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Independent Blues Music

The blues is a musical style created in response to the hardships endured by generations of African American people. It originated in the rural Mississippi Delta region at the beginning of the 20th century when southern African-Americans spirituals and worksongs collided with American folk and country from the Appalachians. Descended from earlier work shouts (arhoolies), blues is primarily a vocal narrative style featuring solo voice with instrumental accompaniment. Blues has contributed significantly to the development of jazz, rock music, and country and western music. At its core, the blues has remained the same since its inception. Most blues feature simple, usually three-chord, progressions and have simple structures that are open to endless improvisations, both lyrical and musical.



Bob Bingham

Acoustic country blues.

Blew Munday

Blues group fronted by Jim Miller.

Eddie Jeff Cahill

Blend of renaissance, folk and blues.

Eva Cassidy

Eclectic artist performing folk, blues, gospel, jazz, R&B, and pop/rock.

de Elliot Brothers

Jugband blues, ragtime, folk, and humorous Northland songs.

George Faber

Midwestern blues ace harp player.

Ben Glaros

Blues, surf and pop guitarist.

Gaskins N' Gunner

A blend of blues and rock with a country flavor splashed in for fun.

Laura Gauthier

A blend of folk, rhythm and blues, jazz, pop, retro rock and blues.

Erik Koskinen

Smokin' guitarist that has been playing and recording his own style of roots-rockin' blues and American music since he was 14 years old.

Tim Lake

An eclectic mix of bluegrass, jazz, and blues.

Jim Miller

Singer, songwriter, guitarist, fiddler, harmonicist, interpreter of traditional blues, bluegrass, folk, country and other ethnic flavored genres.


Blues and jazz.

Kim Rose

Brand of folk that crosses over into rock, country, and blues.

Ellsworth Rosser

Rock and blues guitarist/songwriter

Big John Shearer

Great Blues from North Carolina.

White Iron Band

Blend of rock, blues, and outlaw country from Minnesota.

Blues styles include but are not limited to Chicago Blues (Junior Wells, Sonny Boy Williamson, Willie Dixon, Muddy Waters), Country Blues (Lightnin' Hopkins, Scrapper Blackwell, Big Bill Broonzy, Mississippi Fred McDowell), Louisiana Blues (Champion Jack Dupree, Lonesome Sundown, Slim Harpo, Lightnin' Slim), Texas Blues (Bobby "Blue" Bland, Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown, Albert Collins, Lightnin' Hopkins, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Freddie King , Stevie Ray Vaughan), and Jump/Piano Blues (Ray Charles, Johnny Otis, Big Joe Turner, Floyd Dickson, Jimmy Witherspoon).

Independent Music From Independent Bands and Musicians

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