A style of music originally based on field shouts and secular songs of the American Negro, featuring repeated sections of twelve measures each in an A-A-B structure. This is a vocal genre, often performed by singing guitarists, with melodic lines characterized by flatted thirds and sevenths. Despite the name, the mood can be happy or sad, the tempo fast or slow. Sometimes called a subgenre of jazz, blues music has its own identity in artists such as Buddy Guy and Ruth Brown. Typical artists in blues-rock, a related style, are Stevie Ray Vaughan and Eric Clapton.

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The Blues Foundation
Producer of the W.C. Handy Blues Awards, the Blues Hall of Fame, the Lifetime Achievement Awards and the Int. Blues Talent Competition
About.com: Blues
Blues information, MP3s, CD reviews, interviews, and history.
Big Road Blues
Discussion forums for blues players and fans.
The Blues Database
Database with information on blues artists, discographies, and festivals.
The Blues Directory
Contains over 2,200 blues links. Sites are organized in categories like bands and artists, record labels, and lyrics.
Blues for Peace
Blues for Peace was set up in Israel to honor the roots of blues music and promote peace and the understanding that ALL peoples have had their share of the Blues.
Blues Links
An index of artists, festivals, organizations, magazines, books and various establishments that cater to blues.
Blues on Stage
Web hosting company specializing in blues artists, companies, festivals and societies. Free links to client sites and paid advertising positions.
Blues Paradise
Links to classic musicians Sonny Boy Williamson I and II, Muddy Waters, Little Walter, Robert Johnson and Howlin' Wolf as well as links to many more contemporary blues artists.
Bluesmovers
Includes news and links.
BluesWorld
Blues articles, photographs, reviews, records, compact discs, CDs, 78 rpm phonograph record auctions, magazines, books, musicians, authors, researchers, resources, links.
Corky Siegel's Planet
Member of a famous chicago blues band in the 60-70's.
The Delta Blues Museum
Features an exhibit calendar, online displays: exploring the blues and about the delta. Also included are program and education information, museum support and a gift shop.
Early Blues Website
Broadening awareness and understanding of the origins of blues music and encouraging and supporting live blues music. Features essays, articles, images and a chronology of the blues.
FolkLib Index - Acoustic Blues Artists
A very complete listing of links for acoustic blues musicians.
King Biscuit Time
Encompasses the famous Helena, Arkansas radio show made famous by blues harp legend Sonny Boy Williamson II (Rice Miller), the annual blues festival in Helena, and the monthly magazine dedicated to covering blues festivals and artists. Features articles from the magazine, and blues goodies available from their online store.
New Zealand Blues and Views
Website for Blues music by New Zealand musicians. Includes a Blues Scene page, and images.
Topix: Blues
News about blues, collected from various sources on the web. [RSS]

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