Blues Music Genres Family Tree

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The Blues Sub-Genres

Country Blues

A raw, acoustic form of blues that originated in the rural South.

Bands: Robert Johnson, Son House.

Delta Blues

Originated in the Mississippi Delta, characterized by emotional intensity and slide guitar.

Bands: Charley Patton, Muddy Waters.

Piedmont Blues

Known for its ragtime-based fingerpicking guitar style.

Bands: Blind Willie McTell, Rev. Gary Davis.

Blues (electric)

Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1870s by African Americans from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, and spirituals.

Bands: Leadbelly, Robert Johnson, Bessie Smith

Chicago Blues

Urban blues style featuring electric guitar and harmonica, evolved in Chicago.

Bands: Howlin Wolf, Willie Dixon.

West Coast Blues

A smoother, jazz-influenced style that emerged in California.

Bands: T-Bone Walker, Charles Brown.

Electric Blues

Blues amplified with electric instruments, blending traditional blues with rock elements.

Bands: B.B. King, Buddy Guy.

Blues Rock

A hybrid of blues and rock, which brought blues to a wider audience.

Bands: Eric Clapton, The Rolling Stones.

1980s Revival

A resurgence of blues interest, focusing on both new and traditional styles.

Bands: Joe Bonamassa, Beth Hart, Derek Trucks.

Texas Blues

A style blending swing, blues, and jazz influences.

Bands: Stevie Ray Vaughan, ZZ Top

Contemporary Blues

Modern blues artists infusing new energy and styles into traditional blues.

Bands: Samantha Fish, Larkin Poe, Ally Venable.

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