100 years have passed since the birth of Blues’ greatest and most influential ambassador Robert Johnson. Since then, Blues has grown from a humble African-American folk form to become the foundation for all popular music, whilst profoundly influencing jazz and classical music. It is nearly impossible to hear music today that has not been influenced by the Blues. As Blues songwriter Willie Dixon once said, “the Blues is the roots; everything else is the fruits”.
This playlist gives just a brief introduction to the Blues. Carefully handpicked from across each decade, the selection includes not only the Blues greats, but bands and singers not associated with Blues, as well as contemporary Blues artists.
100 Years of the Blues is a 4 CD account of the development of Blues and the musicians behind it. A unique hardback booklet gives fascinating insight into the lives of these artists and their music. An essential addition to the collection of any Blues enthusiast and the perfect beginning for those lucky newcomers.
100 Years of the Blues is available now.