Blues rock is a subgenre of rock which developed in the late-1960s and which emphasizes the traditional, three-chord blues song and instrumental improvisation. The first original blues rock artists such as Cream, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Canned Heat actually borrowed the idea of combining an instrumental combo with loud amplification from rock and roll, and also attempted to play long, involved improvisations which were commonplace on jazz records and live blues shows.
Combining bluesy improvs over traditional 12-bar blues, blues rock bands are some of the most important bands in music history. The best blues rock bands are oftentimes - and rightfully so - considered some of the greatest rock bands of all time.
So, in an attempt to do the world a solid, we've compiled this list of five blues-based rock bands that say "I am a person of taste and refinement," not "I have an NPR membership, drive a hybrid and practice attachment parenting."
Though much early rock & roll was based in the blues, Blues-Rock didn't fully develop into a subgenre until the late-'60s. Blues-rock emphasized two specific things -- the traditional, three-chord blues song and instrumental improvisation.
"Hey Joe" by The Jimi Hendrix Experience (1966)
The group was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1992.
Our sister blog, West Coast Sound, has caught a lot of shit lately for their disdain for neo-blues rockers The Black Keys. Just remember we're only critics, and opinions are just opinions. Nicholas Pell even offered up some alternative blues bands for you to dig.
Featured blues and rock artists on bluesrocklegends.com
Stevie Ray Vaughan live at the Montreux 1985.
Vaughan was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2000, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2015.