What is Electric Blues Music
Electric Blues music, as you might have guessed, is blues music which is distinguished from other forms of blues (there are a few of them you know) because it uses guitar amplifiers, as well as amplifying the bass guitar and drums and very often the harmonica. Electric blue music emerged in Chicago during the 1940’s, and was adopted in much of the British blues music which became so popular in the 1960’s. I suppose you could say that electric blues music was the fore-runner of blues-rock, which was the fore-runner of rock music. It’s still a major musical style to this very day.
Representative Electric Blues Musicians
The “daddy” of electric blues music is thought by many to be T-Bone Walker, who was born in Texas but moved to L.A. early in the 1940’s to record. His style of music was blues with a little bit of jazz and R&B. During the 1940’s there were lots of musicians in Chicago who were also amplifying their music (I suppose it was so that people could actually hear them over the noise of their parties) – Johnny Shines and John Lee Williamson to name but a couple. Others include Snooky Pryor (what a great name), Floyd Jones and Johnny Young. Later in the 20th century Stevie Ray Vaughan became extremely prominent, and is probably one of the most famous of his generation of electric blues musicians.
The fabulous T-Bone Walker – he sure is . . .
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