Newer Blues Artists or Recordings

Any suggestions for new’ish blues artists and/or recordings you have discovered and enjoyed over the past few years? Please include all types of blues music and artists - traditional blues, southern rock/blues (e.g., Allman Bros., etc.), blues/soul, slower blues (i.e., good for background music while working), and cross-overs such as blues recordings by well-known rock or popular artists such as Boz Scaggs, Robin Trower, Eric Clapton, and others. Let’s help each other discover new blues music.

I will start with a couple of newer, young artists that I enjoy...

  • Marcus King (try, Carolina Confessions or El Dorado)
  • Christone "Kingfish" Ingram (try, Live in London)

Might want to take a listen to the Teskey Brothers.

nice bluesy Motown vibe to their music. 


For some Chicago-style electric blues/jump blues with terrific slide guitar check out:

Lil' Ed and the Blues Imperials, "Roughousin'", "What You See is What You Get", "Jump Start".

A great band to see live as well. I've seen them three times and they are terrific. Lil' Ed learned his style from his uncle, J.B. Hutto. Or at least that is what he told me after he stole my seat the bar (The Music Box) one freezing late night in Cleveland.

For some electric/swing/jump blues check out Big Joe and the Dynaflows ... "Layin' in the Alley", "I'm Still Swingin'".

And for some traditional/Delta/acoustic blues, check out Rory Block. IMO, the best acoustic blues guitar player alive, and with an angelic voice to boot. To start with, check out, "High Heeled Blues", "Last Fair Deal", and "When a Woman Gets the Blues". Some of her releases, such as "Tornado", while good music and a few blues tracks, can be more adult pop than blues. She is a national treasure.

Not new but I  have a Mighty Sam McClain "Keep on Moving"  this. Was on an audiophile record label, but I can't remember.  Soulful, tuneful and dynamicly recorded.  May not be a mixdown.

Great suggestions above. Been a long time blues fan after spending some years in Chicago clubs. Here are some you might check out

Melvyn Taylor “Plays The Blues For You” -great pressing electric chicago blues

Lucky Peterson “Just Warming Up” - outstanding final lp right before his untimely death. Electric.Highly Recommended 

Artist who have large excellent discography both electric and acoustic:

Luther Allison (“Hand me down my moonshine” (acoustic) Soul Fixin Man (electric), Buddy Guy, Johnny Winter, Mayhall, Robert Cray and Muddy of course but most not new per se.

English Blues/blues rock: Rory Gallagher, First couple Climax Blues Band lp’s, Gary Moore, Kim Simmons and Savoy Brown (sad loss too)

Newer Artists to check out: Selwyn Birchwood, Kingfish as you noted, 

As Buddy says…”If you ain’t had the blues …just wait”