Blues has many styles, and each has artists that made them popular. If you are a fan Blues, this list of different styles will help you figure out what specific Blues CD you are actually looking for.


The Different Styles of Blues Music

During the Great Depression in the 1920s, Blues was introduced by African American musicians who endured the era. Its concept stemmed from field crop workers that worked in the plantations of the rural Mississippi. It is not only one of the most listened genres but it has also made contributions to the development of many musical genres like Jazz, Rock, and Country music. Also, it comes with different styles that are associated with the regions in the United States.

Delta Blues

Originated in the Mississippi Delta, many Delta Blues guitarists like Charley Patton and Robert Johnson lived in the area and worked as cotton farmers and croppers on the plantations that stood there. Commonly referred to as Country Blues, Delta Blues involves vocals, acoustic, and raw sound. When you hear Country Blues, you may think that it’s only performed by one man playing guitar. But, actually, there are other musicians playing different instruments like harmonica, piano, and others alongside the vocalist when the tracks are recorded. Delta Blues is the earliest style of blues with its first track recorded in the 1920’s. It reached its peak in the following years until the 1930’s. The first Delta Blues music was recorded in the 1920’s, reached its peak in the following years until the 1930’s. This subgenre of Blues still made it to this present day as modern Country Blues with guitarists like Keb Mo, Correy Harris, R.L Burnside, and many others.

Chicago Blues

Between the 1920s and 1940s, most of the black population moved north to big cities like Chicago to seek greener pastures. Along with their dreams of fulfilling a better life, they brought the music with them. Since many clubs in Chicago were looking for musicians to keep everyone entertained, Delta musicians took the opportunity and popularized a different style of Blues which is called Chicago Blues. Chicago Blues is an electrified version of Delta Blues played using vocals, electric guitar, piano, and drums. This style of Blues exhibits a rowdy yet sophisticated sound due to its jazz influence. Popular Chicago Blues musicians include Muddy Waters, Jimmy Rogers, Mike Bloomfield, and Otis Rush.

Memphis Blues

Apart from people who lived in Mississippi Delta, people from Memphis were among the migrants who moved to Chicago during the Great Migration in the 1930s. They also took with them many musical styles including Jug Band, Vaudeville, Country, and Blues. When Memphis Blues arrived, it adapted the Jazz style that was already popular in Chicago. It became very popular in Chicago since many people liked it. Among the favorite Memphis Blues artists include Beal Street Blues Boy (widely known as B.B King), Ike Turner, Howlin’ Wolf, and Sonny Boy Williamson.

Texas Blues

Although Texas Blues is greatly influenced by Chicago Blues, it includes jazz and pre-war and post-war Blues which makes it unique. When you listen to Texas Blues music, the guitar appears to be the prominent instrument. Though, sometimes, drums, horns, and keyboards are incorporated to the mix. Not to mention, this particular style exudes attitude and energy brought by an electric guitar. When it comes to popular artists that embraced this genre, the first name that comes to mind is Stevie Ray Vaughan. Among Vaughan’s greatest Texas Blues hits include “Pride and Joy”, “Texas Flood”, and a lot more.

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