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Blues Rock
Blues Rock 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, Cream, 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.
Blues-rock bands:
  • John Mayall's Bluesbreakers
  • The Paul Butterfield Blues Band
  • Graham Bond Organization
  • John Hammond, Jr.
  • Alexis Korner (who might even be an Ur Example. He's often referred to as "the founding father of British Blues")
  • Canned Heat
  • Ten Years After
  • Janis Joplin
  • Free
    • Bad Company
  • Humble Pie
  • Status Quo
  • Savoy Brown
  • Foghat
  • Faces (but not The Small Faces)
  • Them (Van Morrison's first group)
  • The Animals (early albums only)
  • The Black Keys
  • The Yardbirds
  • Led Zeppelin
  • Cream
  • The Jimi Hendrix Experience
  • The Rolling Stones
  • Santana
  • Fleetwood Mac (early on)
  • George Thorogood & the Destroyers (the band that did "Bad To the Bone")
  • The James Gang
  • The Groundhogs (combined with Psychedelic Rock)
  • Blind Faith
  • Derek and the Dominos
  • The Jeff Beck Group
  • The Who
  • Chicken Shack
  • Hot Tuna
  • Blues Project
  • Blodwyn Pig
  • Jethro Tull (but only on their first album)
  • Rory Gallagher
  • Stevie Ray Vaughan & Double Trouble
  • The Fabulous Thunderbirds
  • Gov't Mule
  • The Black Crowes
  • The White Stripes (well, some of the time, anyways)
  • Blue Cheer
  • The Rival Sons
  • Radio Moscow
  • Wolfmother
  • Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
  • Mountain
  • Buffalo
  • Head Machine
  • Deep Jimi and the Zep Creams
  • Johnny Winter & Edgar Winter
  • Cactus
  • The Guess Who
    • Bachman Turner Overdrive
  • Rumpelstiltskin
  • Captain Beyond
  • Vanilla Fudge
  • Witchcult
  • Danzig (Can also be considered doom metal)
  • ZZ Top
  • The Doors (also played the often-confused-with psychedelic rock)
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