Electric blues is represented by any type of blues music that uses electric amplification for musical instruments. Out of all instruments, the guitar was the first one that was amplified and later used in shows by various pioneers such as Muddy Waters and John Lee Hooker.
This happened 80-90 years ago and, ever since, electric blues remained a music genre adopted by various artists. Although there were other amplified instruments over the years such as the harmonica, the piano or the bass guitar, the electric guitar remains, in my opinion, the most powerful instrument that can be used to play an impeccable blues ballad.
If you’d like reading more about blues guitars, I suggest you check the top 5 blues guitar players according to my standards.
- Eric Clapton
The English star is a blues guitarist, singer, and songwriter. He used to be part of the Yardbirds and Cream bands and reached the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame three times, both with the bands and as a solo artist.
Clapton is considered one of the best musicians of the 20th and 21st centuries and he cites Muddy Waters, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, and Freddie King as his main musical influences. In 2006 he was awarded the Grammy Lifetime Achievement Award for his astonishing musical career.
- Jimi Hendrix
Born Johnny Allen Hendrix, he was one of the most prolific and notorious rock music players in history. He was awarded the title of “the greatest guitarist of all times” by the prestigious Rolling Stone magazine, back in 2003.
His new playing style at that time implied the use of an electric guitar and it easily became a recognizable style that influenced generations of future modern guitar players. Because of his hectic lifestyle, Hendrix didn’t leave behind too many recorded albums or tracks and, as a result, most of his songs were pirated from concerts.
- Robert Johnson
Born Robert Leroy Johnson in 1911, he was one of the pioneers of the blues guitar. Some of his most famous songs are “Sweet Home Chicago”, “Crossroad Blues”, and “Love in Vain”.
These songs remained influential for upcoming musicians so that they were also played by famous rock bands and guitarists, including Led Zeppelin, Rolling Stones, Eric Clapton, Bob Dylan, and others.
- John Mayer
Born in Connecticut, John Clayton Mayer is a famous American guitar player who started his career playing acoustic rock and began a slow transition to blues in 2005. Since then he worked with other famous players such as B.B. King, Eric Clapton, and Buddy Guy, and he even started his own band, John Mayer Trio.
- Joe Bonamassa
He is considered “the king of modern blues” and he started his career when he was just 12 years old when he opened for B.B. King.
He has released 15 solo albums and is one of the most reputed blues guitarists of the 21st century.