 50s too.
    Then the 60s: Koko Taylor, John Mayall, The “3 Kings”, Charlie Musselwhite, Etta James, Clapton, Joplin, Albert Collins, Butterfield, Canned Heat, Buddy Guy, Peter Green’s Fleetwood Mac; the closer you get to the present, the more overwhelming the choices.
    In the past 40 or so years, take your pick: SRV, Robert Cray, Rory Block, Keb Mo, Roy Buchanan, Bob Brozman, Eric Bibb, Fiona Boyes, Chris Whitley, Jeff Lang…
    I highly recommend a fantastic box set which came out around 1992: Chess Blues, which offers a superb overview of one label’s output between 1947 and 1967. If I had to pick only one compilation which represents the post-war canon, this flawless set will immerse you in the blues over 4 CDs.
    Cheers, Dave

  • Rod McTaggart

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Butterfield Better Days ‘Broke My Baby’s Heart’, Muddy ‘Sail on’, Howling Wolf ‘Killin’Floor’,Jimmy Reed ‘High Temperature’,Clapton ‘Old Love’,Down child ‘Flip flop and fly’, King Biquit Boy ‘300 lbs of Heavenly Joy.

  • Mike cole

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Stevie ray Vaughn sweet little thing

  • Steven Brown

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Ronnie Earl “Westside Blues”

  • Lee Giusti

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    All the suggestions I have seen are great. I would tell someone to start with the book “Inside Blues Guitar” Steve James. Great book. Can’t lose. Listen to all of the greats. I would also get the David Mead “100 Tips for Blues Guitar” Great book for someone starting out to discover the blues.

  • Dean Boyer

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    theres one I feel should be there that hasn’t been mentioned Joe Satriani

    • S McDowall

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Joe Satriani is a great guitarist — but I wouldn’t classify him as blues. So for an introduction to blues guitar masters (which the list appears to be) I don’t think he’d be on it. Now, for an intro on guitar shredders he’d be near the top! 🙂

  • Terry

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Jimmy Thackey -Licking Gravy
    SRV-Things I use to do
    Gary Moore- Pretty Women
    Luther Allison – Bad Love
    Robert Cray- I’d rather be a Wino
    Freddie King -Hideaway
    Pee Wee Cragton- Blues acer hours
    Johnny Copeland – Flying High
    Jimmy Hendrix – Power of Love
    BUDDY GUY – (DAM ANY SONG) !!

  • John Royce

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    You can’t start with anything other than Robert Johnson. The Centenial Collection is great. If you listen to Eric Clapton’s Album Me & Mr Johnson straight afterwards, you can see how far you can take arrangemgements and it’s still the blues…..

    Follow that with the following must have albums to see what type of blues music really gets into your guitar-playing soul:

    100 Blues Classics
    Albert King – Born Under A Bad Sign
    Gary Moore – The Best Of The Blues
    Jimi Hendrix – Blues (for something about different)
    Stevie Ray Vaughan – Texas Flood (not my thing – too “heavy jazz”!)
    Any Peter Green stuff.
    Oops….can’t help giving my personal twist on this question….

    • Jeff

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Great comment!

  • Dan Blackburn

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Drowning on dry land / Tad Benoitt

    • Dan Blackburn

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Bridge of sighs Robbin Trower

  • JDG

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Please do not leave out of this list the guy that introduced me to the blues Lightnin Hopkins – about 1965

    • John Royce

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Double oops – how could I have forgotten to mention Lightnin’ Hopkins!!! Another must listen

      • S McDowall

        Reply Reply August 8, 2017

        Agreed!!

  • BRENT

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    All the standards seem to be covered, as well as some of the more “flavorful” pickings. I’ll add:

    Rack ‘Em Up -Johnny Lang
    Good Morning Little Schoolgirl -Johnny Lang
    In the Morning- Joe Louis Walker
    The one in the Middle- Robert Cray
    The Blues Come Walkin’ In- Tab Benoit.

  • Frank Maynes

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Worry Worry BB King Live at the Regal. Indeginious Live at Pacaderm Red House Muddy Waters. Live in Washington 2 Sets with Johnny Winter . Listen to all of it . Muddy has Pine Top Willie BIG EYES Smith Junior Wells Jerry Portnous on the lil ol Harp and last but not least Bob Marcolin Rory Gallagher Irish Tour all of it.

  • Gerry A.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    oh and “So Many Roads” by Otis Rush

  • tim

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    All of Robert Johnson (the Lomax bros recordings)

    All of Willie Dixon’s “I Am the Blues”

    Sleepy John Estes, “Drop Down Mama”

  • MinorPentatonicAddict

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The Paul Butterfield Blues Band — “Blues With A Feeling”

  • Ken

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Big Head Todd & The Monsters – Midnight Radio

  • John mann

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Gary Moore, still got the blues album is probably where it all started for me & it was my real inspiration to learn guitar in the first place! The Sky is crying & Walking by my self are two great tracks 😎

  • John Whittle

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Oh yea, I almost forgot. If you need some slower blues listen to “12:15 Slow Goonbash Blues” also on the Kooper Session album featuring Shuggie Otis.

  • Gerry A.

