Blues Styles

Boogie Woogie Blues

Pinetop Perkins,Blues, Boogie Woogie Blues

 Boogie-Woogie is a piano style that evolved from the “stride piano” of the early 1900s; it became a national craze during the war years and beyond. Boogie-Woogie artists include Clarence "Pine Top" SmithPinetop PerkinsBig Joe Turner

Chicago Blues


 Chicago Blues has been described as delta blues amplified. The west side of Chicago produced a soul blues style using high energy guitar work. Muddy WatersBuddy GuyMagic Sam, and Otis Rush are considered the prototype players.  

Country Blues


 Country Blues is a hybrid category that includes elements of R&B, Louisiana swamp boogie, Piedmont, gospel, and country.  It is interesting to note that early delta blues players might be classified as country blues by today’s standards.  Taj Mahal , Keb'Mo, John Hammond, Jorma Kaukonen are examples

Delta Blues


 Delta Blues is one of the earliest styles of blues music.  It originated in the Mississippi Delta, and guitar and harmonica are the dominant instruments used.  Sonny Boy WilliamsonJames CottonR.L. Burnside are noted Delta Blues player 

Jump Blues


 Jump Blues is an up-tempo style popular in the 1940s.  Kansas City produced a swing style of blues that combined honking saxes with “blues shouter” vocals in a rowdy, uptempo style.  Notable artists include Cab CallowaySmiley Lewis, and Sam Taylor

New Orleans Blues



Louisiana Blues is a style that includes many different types of rhythms, including Latin rhumba and the almost country-like zydeco beat. New Orleans was the melting pot of most musical influences in America, so the music of Louisiana combines Cajun, Creole, Zydeco Latin, marches, swing, and others.

 Notable artists include James BookerFats DominoGuitar SlimSmiley LewisLittle Richard, and Steamboat Willie.

Piedmont Blues


 Piedmont Blues refers to a guitar fingerpicking style from the foothills of the Carolinas and Georgia.  It's characterized by a thumb bass pattern that supports a syncopated melody picked with the fingers.  Piedmont Blues musicians include Etta BakerBlind Boy FullerPeg Leg Sam, and Bumble Bee Slim. 

Soul Blues


 Soul blues, or Rhythm and Blues (R&B) is a style of blues develpoed in the late 60s and early 70s.  It combines soul music and urban contemporary music.   MotownStax Records, and Atlantic Records published many songs by artists such as Bobby "Blue" BlandRay CharlesRobert CrayEtta JamesDenise LaSalleBobby Rush, and Ike Turner

Texas Blues



Texas Blues is a hard-driving swing style blues using repetitive riffs interspersed with lyrics, and having more swing than the Chicago style. Stevie Ray Vaughancontributed by using various types of guitar sounds such as southern slide guitar and different melodies of blues and jazz.

 Notable performers include Stevie Ray VaughanAlbert CollinsThe Fabulous ThunderbirdsFreddie KingLonnie MackBig Mama ThortonJimmie VaughanT-Bone WalkerEdgar Winter