We have compiled a list of some of the most influential Modern Blues albums. We feel that it is important for guitarists to listen to outstanding blues guitar players. We can learn many things from listening to these albums. Check them out! Feel free to add your own list of blues albums.
10. Oli Brown-Open Road
9. Matt Schofield- Heads,Tails & Aces
8. King King-Standing In The Shadows
7. Ben Poole-Live At Royal Albert Hall
6. Lurrie Bell-Blues In My Soul
5. Tedeschi Trucks Band-Made Up Mind
4. Sonny Landreth- Bound By The Blues
3. Albert Cummings-Someone Like You
2. Joe Bonamassa-Muddy Wolf At Red Rocks(Live)
1. Kenny Wayne Shepherd-Going Home
Each of these Blues albums provide plenty of examples of how to play blues guitar. If you can figure out riffs and chords by ear then go right ahead. This is a good guide on how the blues should be played. Kenny Wayne Shepherds album “Going Home” is a great tribute to classic Blues songs. Matt Schofield has a very unique style. His melodies are very interesting,almost jazzy. Sonny Landreth and The Tedeschi Trucks Band have some great slide guitar solos. Joe Bonamassa’s tribute to Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf are amazing. If you don’t own any Bonamassa albums you need to buy some.
I wrote a post on 3 techniques to use when learning lead guitar. These same techniques are very useful when listening to new albums.
- Listen-Really listen to the music that is being played in these albums. it will help to “tune” your ears.
- Repetition- replaying and listening to these albums will help develop your style.
- Learn- Guitarists will be able to learn from modern blues players when they listen to their albums.
You can listen and try to establish the key of these blues songs and “jam” with the albums or songs as well. this has helped me to create my own Blues style.
Enjoy These awesome modern Blues albums! Keep the Blues alive!