Blues Bands: Iconic Musical Influences

Written by on May 6, 2015

Blues Band

What Makes a Blues Band?

That soothing, foot tapping, finger snapping melody washing over a crowd has an effect incomparable to many others; it may be difficult at times to define what type of music has these qualities inherently.  The answer: The Blues.  A blues band has the ability to mellow out a crowd through the use of chord progression and a call and response pattern.  Blues music got its start near the end of the 19th century in the south fusing traditional African music with European folk music, including a consistent bass that reinforces the trance-like rhythm.  Modern blues music has taken many forms, such as electric blues or blues rock.  Each of these variations takes parts from the root of blues culture and incorporates them into other genres of music.

Blues bands consisted of what most bands did; a lead singer, possibly a backup vocalist, a couple guitars, a bass, a keyboard, drums, and a Harmonica or Harp as the bluesmen call them, although depending on the band the instruments will vary.  Some famous blues musicians such as Ray Charles simply used a piano and his voice to create the melodic tones of his soulful blues.  It is not possible to clearly identify what makes a blues group, but the musical product that they produce is likely a rhythmic masterpiece with a subtle style.

Blues music has a rich history in America, and has its roots throughout the nation.  From Detroit, to Chicago, to Kansas City, the spread of blues came about like a wildfire through the 20th century, particularly after World War II.  Prior to the 1960’s blues bands were primarily supported by African-American fans, until the rise of a Chicago based artist named Paul Butterfield and his band started to gain support from white Americans.  The introduction of British blues also attracted more white Americans to the forefront of blues music.

What was once a simple chord progression and a constant bass flourished into an international style of music in which each band and area had its’ own influence.  The ability of blues music to bring such a wide audience together through heartfelt lyrics and calmly powerful xmelodies is a rare trait that few music genres can claim.  With such a prominent history and development in America, blues music is a part of our roots and should be celebrated for its lasting impression made on the music industry.  With legends like B.B. King, Albert King, Freddy King, Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Howlin Wolf, Little Walter plus many many more!  The history of blues groups is just as interesting as the sound. To listen to this iconic musical style tune into Deep Jams dot Net Radio…

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