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I’m in the Mood – John Lee Hooker and Bonnie Raitt

    • Glenn Lego

      Reply Reply August 9, 2017

      Something To Talk About. Bonnie Raitt

  • David

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    A little left field but;
    – “One Foot in The Blues” ZZ Top
    – “Blue & Lonesome” Rolling Stones

  • Robert

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Johnny Winter – Nothin’ But the Blues (album)
    Johnny Winter – Progressive Blues Experiment album)

  • Bill H

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    When I really want to get into a blues mood:
    – I Put a Spell On You, (David Gilmour/Mica Paris or Screamin Jay Hawkins)
    – You Can Keep Your Hat On, (Randy Newman or Joe Cocker)
    – Sweet Home Chicago, (Freddie King)

  • Ken

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Kenny Wayne Shepherd – Blue on Black
    Joe Bonnamassa – Happier Times (Live)
    John Mayer – Out of My Mind (Live)
    Dire Straits – Once Upon a Time in the West
    Indiginous – Evolution Revolution
    John Hiatt – Feels like Rain
    J.J. Cale – Hard to Thrill
    (Tell him to look for songs over 7 minutes……:O)

    • S McDowall

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Love the “left field” list! Great choices!

  • John Whittle

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    “Blues w/ a Feeling” and “Last Night”, both by the Paul Butterfield Blues Band featuring Mike Bloomfield. “Shuggie’s Shuffle” on the Al Kooper, Kooper Sessions album featuring Shuggie Otis.

  • SlowHandFan

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Talk To Your Daughter – Robben Ford

  • Mark Wales uk

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Slim harpo Peter green Jimmy reed junior wellshowlin wolf muddy waters little Walter
    Griff hamlin 😎🎶

  • bob

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Robin Trower-Bridge of Sighs (album)
    Jimi Hendrix-Villanova Junction

  • Andrew Roberts

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Memphis Minnie – Me and My Chauffeur.
    Little Walter – My Babe.
    Johnny Winter – Broke Down Engine (I Think that’s what the song is called?)
    Dr. Feelgood – She Does It Right (Although not strictly blues, it’s a great blues influenced track)

  • Rob Johnson

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    It Hurts Me Too from Luther Allison’s Live in Chicago set

  • Richard

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Robert Cray

  • John

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Jimmy Page solo in I Can’t Quit You Baby.

  • David Ginnelly

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Fleetwood Mac, Need Your Love So Bad

  • John Williams

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Rory Gallagher – Irish Tour 74
    (listening & viewing)

    • June O'Reilly

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      about time someone finally said Rory’s name !!
      half those people mentioned all talk about how Rory influenced them
      got one Rory song under my belt
      and a lifetime to still keep on trying

  • Emile Gauvreau

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    OK, how about:
    If you like some horns with your blues
    Driftin and Driftin Paul Butterfield The Resurrection of Pigboy Crabshaw
    Killin Floor The Electric Flag

    Angelina Keb Mo
    Leavin’ Trunk Taj Mahal

  • Ray

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
    Led Zeppelin – Tea For One
    Howlin’ Wolf – Little Red Roster

  • Ken

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Some ideas (which betray my age..)

    Jimi Hendrix – Red House, Voodoo Chile
    Gary Clark Jr. – Catfish Blues (or Hendrix or Muddy Waters)
    Jeff Beck – Cause We’ve Ended as Lovers
    Led Zeppelin – Since I’ve Been Loving You
    Freddie King – Going Down, Hideaway

  • Andrew

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Driftin’ Blues (Eric Clapton). Ramblin’ on My Mind (Eric Clapton), Boom Boom (John Lee Hooker).

  • Shodai

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I prefer T-Bone Walkers original Stormy Monday, but if we’re going to throw the Allman Brothers in then you have to include Whipping Post.

  • terry Hope

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Fleetwood Mac – Stop Messin’ Around – or anything from Peter Green!
    Come On In My Kitchen – Backsliders or Clapton
    Killing Floor – Howlin’ Wolf – great recording from the London Sessions

  • Phil G

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Robben Ford. Real Man, You cut me to the bone. For something different!

  • Andy Kirkland

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The Stumble Freddie King…. love a lesson on that, especially the GaryMoore version

  • Dave Hofacker

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    The whole cd—- Blues For Greeny by Gary Moore

    • John mann

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Good call!😎 my 2 favorite players, you can’t go wrong with that album!

  • Will

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Red House- Jimi Hendrix
    Staesboro Blues- Allman Bros
    Hootchie Coochie Man- Muddy Waters
    Backdoor Man- Howlin Wolf

  • John Guerasio

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    T-Bone Walker – Mean Old World
    Buddy Guy – A Man And The Blues
    Albert King – Personal Manager
    Lonnie Brooks – You Know What My Body Needs
    Son Seals – Call My Job
    Lonnie Johnson – Too Late To Cry

  • Jalapeno

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    I went to wikipedia when I wanted to know some of the blues standards. It was helpful to me.

    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_blues_standards

    • Rod

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Brilliant Jalapeno! Thanks

    • Babette LeBlanc

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      Nice! Thank you.

  • Al Heyes

    Reply Reply August 8, 2017

    Love this alternative version of “Crossroads at an empty Fillmore….
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=-twOjwBORwg

    • Rob Johnson

      Reply Reply August 8, 2017

      One of my favourites too 🙂

      • Ken

        Reply Reply August 8, 2017

        A full offering at its highest of phrasing, timing, and melting major and minor is found in – I Need Your Live So bad – done by Gary Moore. Choose the live version 9:03 in length. Something there for every level of player. No need for theroy, just watch and immulate.

        • Larry

          Reply Reply August 8, 2017

          Hey I agree. Love it. Actually anything Gary Moore.

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