John Lee Hooker
Steppin' on the Blues
Good Time Tonight
Blind Willie McTell

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Acoustic Blues is a general catch-all term describing virtually every type of blues that can be played on a non-electric musical instrument. It embraces a wide range of guitar and musical styles including folk, the songster tradition, slide, fingerpicking, ragtime, and all of the myriad regional strains (Chicago, Delta, Louisiana, Mississippi, Texas, Piedmont, etc.) that thrived in the early days of the genre's gestation. But acoustic blues is not limited to merely guitar music; its "acoustic" appellation is an elastic enough term to also include mandolin, banjo, piano, harmonica, jug, and other non-electric instruments including homemade ones, like the one string monochord bottleneck diddleybow.

Acoustic Blues Artists Highlights

John Lee Hooker
John Lee Hooker
Blind Willie McTell
Blind Willie McTell
Big Joe Williams
Big Joe Williams

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Acoustic Blues Album Highlights

Steppin' on the Blues
Lonnie Johnson
Steppin' on the Blues
Good Time Tonight
Big Bill Broonzy
Good Time Tonight
Founder of the Delta Blues [Yazoo]
Charley Patton
Founder of the Delta Blues ...
The Definitive Collection
John Lee Hooker
The Definitive Collection
I'd Rather Be the Devil: The Legendary 1931 Session
Skip James
I'd Rather Be the Devil: ...
Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941)
Roosevelt Sykes
Roosevelt Sykes (1929-1941)

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Acoustic Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Got the Blues for Murder Only Lonnie Johnson
Made a Date with an Angel (Got No Walking Shoes)
Big Bill Broonzy
Poor Me Charley Patton
Boom Boom John Lee Hooker
Devil Got My Woman Skip James
Big Legs Ida Blues
Roosevelt Sykes
Long Tall Mama Big Bill Broonzy
John the Revelator
Son House
Please Don't Stop Him Memphis Minnie
Backwater Blues Lonnie Johnson / Elmer Snowden

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