Independent Rock Music /
Independent Rock and Roll Music
Rock, or rock and roll, emerged
as a defined musical style in America in the 1950s, though elements of rock
and roll can be seen in rhythm and blues records as far back as the 1920s.
Early rock and roll combined elements of blues, boogie woogie, jazz and rhythm
and blues, and is also influenced by traditional folk music, gospel music,
black and white, and country and western.
“Rocking” was a term first used by gospel singers
in the American South to mean something akin to spiritual rapture. A double,
ironic, meaning came to popular awareness in 1947 in blues artist Roy Brown's
song "Good Rocking Tonight" (also covered the next year by Wynonie
Harris in an even wilder version), in which "rocking" was ostensibly
about dancing but was in fact a thinly-veiled allusion to sex. Such double-entendres
were nothing new in blues music but were new to the radio airwaves. After
the success of "Good Rocking Tonight" many other rhythm and blues
artists used similar titles through the late 1940s including a song called
"Rock and Roll" recorded by Wild Bill Moore in 1949. These songs
were relegated to "race music" (the music industry code name for
rhythm and blues) outlets and were barely known by mainstream white audiences.
In 1951, Cleveland, Ohio disc jockey Alan Freed would begin
playing this type of music for his white audience, and it’s Freed who’s
credited with coining the phrase "rock and roll" to describe the
rollicking R&B music that he brought to the airwaves. The term, with its
simultaneous allusions to dancing, sex, and the sound of the music itself,
stuck even with those who didn't absorb all the meanings.
From the beginning, when the early rockers merged country and
blues, rock has been defined by its energy, rebellion and catchy hooks, but
as the genre aged, it began to shed those characteristics, placing equal emphasis
on craftmanship and pushing the boundaries of the music. As a result, everything
from Chuck Berry's pounding, three-chord rockers and the sweet harmonies of
the Beatles to the soulful pleas of Otis Redding and the jarring, atonal white
noise of Sonic Youth has been categorized as "rock." This is not
surprising - rock had a specific sound and image for only a handful of years.
For most of its life, rock has been fragmented, spinning off new styles and
variations every few years - only natural for a genre that began its life
as a fusion of styles.
||A blend of pop, alt-country and rock.
|Live at Beaners
||The best in Minnesota music recorded live at Beaner's Central Coffeehouse, located in Duluth, Minnesota.
||A blend of blues, country and rock with a melodic, hard edge.
|The Big Distraction
||Jam and progressive-infused classic rock.
||Americana Roots - county/folk/rock.
|The Brimsek Brothers
||A unique blend of rock and folk music.
||1960's Upper Midwestern rock & roll group way ahead of it's time.
||Eclectic artist performing folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop/rock.
|Cory Chisel and The Wandering Sons
||A blend of 60s soul, New Orleans swagger, and good old rock n' roll.
||Four-piece rock band from Prescott, Arizona.
||Minneapolis, Minnesota band playing a blend of rock and pop.
|Gaskins N' Gunner
||A blend of blues and rock with a country flavor splashed in for fun.
||A blend of folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, retro rock and blues.
||Surf music at it's best.
||Minnesota hard rock to easy listening style.
||Smokin' guitarist that has been playing and recording his own style of roots-rockin' blues and American music since he was 14 years old.
||A multi genre all original jamband.
||Iowa-based acoustic rock quartet.
||Singer/songwriter with songs that tend to be long, lyrics that tell a story and there's plenty of lead guitar throughout.
|No Room To Pogo
||Rock-ska band from Duluth, Minnesota.
||Folk/rock with songs that have been compared to Tom Petty, Van Morrison, and the Band.
||Singer/songwriter and rock, metal, and classic rock guitarist.
||Brand of folk that crosses over into rock, country, and blues.
||Rock and blues guitarist/songwriter
||Foot stompin' rock and roll.
||Rock and roll band from Ely, MN playing ock, americana and alternative originals.
|Dave Tak & The Finnbillys
||Kicks like country, jumps like bluegrass, has a rock-n-roll edge and lays on a bed of blues.
||Great classic and new rock and roll.
||Unique blend of folk, pop and rock.
|White Iron Band
||Blend of rock, blues, and outlaw country from Minnesota.
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