“So well-versed in the art of blues that B.B. King said ‘he was like another one of my sons’”: 12 blues guitar albums that chart the genre – and the instrument’s – evolution

Albert Collins, John Lee Hooker, Eric Gales
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Caught the blues guitar bug bad but not sure what to listen to next? We’ve got you covered with 12 of the best albums from some of the greatest players to pick up the guitar.

But the following albums aren’t just a Best of the Blues kind of deal… No, we wanted to chart the evolution of the style, from where it started to how today’s players are reshaping it in real time.

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Ellie Rogers

Since graduating university with a degree in English, Ellie has spent the last decade working in a variety of media, marketing and live events roles. As well as being a regular contributor to Total Guitar, MusicRadar and GuitarWorld.com, she currently heads up the marketing team of a mid-scale venue in the south-west of England. She started dabbling with guitars around the age of seven and has been borderline obsessed ever since. She has a particular fascination with alternate tunings, is forever hunting for the perfect slide for the smaller-handed guitarist, and derives a sadistic pleasure from bothering her drummer mates with a preference for “f**king wonky” time signatures.