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pollux asked in Entertainment & MusicMusic · 1 decade ago

What are all the Blues-music sub-genres?

I'm aware of the following sub-generes/categories of Blues music: Delta, Chicago, Country, Electric, Acoustic, Urban (I don't even know what "Urban" blues are). What other ones are there?


Robert B: Thanks. I would be very greatfull if you would cite examples for each of the subgenres you listed or even just some of them.

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  • pepper
    Lv 7
    1 decade ago
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    Urban Blues - The first blues recordings from the 1920s were in two categories: a traditional, rural country blues and more polished 'city' or urban blues.

    It's like gremlins - someone fed them after midnight and look what happened ....

    Acid Blues (Jimi Hendrix, SRV)

    Modern Electric Blues (Eric Johnson, Bocca, Woodleg Odd)

    Blues-rock (Jeff beck, Eric Clapton, Robin Trower)

    Blues shouter (Big Joe Turner, Jimmy Witherspoon)

    British blues (John Mayall, Chicken Shack)

    Canadian blues (Jeff Healey Band, Sue Foley)

    Chicago blues (Muddy Waters, Earl Hooker)

    Classic female blues (Sippie Wallace, Ma Rainey)

    Country blues (Blind Blake, Son House, Brownie McGhee)

    Delta blues (Snooky Pryor, Robert Johnson)

    Detroit blues (John Lee Hooker, Eddie Burns)

    Hokum blues (Tampa Red and Georgia Tom, Robert Johnson)

    Jazz blues

    Jump blues (LaVern Baker, Jimmy Nelson)

    Kansas City blues (Count Basie, Charlie Parker)

    Swamp (Louisiana) blues (Katie Webster, Marcia Ball, Roscoe Chenier)

    Memphis blues (Howlin' Wolf, Furry Lewis)

    Piano (ragtime?) blues (Dr John, Ray Charles, Pinetop Perkins)

    Piedmont blues (Sonny Terry, Blind Willie McTell)

    Soul blues (Solomon Burke, Wilson Pickett, Johnnie Taylor)

    St. Louis blues (Robert Lockwood, Albert King)

    Texas blues (Kenny Wayne Sheppard, SRV)

    West Coast blues (Charles Brown, Lowell Fulson, Ivory Joe Hunter)

    Acoustic Blues (Mose Allison, Barbeque Bob)

    Gospel Blues (Reverend Gary Davis, Blind Willie Johnson)

    African Blues (Ali Farke Toure, Maiuko)

    Lotta crossover - Too many "sub genres"!

    I would not, however, call Zydeco or Cajun music Blues. There's swamp blues, but... Zydeco is Zydeco - not blues! Creole or Cajun Folk, perhaps. Buckwheat Zydeco, Clifton Chernier, Chubby Carrier. Mix blues with Zydeco and you get Sunpie (and the Louisiana Sunspots).

    Mind boggling!

    I started to answer this question and then got absolutely cross-eyed as it grew. And sad, because I just discovered Ali Farke Toure passed away last year, so I'm off to listen to his CDs.

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  • 1 decade ago

    Texas Swing blues, Memphis Blues, St Louis Blues, Streetcorner, Boogie, Mississippi Blues, Jump Blues, Walking Blues,

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  • Anonymous
    4 years ago

    For the best answers, search on this site

    Blues. Artist: Muddy Waters...who was a huge influence on so many bands...rock, blues, country. As for my favorite artist to listen to, and see perform live, it has to be the 1 and only Buddy Guy. Have a great day Harvey (( ))

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  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    zydeco or cajun, R&B (lame i know), well just about anything. i'm a huge jazz fan, and i know that jazz comes from blues--why, because every genre gets their roots from blues. classical aside, modern (or western) music as we know it spawned from blues. good question though, i don't know how many response you will get around here though

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