Best of Blues Music 2017

Best of Blues Music 2017



Blues is a music genre[2] and musical form originated by African Americans in the Deep South of the United States around the end of the 19th century. The genre developed from roots in African musical traditions, African-American work songs, spirituals, and the folk music of white Americans of European heritage.[1] Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads.[3] The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or "worried notes"), usually thirds or fifths flattened in pitch, are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.

Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times. It was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the AAB pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, and then a longer concluding line over the last bars. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the racial discrimination and other challenges experienced by African-Americans.

Many elements, such as the call-and-response format and the use of blue notes, can be traced back to the music of Africa. The origins of the blues are also closely related to the religious music of the Afro-American community, the spirituals. The first appearance of the blues is often dated to after the ending of slavery and, later, the development of juke joints. It is associated with the newly acquired freedom of the former slaves. Chroniclers began to report about blues music at the dawn of the 20th century. The first publication of blues sheet music was in 1908. Blues has since evolved from unaccompanied vocal music and oral traditions of slaves into a wide variety of styles and subgenres. Blues subgenres include country blues, such as Delta blues and Piedmont blues, as well as urban blues styles such as Chicago blues and West Coast blues. World War II marked the transition from acoustic to electric blues and the progressive opening of blues music to a wider audience, especially white listeners. In the 1960s and 1970s, a hybrid form called blues rock developed, which blended blues styles with rock music.

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Peach is an album by musical group Larkin Poe, released on September 29, 2017.
Pretty Good for a Girl
Pretty Good for a Girl is a song by Mindi Abair And The Boneshakers, released on September 15, 2017.
We're All In This Together
We're All In This Together is an album by musical artist Walter Trout, released on August 25, 2017.
Cannonball is a song by musical artist ZZ Ward, released on June 30, 2017.

Photos - Best of Blues Music 2017400

Top 10 Albums of 201710

Top 10 Songs of 201710

Albums Released this Year31

Artists With New Releases This Year30

Chart-Topping Artists39

Top Albums by Chart-Topping Artists56

Top Songs by Chart-Topping Artists45

Best Reviewed Albums9

Best Reviewed Artists7

Award Winners14

Top Albums by Award Winners13

Top Songs by Award Winners8

Up & Coming Artists5

Top Albums by Up & Coming Artists4

Top Songs by Up & Coming Artists4

Artists on Tour60

Popular Music Festivals30

Popular Record Labels12


Spotify - Featured Albums & Singles162


Spotify - Featured Tracks67


News Articles7

Wish You Were Here brings back Pink Floyd, Anthony Gomes delivers the blues: Also Playing
  –  January 3, 2018
CLEVELAND, Ohio - The new year gets off to a colorful start with the music of Pink ... several nominations for Blues Rock Album of the Year.'' Thirteen Cadillacs opens. This is the rescheduled date for Gomes' postponed Oct. 11, 2017, gig, so tickets ...
Live music in Fort Myers and Cape Coral: Moody Blues, Air Supply, In This Moment and more
  –  January 3, 2018
Jan. 12: Sheena Brook, local country singer-songwriter who competed in March 2017 on “The Voice ... WGCU’s annual music fest focuses on bands that use stringed instruments to play jazz, blues, soul, hip-hop, rock, classical, pop and more.
River City Ohio Blues Competition seeks acts
  –  January 2, 2018
MARIETTA — The Blues, Jazz and Folk Music Society will host its 26th annual River City ... Competition was L’il Red and Rooster from France and Columbus, Ohio. The 2017 River City Ohio Blues Competition winners were the Gough-Martin Blues Band from ...
Ransom Middle’s Powell Named Blues Angel Music Educator Of The Year
  –  December 27, 2017
Katherine Powell of Ransom Middle School in Cantonment has been named the Blues Angel Music Foundation 2017 Music Educator of the Year for Escambia County. Powell is the choir director at Ransom. Throughout the year, she has worked to grow and improve the ...
Uptown Music Collective students International Blues Showcase in Memphis
  –  December 14, 2017
Formed in the summer of 2016, the group has performed at festivals and venues throughout North-central Pennsylvania, specializing in traditional and modern female-fronted blues music. The band opened the highly respected 2017 Billtown Blues Festival.
How blues music influenced the world
  –  December 8, 2017
That's the blues with a french twist. On Friday, WREG's Alex Coleman and Markova Reed talked with Sebastian Danchin, a blues historian and author, and Mathas, a blues musician, about how our music here in Memphis has an international influence.
Local music spotlight with the award-winning blues man Doug MacLeod on Coast Live
  –  October 6, 2017
HAMPTON ROADS, Va - Doug MacLeod is a multiple Blues Music Award winner, most recently the 2017 Blues Music Award for Acoustic Artist Of The Year and the Blues Blast Music Award for Male Artist Of The Year. He joins us on Coast Live to play a song from ...


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