is a separate genre of Blues
music that appeared in The Sixties
in the UK and the USA, though largely created by British bands. Blues-rock is basically a hybrid between 12-bar blues and hard rock, with frequent use of Improv
and jamming and an overall heavier sound.
While arguably the genre's specific guitar style was invented by Lonnie Mack with his 1963 single "Memphis", this discovery went unnoticed at the time. The genre itself basically came about when the British became exposed to Blues
imported from the USA and started their own bands. These bands quickly gained the edge in one area traditional Blues
music lacked: volume. By cranking their amps Up to Eleven
, bashing the hell out of their drums and worshipping the almighty Epic Riff
, bands such as John Mayall's Bluesbreakers, The Yardbirds
, Led Zeppelin
and the UK-based Jimi Hendrix
decisively established blues-rock as a genre in its own right.
During The Seventies
, a subgenre known as Boogie Rock, which emphasized the repetitive, driving "boogie" rhythms rather than extended improvisation or solos, became popular. This subgenre is best represented by artists like George Thorogood, Cactus, Bad Company, Status Quo, ZZ Top
and Foghat. Another offshoot, based in the American South and referred to as Southern Rock
, combined Blues Rock
with Country Music
, Gospel and Rockabilly (and occasionally Jazz, Folk or even Cajun influences), also became popular in The Seventies
Thanks to its emphasis on volume and Epic Riffs
, blues-rock became one of the key influences on the development of Heavy Metal
, with many blues-rock acts being considered to this day to be 'proto-metal' (especially the Jimi Hendrix Experience, Led Zeppelin and The Yardbirds).
Not to be confused with Psychedelic Rock
, with which it is very often confused and crossed with, especially by modern stoner rock acts.