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Questions tagged [blues]

For questions about the genre known as "blues", characterised by chord progressions that mirror the call-and-response pattern.

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What are the origins of the 12-bar blues?

The 12-bar blues is one of the most pervasive musical forms in Western music. For those who don't play, the symbols above are the chords played in each of 12 bars. Examples are Sweet Home Chicago, ...
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How can the blues be linked to hip hop / rap music?

I've seen / read many things about black music, especially the Negro spiritual, blues, rhythm'n'blues, rock'n'roll, etc. And 99% of what I've heard or read says that the rap music descends from blues,...
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When was blues first called “the Devil's music”?

From Robert Johnson's alleged deal at a Mississippi crossroads, to use of the Diabolus in Musica, to tales of drinking and midnight creepin'... the darkness in the blues is there for all to see. But ...
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Sounds like bass vibes - acoustic guitar magic?!? What instrument makes this sound?

In this recording of "Come On In This House" by Junior Wells from 1996, there is a low, rumbling sound and I'm wondering what instrument makes it. It sounds almost like vibes but there are no vibes ...
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Why does Led Zeppelin have such a significant place in the rock'n'roll pantheon? [closed]

Led Zeppelin is widely considered to be one of the greatest ever rock'n'roll bands. But it is well known that they stole a lot of material from older acts, particularly black American blues musicians,...
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About Guitar Moves with Keith Richards: “There's Two Sides to Every Story”

In this interview of Keith Richards titled Guitar Moves With Keith Richards: "There's Two Sides To Every Story" (Part 1), what did Keith mean when he said "igo", showing the simplest trick of Jimmy ...
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Mods vs Rockers - who won?

I've heard a lot about Mods vs Rockers in the '60s. But can either side reasonably claim to have 'won', either overall or in any of the significant individual 'battles', e.g. the 'Battle of Brighton'?
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What acts play somber, soulful blues like Cassandra Wilson's cover of “Death Letter Blues” (True Detective season 3 theme)?

Cassandra Wilson is mostly a jazz musician, but recorded a cover of "Death Letter Blues" (used as the theme song for True Detective season 3) that -- unlike Son House's original -- is rich with a ...
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Who is Sister Irene in “Going Down” by Freddie King?

I'm working on Going Down by Freddie King and I don't understand the reference of this sentence: I'm going back to Chattanooga and sleep on sister Irene's porch I can't find any reference from my ...
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Why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton?

I am confused as to why John Mayer is not considered par with other guitarists like BB King, Eric Clapton, etc. when he can and produces so difficult songs to play even for advanced level guitarists ...
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Blues and “big-legged women”

Several blues and rock songs refer to “big-legged” women, like Led Zeppelin’s “Black Dog”: I don’t know, but I’ve been told A big-legged woman ain’t got no soul and Albert King’s “Born Under a ...
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Genre of ADAM - Люба song (Ukrainian)

I really want to find similar music to this song by a Ukrainian artist, ADAM Люба: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fATwIZIx-I What is the name of this music genre? EDIT 1: Lyrics in this song are ...
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What is the longest recorded version of “Freebird”, by Lynyrd Skynyrd

Being a keen guitarist, I have collected quite a number of versions of "Freebird", by Lynyrd Skynyrd, and the longest being around 9 minutes long. I'm pretty sure I remember hearing a much longer one ...
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What are the nights in the Eric Clapton's 24 nights album?

My favorite Eric Clapton's album is the 24 nights. I wonder what specifically the 24 nights are? I know some of them, say blues nights or orchestra nights.
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Second vocalist on John Lee Hooker's “Guitar Lovin' Man”

Does anyone know who's the guy singing "So sorry, so sorry boy, you don't rule this steer no more..." in the song Guitar Lovin' Man by John Lee Hooker?
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Funk Bass Figures

So I was listening to a relatively obscure hit from New Brunswick made in 1965. The one thing I noticed about the song was that while it was clearly rock, the bassline was funky. As in, the bassline,...
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Johnny Winter on Muddy Waters Mannish Boy?

