Recommend me some Blues

I've been listening to a bit of John Lee Hooker lately as my music tastes have slowed down a little.

I know plenty of you guys are into blues and would probably be able to recommend me some lesser known artists to check out?

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Can't help you there Mike, I don't listen to a lot of it, must be someone out there who can help him???

No probs. Once some of our US counterparts sign on I expect a few recoms.

I have an early blues compilation CD. I'll dig it out and re-listen. These comp CDs can often be bought very cheap in supermarkets, though, and are a good intro to the genre. Our bass-playing "Boogieman" (JLR) knows his roots, though. I'd hope he'd look in and chime.

I love Lightnin' Hopkins, great old raw stuff, also worth checking the obvious ones like Leadbelly, Sonny Boy Williamson etc...
Loads of more contemporary stuff to choose from too.

Went to see these guys on Saturday:

http://profile.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=user.viewprofile&friendID=52880827

Kick-ass show, great vocal/bass...everything really! Even bought their CD for a tenner (signed of course!)

Cheers, I'll take a listen.

There's Muddy Waters, of course and Buddy Guy. I still haven't pulled out the CD but a quick yootoob of "howlin' wolf" and "blind lemon" should work wonders. While I'm thinking (spelt "drinking"), we could do a comp for most bizarre-yet-plausible blues-artiste name.

I would love it if "Canine distemper playground incident permanently impaired vision" actually was the firstname of some blues legend.

like the what's your pornstar name, but rather what's your blues singer name?

I like 'Mills Bone' or 'Stills Steamtrain'

Much too plausable though.

1bassleft wrote:
While I'm thinking (spelt "drinking"), we could do a comp for most bizarre-yet-plausible blues-artiste name.

I was speaking to a guy on Wednesday night who's writing a whole spoof history of the blues based on these sort of names. Sadly I was too pissed to remember any examples...

We're really not doing the reputation of bass players any favours between us are we?!
Need to think of a way of diverting the attention back to the drummers...

how about Earl Hooker (John Lee's Brother),Fenton Robinson,Hubert Sumlin,

Seasick Steve.

Saw him again last night - bloody excellent.

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