Here is a list of the best-blued artists throughout the years. If you have heard them all then consider yourself lucky to have enjoyed the classics. If not, you can still check out their best works now and find out why they deserve the title of the best blues artists.
Robert Johnson was an American singer, songwriter, and musician. His milestones were inspirations for the next generations of musicians. His best works were released in 1936 and 1937 which involved a combination of singing, guitar skills and good lyrics.
B.B. King is definitely the greatest blues electric guitarist who is world-famous for his works. He unique guitar skills and vocals made him the most wanted by labels when he was only becoming popular. He was also a songwriter and a record producer.
Howlin’ Wolf had the voice that people say was only made for blues. Not only was he an idol in blues but was also an inspiration in other genres like rock and roll. He was a talented musician which a golden voice that makes him one of the best even today.
McKinley Morganfield a.k.a. Muddy Waters was an American musician who is known as the father of modern Chicago blues. He lived in the same era of B.B. King and shared the same honour as him. His style is still followed in many genres of music.
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Stephen “Stevie” Ray Vaughan was an American songwriter, musician, vocalist, and record producer. Despite having a short career of 7 years, he is considered one of the most influential guitarists who contributed to bringing back the craze for blues.
Eric Patrick Clapton was an English rock and blues guitarist who is the only three times inducted Rock and Roll Hall of Fame guitarists of all time. He has been a member of Yardbirds, Cream, Derek, and the Dominos.
Bessie Smith is the most mentioned female blues singer in history. She is an inspiration for many other female singers who followed her footsteps. She is known as the empress of the blues. Her powerful voice set a mark for jazz and blues singers of her time.
Buddy Guy started his career as a house guitarist at Chess Records and also played with the likes of Muddy Waters and Junior Wells. His works influenced many other artists of his time, including Eric Clapton, Stevie Ray Vaughan, and Jimmy Page. Buddy Guy is the only greatest proponent of the old school who is alive today at the age of 83.
Bonnie Raitt is an inspiring slide guitarist and songwriter who became popular in the ’70s as the queen of modern female blues singers. She has advocated blues music and its musicians tirelessly to set a higher standard for upcoming artists, both male and female.