The State of Blues Rock

Is the state of blues rock in 2017 in a healthy place? What can be done to grow the genre? These topics and more are discussed in the “state of blues rock.”

6 thoughts on “The State of Blues Rock

  • June 9, 2017 at 9:00 am

    Need local radio stations. In my area there isnt any. If kids can listen to what there parents are into it exposes them to it more. Also affordable local outdoor concerts im the summers. Younger and older generations love to go to festivals. They just need to be at a price range kids will pay to get in.

  • June 10, 2017 at 8:27 am

    Through my son’s music career I have had the chance to meet many young people who have shown me that the state of blues rock is just fine. I don’t believe it will ever compete with the regurgitated crap that gets shoved down people’s ear canals from mainstream radio. But so many of the younger crowd are finding their way to real music, it’s very encouraging.

    Time for shameless plug; Please check out my 17 year old son making waves in Nashville

  • June 12, 2017 at 10:38 am

    Hey Pete,

    You’re spot on right on both points! This is a genre that is thriving artistically but needs much more exposure. Aside from seeing Tedeschi-Trucks Band on PBS’ “Austin City Limits” and some of Bonamassa on VH1 there’s hardly any on TV either.

    I’ve been getting into BR for the past three years with the hope of starting up a radio show of my own. I could easily do streams and podcasts but there’s not that much listenership online (YET!) One area I’ve been looking into is International Shortwave Radio. There are three stations I know of on the world-band that lease airtime. The thing is; do I have to say it…IT’S ALL ABOUT THE MONEY! Getting businesses to sponsor is out of the question. A KICKSTARTER campaign; maybe. Self-financing…short lived.

    I’ve become a true believer. Thorbjorn Risager, Sari Schoor, Bonamassa, Rossington and the abundance of good stuff coming from Australia these days has me convinced that anyone who can get this on the radio is really on to something!

    There’s another avenue I may try; a college station in my area does community volunteer programming. I may have to wait until September but I could get a show on locally.

  • June 12, 2017 at 11:46 pm

    I know exactly that conversation you had with the guy.That is what I find people at least in my age group(grew up in the 70’s are like)
    Play them some good music and they will like it it.
    Seems not everyone searches for it.Maybe it has to be in their face for a while.
    Most on line review sites for rock are metal or some extreme dark rock music.
    So your question on how to grow the genre is a hard but important one.
    Joe Bonamassa built a big following bybword of mouth.Granted he is a special talent.
    However he did not get real big until he was on pbs.
    Not sure if it could ever get done but a pbs special showcasing top blues rock artists….well now I am dreaming.
    All I can say is keep up the good work Pete.I like the videos and maybe some people find them on line searching

  • June 14, 2017 at 11:12 pm

    I appreciate you doing this website. Am totally supportive….and like to find new artists, when you do the blues rock albums, that helps. I wish I knew how to get this genre known more. I don’t have the answer though….I guess just keep on doing what you’re doing. If you could put some links to these bands or samples, that would be good.

  • June 15, 2017 at 1:30 pm

    I am a lover of all Blues….and have noticed the decline in our state, Illinois, at least of the many Blues fests that we used to go to….a couple years back…Bloomington’s Nothin but the Blues fest went belly up….now this year, Champaign has cancelled the Blues, Brews and BBQ fest….and Decatur canceled the Blues in the Park fests….I am so disappointed….always seemed to be big crowds at all these events….and they were well received with all ages….it kills me when I hear people say there is no good music any more….just ridiculous when there truly is…getting blues rock out more to the public is crucial to keeping the Blues alive!! we went and seen the Hendrix Experience….can’t get more Blues rock than that….and Walter Trout has always been a fav…Europe seems to get it….but not sure why the United States has such a hard time opening up to these players….we do not have a lot of radio stations in our area that play the Blues at all…other than one thrown in the line up once in awhile…I am 63 and prefer the Blues rock to the old school….altho I love it all….SRV forever!!! Keep the Blues Alive!!!!


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