Who's an "unsung" Blues artist you like?
-ie..great or influential; but generally forgotten./ Old or new?
(mine is Buddy Moss. He spent 1935-'41 in a Georgia prison; after WW II, styles had changed.) Here's his "Hard Road Blues" (thnx.13!)-
@ -Birdy- TD's for Boz Scaggs? At least four people have heard 'Lido Shuffle'... He deserves a lot more recognition for sure. Good new Boz song link. Thanks!
@ Livin' with the law-- John Fahey fer sure! He really had a Bluesman's life. I especially liked his "Railroad(1)" album. Thanks for the answer and link-
@ 13Across- Great link! I noticed these 'Maxwell Street' Dancers have the same moves as West-African tribal dancers I've seen on old films. Now that's the blues! This is my favorite so far. Thanks.
@ TB12 I love Tampa Red's songs. I bet he'd be bigger than Ry Cooder nowdays! Thanks for the link.
@ !!!- Amazing eh? RL was in his 70's until he got major acclaim.. what a cool guy. Thanks.
@ longshot- 'Shakey' Horton (and Little Walter) are my main Harp guys to play to now. I still miss Chris Rea; They should both be famous. Thanks very much for the great answer, and links!
@ Johnny- Great ones. The Jimmy Rogers 'Walking By Myself' is a fav. I like Fuller, White, and Weldon's playing even more now than when I first heard them. Eddie Taylor..(he taught Jimmy Reed how to play!). Will check him out more. Thank-you.
@ Cowboy NATW- Jesse Ed Davis. There's another guy. Apropo songs too. Inspiring! Many thanks.
- longshotsbluesLv 78 years agoFavorite Answer
Walter "Shakey" Horton (1917 – 1981)
And another I cannot let be unspoken because he has been composing his own songs music & lyrically from the late 70s that for whatever reason never really made it big in the states but should have. After a bout with pancreatic cancer (2001) he returned and did an 11 CD blues release (2005) (took a year & a half) as Blue Guitars. "Beginnings", "Country Blues", "Louisiana & New Orleans", "Electric Memphis Blues", "Texas Blues", "Chicago Blues", "Blues Ballads", "Gospel Soul Blues & Motown", "Celtic & Irish Blues", "Latin Blues" and "60s & 70s".
(song is awesome)
- Anonymous5 years ago
There is not any "best", however there are tons of greats. Atomic Mama has a exceptional record, alternatively What listed Rod Piazza who's in most cases a jerk, but remains to be a exceptional harp player, and my brother Conchobor made me go to the storage and pull out some Lightnin' files to hearken to. A observe- I hate to beat a lifeless horse, however ....(for the reason that it comes up on this discussion board continuously) Robert Johnson used to be a quality/influential bluesman, however he didn't /create/invent the blues. Charlie Patton, Tommy Johnson, Son residence, Blind Lemon Jefferson and lots of others were recording blues long earlier than Robert (to not point out Mamie Smith, Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, and all of the different ladies who were doing it FIRST)
- MartinLv 78 years ago
The ironic thing is that almost all blues artists are "un", or "under" sung in terms of the general populace, yet there is hardly a single one that isn't revered, researched, reissued, etc., by blues scholars and enthusiasts.
Two that always come to mind for me are-
Juke Boy Bonner
Both made a big impression on me when I first encountered them many years ago, partly because both were adept at writing topical blues; something not many had done since Charlie Patton. I came to the blues via the 60s folk revival, and have always been interested in topical song.
- JohnnyLv 58 years ago
Jimmy Rogers http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qhjDXXEcocg
Blind Boy Fuller http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hJYvAVhSIMg
Bukka White http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6TAt-2bYE0
Casey Bill Weldon http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=E9vhFJcUG4I
Eddie Taylor http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fEmbWFHmTiY
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- Anonymous8 years ago
Jewell "Babe" Stovall. He settled in New Orleans. As a teen, I would stop in Jackson Square every Saturday to hear him play his battered National Steel Standard.
- 8 years ago
That's a fine song right there Mrtyn, thanks.
Ima goin with John Fahey. Not strictly a Blues artist, but he got some real nice stuff now.
- 8 years ago
Jesse Ed Davis
- !!!Lv 78 years ago
R.L.Burnside...It's Bad You Know.