Blues music is still the most underappreciated genre. Not a lot of people listen to it anymore. I’ve listened to blues music all my life. It’s one of my favorite genres other than rock n’ roll and metal. A lot of people accuse blues guitarists of “noodling” but not really. What you can’t seem to remember is that blues music is the roots of all music. All the music that you listen to out there whether it’s rock n’ roll, metal, country or even pop music all of it is blues inspired.
As a matter of fact, metal is where it came from. Metal came from the blues. When Black Sabbath invented what they called back then “heavy metal”…Tony Iommi inspired the genre ’cause he listened to a lot of blues music. Tony’s playing was always pretty bluesy. Metal came from when Tony started Sabbath off as a blues band called Earth and he inspired that Sabbathy sound from Jethro Tull. Jethro Tull who is another bluesy influenced rock band.
It’s important to listen to blues music and I’m not just talking about Eric Clapton, SRV, Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr., and Hendrix. That stuff is great but forget that stuff. You want to listen to real blues like B.B. King, Albert King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson, Robert Johnson, T-Bone Walker, etc. The old stuff. Yeah, I think you get the deal now. I listened to all that stuff over the years of my life.
This could explain why my lead guitar playing always turns out so bluesy all the time. I would like to make rock and metal inspired guitar licks and leads but I can’t help it. My lead guitar playing always sounds pretty bluesy. I blame that on listening to too much Led Zeppelin and Hendrix probably. I also blame it on listening to other blues music.
When I first started playing guitar, I kind of wanted to learn how to be a blues guitarist. Been teaching myself blues guitar by learning from instructional books and trying to figure out leads by ear and stuff.
Someday I would honestly love to make a blues record and I will. In case you haven’t noticed a lot of my original songs I write is very blues inspired especially songs like “Evil Fred” and “Mr. Tough Guy”.
Blues music is important to listen to. It helps you learn where today’s music came from. It’ll help inspire you and blues will help you improve as a musician. Plus, blues is just badass music to listen to. I really wish blues music would get recognized more although, I do know that Joe Bonamassa, Gary Clark Jr. and John Mayer still try to keep blues music alive and well.