October 17, 2021
Blues rock is a hybrid musical genre, a kind of rock music that combines elements of the blues and rock styles. The basis of blues-rock sound is electric guitar, bass guitar and drum kit, and the sound of the electric guitar is subjected to "overdrive" distortion, usually with the help of a tube guitar amplifier. Blues rock began in the mid-1960s in England and the United States as what music historian Piero Scaruffi called "rhythm and blues performed by white European musicians." English bands such as The Who, Yardbirds, Led Zeppelin, Animals, Cream, and the Rolling Stones experimented with the music of early American bluesmen Howlin Wolfe, Robert Johnson, Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters and others. Early blues rock bands “tried to play long and complex improvisations typical of jazz recordings,” but by the mid-1970s blues rock had become heavier and more riff-based. In the wake of the popularity of rock music, "in the early 70s, the border between blues rock and hard rock was barely visible." Later in the 1980s and 1990s, blues rock performers returned to their blues roots, and some, like the Fabulous Thunderbirds or Stevie Rae Vaughn, "flirted with rock star status."