Today is International Blues Music Day!
…a day where you should stop what you’re doing, sit back, and enjoy the rawness of Howlin’ Wolf, the effortless ‘slowhand’ Eric Clapton, the perfection of Etta James, or the soul of Ray Charles.
Let’s take a look back at 10 of our favourite blues songs as we salute the greats while celebrating blues music today…
Howlin’ Wolf – Smokestack Lightnin’
Billie Holiday – All of Me
Muddy Waters – Hoochie Coochie Man
Etta James – At Last
John Lee Hooker - Boom Boom
Ry Cooder – How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
Ray Charles – What I’d Say pts. 1 & 3
B.B. King – Every day I Have the Blues (Live at the Regal)
Eric Clapton – Layla
The Rolling Stones – Not Fade Away
We hope you enjoy listening to these songs as much as we have! Let us know on Twitter @BluesFestUK which tracks you’d add.
Don’t forget, BluesFest in partnership with American Express comes to The O2, London this October. Featuring acts such as Van Morrison, Bill Wyman, Mark Knopfler, Mary J Blige, Jeff Beck, Bad Company, Walter Trout, and many more…
Tickets are now available here!