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I am mostly a rock/ punk/ grunge/ alternative listener but have always loves the sort of blues my dad used to listen to. People like Muddy Waters, John Lee Hooker etc. Recently my blues interest is having a bit of a Renaissance but I realise there must be some brilliant modern blues artists out there. So I was wondering if we have any big blues fans who would like to make any suggestions for bands/ artists worth giving some time to.

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Gary Clark Jnr is a good place to start.

 

 

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Guitarist in one of my bands recently discovered Colter Wall. Young guy with a very mature voice. We've been covering 'The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie' in our set recently. It always goes down well. 

I tired to post the link but it didn't work. I'm just getting used to a new computer! I might try again later. 🙂

 

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Lance Lopez and Anders Osborne are two that come to mind to me. 

Actually for new ‘old’ blues, Sweet Tea by Buddy Guy is pretty damn good.

Robert Randolph and the Family Band hit on funk and gospel as much as blues, but Robert Randolph is an awesome slide guitarist. 

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Thanks for the super quick replies! Had a quick listen and loving all the suggestions so far!

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Most of what is happening now is what I call "smooth blues" which is main stream blues for the masses. Like Joe Bonamassa and Gary Clarke.

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Joe Bonamassa is probably the top blues guy at the moment.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Government Mule.

Walter Trout.

 

 

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4 minutes ago, steantval said:

Joe Bonamassa is probably the top blues guy at the moment.

Kenny Wayne Shepherd.

Government Mule.

Walter Trout.

 

 

Agreed

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I like the really rough and dirty southern blues the best. Not sure if there is a modern equivalent.

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When I was a kid we would go to the Filmore East to see BB King & Albert King for $5.00.

Every thing is so polished now and produced with a ton of technology. Not saying that's a bad thing.

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It depends what you mean by modern. There are people doing the same kind of thing as the ones you mentioned, and doing it really well, and there are people with a modern take on it. 

How about this:

 

Maybe more rock than blues, but Band of Skulls are my current favourite 

 

 

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Joe is a money-making machine. Hope he gets his fair share!

I remember interviewing him a while ago and said ‘Where do you think you’ll be in 10 years time?’ 

He said, straight off: ‘If they’re anything like the last ten I’ll be dead...’

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Massive +1 for Matt Schofield.

Eric Gales is pretty cool too.

If you prefer something a bit more acoustic, Martin Harley is great :

 

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11 minutes ago, Bluewine said:

Every thing is so polished now and produced with a ton of technology. Not saying that's a bad thing.

It is, though :)

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I have listened to a bit of Joe Bonamassa and I don't quite understand why he is the big thing; no doubt he can play but it all sounds a bit blues by numbers. Robert Cray is a far more interesting guitarist imo. Also has a great voice.

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Tedeschi Trucks - take the Blues and do all sorts of weird and wonderful things with it.

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I recently went to see Pontus Snibb's Wreck of Blues and thought they were great - a feast of tasty licks (I read that once). 

If you don't know Pontus he's a Swedish guy who is the guitarist in rock band Bonafide and sometime drummer in Jason & the Scorchers.

 

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2 hours ago, seashell said:

Guitarist in one of my bands recently discovered Colter Wall. Young guy with a very mature voice. We've been covering 'The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie' in our set recently. It always goes down well. 


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...another great Canadian,born and raised in Saskatchewan.Interesting stuff.

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Any of the Robben Ford and the Blue Line albums get my vote, especially the first one.

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I don't know if you'd class them as strictly blues but a while ago I quite go into Reverend Peyton's Big Damn Band after hearing this on a free magazine compilation. 

 

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2 hours ago, seashell said:

Guitarist in one of my bands recently discovered Colter Wall. Young guy with a very mature voice. We've been covering 'The Devil Wears a Suit and Tie' in our set recently. It always goes down well. 

I tired to post the link but it didn't work. I'm just getting used to a new computer! I might try again later. 🙂

 

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