This document is always in progress.

Last Edit: Nov 2019

Blues Music Survey

with Flouer Evelyn

I teach this material a lot, so have made this document publicly available.

Listed under the genres are a few artists that represent those genres, with links to specific songs on Spotify. Most of the artists, like Muddy Waters (who went from delta to Chicago), cross genres; and not all songs by a particular artist will be considered within the blues music we dance to.  Use these as a starting point to do your own exploring.  Enjoy!

Delta Blues/Old Country Blues

Piedmont Blues

Electric Blues /

Big City Blues

(Chicago, Detroit, Kansas, etc)

Modern Country Blues

Robert Johnson

Brownie McGhee

Howlin’ Wolf

The Jellyrollers

Son House

John Jackson

Muddy Waters

Nathan James & Ben Hernandez

Lightnin’ Hopkins

Cephas & Wiggens

B. B. King

David Grisman & John Sebastian


Koko Taylor

Classic Female Blues

Jazz Blues

Big Band Jazz (Ballroomin’)

New Orleans Jazz

Mamie Smith

Jimmy Witherspoon

Duke Ellington

Sidney Bechet

Ma Rainey

Saffire - Uppity Blues Women

Louis Armstrong

Bob French

Dinah Washington

Dave Gross

Wynton Marsalis

Bourbon Street Stompers

Soul Blues

Boogie/Piano Blues

Blues Rock

Little Milton

Pinetop Perkins

Stevie Ray Vaughn

Etta James

Sunnyland Slim

Jimi Hendrix

Big Maybelle Smith

Champion Jack Dupree

Johnny Winter

Fats Domino

Katie Webster