Joanne Shaw Taylor Mike Zito & The Wheel Government Mule Susan Tedeschi / Derek Trucks Ana Popovic Samantha Fish Royal Southern Brotherhood Aynsley Lister Dani Wilde Henrik Freischlader Layla Zoe Devon Allman Cyril Neville
Note: I am a HUGE fan of "The Blues" and have been playing in blues-based bands since the mid/late 90's. I am not a "purist" in any way whatsoever. Some of the following artists might not be considered "blues artists" as such, but to me, sometimes labels are too restrictive. In my mind, everyone listed below are at least "bluesy", "blues-ish" or, at least, "blues influenced".
Chris Bead Eric Bibb Joe Bonamassa & Beth Hart (I like what they do together better than separately. Maybe only partially true for Beth but definitely true for Joe.) Robert Bradley's Blackwater Surprise Deb Callahan Jon Cleary and The Absolute Monster Gentlemen Shemekia Copeland Sean Costello Daddy Mack Blues Band Delta Moon Chris Daniels & The Kings James Luther Dickinson (the dad of 2 of the North Mississippi Allstars and piano player on "Wild Horses") Luther Dickinson (see also North Mississippi Allstars) Dion (yes, of the Belmonts. Has released a couple of acoustic blues albums that I really enjoy) Terry Evans The Fins Ruthie Foster Terry Garland JJ Grey & Mofro Guitar Shorty (been around forever but has many post 1990 albums worth listing to) John Hammond (also around forever. His 2001 Album "Wicked Grin" where he rearranged 11 Tom Waits songs is on My Desert Island list) The Holmes Brothers James Hunter Samuel James Cathy Jean Jubal Kane Eddie Kirkland (been around forever but some my favorite albums of his come from the 90's and beyond) Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials Eric Lindell John Lisi Magic Slim & The Teardrops (again, long career but was still cutting great records into the 90's & 2000's. His 1998 "Black Tornado" is also on my Desert Island list) Taj Mahal (Around forever. 1997 album "Senor Blues" won a Grammy & is also on my Desert Island list) Peter Malick Pat McLaughlin JD McPherson Keb' Mo' North Mississippi Allstars Anders Osborne Ana Popovic John Primer (again, long career, still releasing albums I like) Paul Rishell and Annie Raines Roomful of Blues (All their stuff is good. My favorites are the two albums they recorded with Mac Odom as vocalist) Curtis Salgado Tedeschi/Trucks Walter "Wolfman" Washington Watermelon Slim
That's a pretty good summary of what I consider my favorites & a pretty good start for anyone looking for inspiration. I look forward to using lists that other's post for inspiration to find stuff I'm not all that familiar with (I'll be mining a few off of RockingLonestar's list above, for sure)! New music is so fun!
Peace, Mr DJA
Edited 1 time(s). Last edit at 2016-12-08 18:49 by mr_dja.