40 Blues Musicians You Should Be Listening To

Name these 40 great blues musicians that you really should be listening to (according to me) based on a description and an album I would recommend, and then go out and find their music!
In no particular order
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Suave, silky-voiced pioneer of electric blues guitar and West Coast blues
The Very Best of _____ ______
T-Bone Walker
Kansas City band of three siblings who won the 2008 International Blues Challenge
May I Be Exused
Trampled Under Foot
Singer, harmonica player, and slide guitarist known for his originality and outspokenness
No Paid Holidays
Watermelon Slim
Big, gruff-voiced Chicago blues singer whose band included guitarist Hubert Sumlin
______ ____/Moanin' in the Moonlight
Howlin' Wolf
High-energy singer and accordion player who infused zydeco with blues, rock, and funk
Give Him Cornbread, Live!
Beau Jocque
Singer and guitarist with a deep, rich voice and a unique sense of rhythm who pionered blues guitar boogie
The Very Best of ____ ___ ______
John Lee Hooker
White Chicago blues harmonica player who debuted in the '60s and is still active
Stand Back! Here Comes _______ ___________'s South Side Band
Charlie Musselwhite
Enigmatic Delta blues guitarist with a falsetto singing style
The Complete Early Recordings of ____ _____
Skip James
West Coast harmonica player who plays with his band the Mighty Flyers
Keepin' It Real
Rod Piazza
Versatile blues and jazz organist and pianist
Live! At the Firefly
Bruce Katz
Underrated guitarist with a mastery of blues-rock techniques
Empty Arms Motel
Jimmy Thackery
One of today's most popular blues-rock guitarists who often wears sunglasses and a suit
Blues Deluxe
Joe Bonamassa
Eleven-piece band fronted by a female singer and her slide-guitar-playing husband
Everybody's Talkin'
Tedeschi Trucks Band
Delta blues guitarist who strongly influenced Robert Johnson and was rediscovered in New York in the 1960's
The Original Delta Blues
Son House
Louisiana guitarist and singer who is a strong advocate for preserving the wetlands
Night Train to Nashville
Tab Benoit
The Iceman; Master of the Telecaster
Ice Pickin'
Albert Collins
Blues harmonica pioneer who played with Muddy Waters and died after a street fight
His Best
Little Walter
Horn-driven band founded in Rhode Island that has featured many of the best blues musicians in the Northeast
45 Live
Roomful of Blues
Guitarist famous for his cheap instruments who inspired Bruce Iglauer to found Alligator Records
Deluxe Edition
Hound Dog Taylor
Chicago harmonica player who helped introduce blues to a white audience with a band featuring guitarist Mike Bloomfield
East-West
Paul Butterfield
Soulful blues guitarist from the Northeast who plays mostly instrumentals
Blues Guitar Virtuoso Live in Europe
Ronnie Earl
Great slide guitarist who was discovered in Como, MS, in 1959
The Best of ___________ ____ ________
Mississippi Fred McDowell
Creative blues singer and guitarist who has explored Delta blues, reggae, hip hop, traditional African music, and more
Greens from the Garden
Corey Harris
Harmonica pioneer from Jackson, TN, who was tragically killed in a mugging at the age of 34
Sugar Mama
Sonny Boy Williamson I
Harmonica player who took his name from ^ while hosting the King Biscuit Time radio show in Helena, AR
The Essential _____ ___ __________
Sonny Boy Williamson II
Legendary and influential Delta blues guitarist who died at age 27
King of the Delta Blues Singers
Robert Johnson
Singer and guitarist born in North Dakota who burst onto the national blues scene in the late '90s while still in his teens
Wander This World
Jonny Lang
Guitarist from Louisiana who also burst onto the scene in the late '90s as a teenager
How I Go
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Great blues singer who plays a guitar named Lucille
Live at the Regal
B.B. King
The greatest Chicago blues guitarist and a master of disonance and dynamics
The Very Best of _____ ___
Buddy Guy
Chicago harmonica player and frequent collaborator with ^
Hoodoo Man Blues
Junior Wells
Chicago blues pianist with a distinctive style who played with Muddy Waters and lived to be 97
After Hours
Pinetop Perkins
Up-and-coming English female blues-rock guitarist and singer
Almost Always Never
Joanne Shaw Taylor
The second-greatest guitarist of all time, a Texas blues guitarist who died tragically in 1990
Live at Montreux: 1982 & 1985
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Texas Cannonball whose big instrumental hit became a blues-rock standard
Ultimate Collection
Freddie King
Left-handed guitarist who played a Flying V and bent notes like no one else
King of the Blues Guitar
Albert King
Chicago blues singer and often the first name that comes to mind when people say the word "blues"
The Definitive Collection
Muddy Waters
Female guitarist and singer from Kansas City who won a Blues Music Award for "Best New Artist Debut" in 2012
Runaway
Samantha Fish
Chicago harmonica player with a beautiful, clear sound and a guitar-playing son named Lurrie
Mellow Down Easy
Carey Bell
Texas guitarist and singer who played mainly solo on both acoustic and electric guitars
The Very Best of ________ _______
Lightnin' Hopkins
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