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Contemporary Blues draws upon traditional acoustic and electric blues, but offers a more smoothed-out take on the genre that incorporates the influences of rock, pop, R&B, and/or folk. As such, contemporary blues is most often (though not always) electric, and rarely (though once in a while) purist. Because of its up-to-date production and mellower audience sensibility, the style tends to be more polished and sometimes even a bit genteel; it's still definitely soulful, but not quite as earthy or gritty as the music that predates it, and not as aggressive or fiery as modern-day electric blues from Chicago or Texas. Since it's informed by other types of music, contemporary blues has a greater chance of crossing over to pop, album rock, or adult-contemporary radio formats. Artists like Robert Cray, Keb' Mo', and prodigies Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Jonny Lang epitomize the contemporary blues sound.

Contemporary Blues Artists Highlights

Robert Cray
Robert Cray
Keb' Mo'
Keb' Mo'
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Kenny Wayne Shepherd
Jonny Lang
Jonny Lang
Susan Tedeschi
Susan Tedeschi
Alvin Youngblood Hart
Alvin Youngblood Hart

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Contemporary Blues Album Highlights

Strong Persuader
Robert Cray Band / Robert ...
Strong Persuader
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Taj Mahal
Keb' Mo'
Keb' Mo'
Keb' Mo'
Antone's - Bringing You the Best in Blues
Various Artists
Antone's - Bringing You ...
The Ted Hawkins Story: Suffer No More
Ted Hawkins
The Ted Hawkins Story: ...
Best Blues & Originals
Rory Block
Best Blues & Originals

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Contemporary Blues Song Highlights

Title/Composer Performer Stream
Smoking Gun Robert Cray
Am I Wrong Keb' Mo'
My Heart Bleeds Blue Deborah Coleman
There Stands the Glass Ted Hawkins
Don't Treat Your Man Like a Dog Saffire -- The Uppity Blues Women
Fishin' Blues Taj Mahal
Mexican Divorce Ry Cooder
Leave Me Alone Peggy Scott-Adams
Strange Conversation Ted Hawkins
Standing at Your Door Louisiana Red

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