12 Best Blues Albums for Beginners

The enormous depth and breadth of blues music can prove to be somewhat daunting for a new fan. Ranging from early Chicago blues to Texas blues/rock, from British blues-rock to acoustic Piedmont blues, these are the albums that make a good start on a blues collection. If this list is a little light on Mississippi Delta blues, it’s not for lack of artistic merit – many surviving Delta blues recordings would sound harsh to ears unaccustomed to primitive recording techniques. Instead, this is a list of blues albums for beginners, those artists, and recordings that introduce a newcomer to the charms of the blues.

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