Blues and Roots

Blues and The Roots To Modern Day Music

The blues for me is some of the purest music I listen to.
It's a kind of spiritual expression of creativity, a statement of how I'm feeling and what I'm yearning to say.

It's all about 'The Touch' with blues and what notes you don't play.
That may sound a bit crazy but what I'm trying to say is that, you don't have to play as many notes or licks as you possibly can to reach the listener.
Jimi Hendrix said it the best and I quote:



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Some of my favourite blues players of all time can be heard in my playing, and those soulful bends and licks that you hear in my playing.
You see, I'm not just a Singer, Songwriter and Musician, I'm a musical soul and breathe it every minute I'd every day and it oozes from every pore of my body.

Some of my Favourite Quotes about the Blues

The blues tells a story. Every line of the blues has a meaning.

John Lee Hooker


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Thanks for reading, listening and soaking up the blues in this post.
If you're a total newbie to the blues, have a listen to these 3 tracks as your homework task and comment below your thoughts.

  • John Lee Hooker - Hobo Blues
  • Jimi Hendrix - Redhouse
  • BB King - The Thrill is Gone

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Music and Lyrics copyright © 2021 Darren Claxton



I love a kid we used to go to the Albert hall in london every year to see Eric Clapton and he always had some many cool people playing with him!

Cheers man! Really appreciate it!

Nice man. I used to be really big on muddy waters. Also of course hendrix and all those guys. actually it's funny but John Mayer is actually a kick ass blues guitarist (check out continuum).

After a while I got more into stuff like Mingus and Miles Davis and Billie Holiday. Same blues feel, different harmonic flavor. It's all soul though ;)

John Mayer is 100% one of the greats. He just needs to pull back on the ego and just play and sing, I love all his albums they're brilliant.

Hah, agreed on all points

So true. It's hard as a guitarist to shut the hell up and not play, but it's the spaces that make all the difference.