The Nazz are Blue: Todd Rundgren’s Top Five Blues Albums

Guitarist Todd Rundgren – the former Nazz and Utopia frontman – recently unleashed Todd Rundgren’s Johnson, an album featuring rocking interpretations of 12 iconic tunes by Robert Johnson, the legendary Delta bluesman.

The album also serves as a tribute to big-ticket 1960s guitarists – from England and the United States – who were inspired by Johnson’s music, including Eric Clapton and Michael Bloomfield. This can be heard in the album’s Cream-style arrangements and its crisp, overdriven tones reminiscent of the classic Bluesbreakers albums of the Clapton, Peter Green and Mick Taylor eras.

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Damian Fanelli
Editor-in-Chief, Guitar World

Damian is Editor-in-Chief of Guitar World magazine. In past lives, he was GW’s managing editor and online managing editor. He's written liner notes for major-label releases, including Stevie Ray Vaughan's 'The Complete Epic Recordings Collection' (Sony Legacy) and has interviewed everyone from Yngwie Malmsteen to Kevin Bacon (with a few memorable Eric Clapton chats thrown into the mix). Damian, a former member of Brooklyn's The Gas House Gorillas, was the sole guitarist in Mister Neutron, a trio that toured the U.S. and released three albums. He now plays in two NYC-area bands.