The Country Blues
The Country Blues

Welcome to The Country Blues

A guide to Contemporary Acoustic and Traditional Blues

Old-time blues, acoustic blues, deep blues, traditional blues, pre-war blues, folk blues, primitive blues or Country blues, it has many names, but in its essence it is the pure, ethereal, original music of rural African-Americans that originated in the Southern USA during the 1920s and 1930s. Today, people of all ethnicity and origins play it worldwide. The blues has found kindred musical souls, celebrating the commonality of the human spirit. This website has one simple message: The acoustic blues is alive and well in the 21st Century––nothing more, nothing less. The musicians included here are keeping the traditions alive while helping the old-time blues progress and stay vibrant.

Artist Profiles

In the left side column, you will find full profiles of acoustic & traditional blues musicians worldwide. The profiles feature brief biographical information, photos, YouTube links and other information, as available. New artists are added constantly.
Who’s Who List

The ‘Who’s Who’ list includes over 400 active musicians who are making a contribution to the genre today. This is the definitive, and steadily growing, list of musicians from all over the world who play the acoustic blues. If you know somebody who deserves to be on it, let us know.
Blues Radio Documentary – 6 Hour blues primer Podcast

The in-depth documentary “I wish I was in Heaven Sitting Down” won several prestigious radio documentary awards, including ‘Best Documentary’ at the New York Festivals. This Podcast provides an ideal primer of the Mississippi Delta blues.

Original musician photos from the portfolio of fine art photographer Bibiana Huang Matheis. Country blues musicians and more.

A collection of diverse articles, opinions, interviews, musicology, blues related creative writing, and other odd musings, by various authors. Feel free to submit relevant, well written material that advances to the topic.
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