Modern Electric Blues

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(Guitar, vocals, 1954–90) Born in Dallas, Vaughan distilled Albert King, Jimi Hendrix and Lonnie Mack’s blues and rock stylings on his superb US Top 40 album Texas Flood (1983). Tommy Shannon (bass) and Chris Layton (drums) formed his trusted Double Trouble back-up team. His ferocious but lyrical playing on Couldn’t Stand The Weather (1984) and live showmanship confirmed him as the new king of the blues guitar. After a 1990 show ...

Source: The Definitive Illustrated Encyclopedia of Rock, general editor Michael Heatley
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The first bluesman to record with an electric guitar, T-Bone Walker (1910–75) shaped the course of post-war blues, influencing everyone from B.B. King and Chuck Berry to Jimi Hendrix and beyond. B.B. King acknowledges that the first time he heard Walker, he knew he had to get an electric guitar, and Berry and Hendrix took as much notice of Walker’s showmanship – playing his guitar behind his head and generally thrilling ...

Source: Rock Guitar Heroes, consultant editor Rusty Cutchin
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Although the first generations of electric bluesmen played louder and more flamboyantly than their acoustic forefathers, their music was still traditional in its delivery and structure. The British blues players who emulated them during the 1960s were also fairly traditional in their approach to the genre. Jimi Hendrix opened things up a bit more when he first appeared on the scene in 1967, but the musicians he in turn influenced tended ...

Source: The Illustrated Encyclopedia of Music, general editor Paul Du Noyer
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