I am currently listening to Johnny Winter, Muddy Waters and B.B. King. I know, that these guys play very often together. The last LP I was listening to was Muddy Waters - Hard Again from 1977. The ...
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Does anyone know this boogie-woogie?

have someone ever heard this song? I recorded from the tv. This is the only part i've got: http://collerblade.pe.hu/short_blues.mp3
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Suggest some peaceful songs similar to the ones below

Please suggest some peaceful songs like the following: Rihanna - Stay Rihanna - Close to you Labrinth - Jealous Gallant x Sufjan Stevens - Blue Bucket of Gold
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Is the “What's With Andy” song “Kindergarten Blues” based on a real classic blues song?

I remember seeing this episode when I was growing up and after some searching I found it on youtube. Is this song based on a classic one?
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What is Jimmy Rushing saying and meaning in Berkeley Campus Blues?

Here is the link to the song Berkeley Campus Blues by Jimmy Rushing: http://youtu.be/epA55odxsVw From 0:30 to 0:40, the lyrics go as follows: I'm gonna be that kind of cat that (unintelligible to ...
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What style is this Louis Armstrong song?

Here is the link to the song S.O.L Blues by Louis Armstrong and his hot seven. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OYjw0-4htZI It is from 1927. What style of Jazz is this? Dixieland? Or just Blues?
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On lyrics of a Big Joe Turner song

Im trying to understand what is Big Joe Turner saying on blues on central avenue from 0:50 to 1:15. Here is the link: http://youtu.be/kOhxZ78p-rE This is what I hear: never had so much **** ...
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Coleman Hawkins and Mamie Smith

I've been listening to the 1966 album Wrapped Tight by Coleman Hawkins. After reading its Wikipedia entry, Scott Yanow mentions the following about the album: Hawkins's last strong recording finds ...
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Is this song swing?

Here is a song by Benny Carter, which I believe is originally from Duke Ellington: things aint what they used to be What is the style of this song? Is it swing?
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Trying to understand the different styles of blues

Usually, I hear the terms Chicago blues and electric blues being used to identify the same style of blues. Is this correct? Or, is there an actual difference between these two sub genres? If so, how ...
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Question about lyrics of a A. C. Reed song

During 1:33-1:40 in the song help me spending my gold, what is ac reed singing? Is he saying where Im all dressed up and I aint got no place to go ? Here is the link to the song: http://youtu.be/...
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Main difference between Soul/Funk/R&B

Why every time I search for albums on Funk or Soul, for example in music apple, most of the albums that are supposed to be funk as labeled as soul/R&B?? What makes these three genres different? ...
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What is Luther Allison saying on a fragment of the song, “Nobody But You.”

http://youtu.be/GuP36qwe91Q Here is a link to the song nobody but you by Luther Allison. At 2:00 to 2:08, what is he saying? I can hear that he says: sweet little angel say that you done me wrong ...
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Who recorded Rusty Dusty Blues for the first time?

The song Rusty Dusty Blues has been sung by many blues musicians. For example, BB King has recorded this song. I also have Jimmy Rushing (with Count Basie Orchestra) version from 1943, I believe. I ...
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What year was “Dont play me cheap” by Louis Armstrong recorded?

Here is a link to the song Don't play me cheap by Louis Armstrong: http://youtu.be/pMgEgTZ503M What year was this song recorded, and what Jazz style is it? Is it Swing? Or, is it before the swing ...
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What does Son House mean when he refers to “jumping” with regard to the blues?

Here is a link to a three-minute clip from a documentary from the 1965 Newport Folk Festival where the blues singer and guitarist Son House talks about the nature of the blues. Here is the URL to the ...
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Is this song blues or swing?

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9BAHaptPAvI This song is "The Blues done come back" by Count Basie Orchestra. Is this style swing, blues or jazz? As the link describes, this song is from 1953. Was ...
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Musical difference between “Chicago blues” and “Detroit blues”

When hearing a song for the first time, how can I tell whether it is Chicago blues or Detroit blues? Chicago blues and Detroit blues each have their own article on Wikipedia, the latter saying that ...