While blues rock music is not a mainstream genre it is slowly making its way back to the masses through a youth movement. More and more young artists are popping up to help spread the art form in a time where radio play for blues rock artists is extremely limited. Here are ten acts under the age of 30 that are helping to bring the genre to a new generation of fans.
Greta Van Fleet
There is no blues rock band or rock band for that matter with more momentum than Greta Van Fleet right now. They’re a modern rock band that actually gets played on the radio and they’ve quickly captured the ears of fans longing for good ‘ole fashioned rock and roll. What’s truly incredible is that no member of the band is over the age of 22. The band released From The Fires in 2017 and has new music on the way soon.
The sister duo of Rebecca and Megan Lovell are paying tribute to blues heroes of the past while also paving the way for a new generation with original material of their own. Larkin Poe released Peach in 2017, which received rave reviews.
Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones
Hannah Wicklund and the Steppin Stones have certainly emerged as a band to watch with the release of their self-titled album earlier in 2018. Wicklund is barely in her 20s, but is already a seasoned veteran having formed the band when she was just 8 years old.
Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown
Tyler Bryant first made his way onto the radar as the young guitarist featured in the 2009 documentary, Rock Prophecies, where photographer Robert Knight sought out the world’s best guitar player. Since then, Tyler Bryant and the Shakedown have been one of the hardest bands in rock and roll touring relentlessly. The group released its self-titled album in 2017.
Laurence Jones is one of the UK’s shining stars in blues rock having won several awards while sharing the stage with many of the top acts in the genre. His latest album, The Truth, is perhaps his best yet making the genre accessible to a wider audience.
Samantha Fish continues to quickly grow her fan base with constant touring. She released not one, but TWO albums in 2017 with Chills and Fever and Belle of the West. Fish also won Contemporary Blues Female Artist of the Year at 2018’s Blues Music Awards.
Eric Steckel picked up the guitar at a young age and is a monster player, but is also a talented multi-instrumentalist. He’s not shy about pushing the envelope of what blues music is (as he shows on Polyphonic Prayer) and not many artists his age can say they’ve developed a signature sound like Steckel has.
Quinn Sullivan has been groomed from a young age by Buddy Guy to help carry the mantle for blues rock music. Now 18 years old, Sullivan is really beginning to come into his own growing as a songwriter in addition to his impressive guitar prowess.
UK blues rocker Ben Poole is known as quite the guitarist, but he’s a strong songwriter, too. Poole hit the number 10 spot on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2016 and is set to release Anytime You Need Me in September, which is already generating a lot of buzz in the blues rock world.
Chase Walker Band
The Chase Walker Band blew its way onto the blues rock scene with the release of Not Quite Legal, which was voted Blues Rock Review’s #2 album of 2016. Even more impressive was the fact that Walker was just 17 years old at the time, certainly a prospect to watch.