Blues Rock music is not usually a genre that draws a ton of young people. However, there are several young and talented artists out there doing their part to help keep blues rock moving forward for the next generation.
Blues Rock Review lists its top blues rock acts 25 and under.
Ally Venable hails from Kilgore, Texas, and already has four albums under her belt. Venable has collaborated with the likes of Kenny Wayne Shepherd and Devon Allman to name a few and is one of the fastest rising young stars in blues rock. Venable stays busy on the road touring relentlessly and her latest album, Heart of Fire, reached #2 on the Billboard Blues chart.
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer
Brandon “Taz” Niederauer is just 18 years old and has received praise from John Mayer and Joe Bonamassa. He was invited to perform the national anthem when the Kansas City Chiefs hosted the Cleveland Browns in the 2020 AFC Championship game which was seen by millions on national television. He’s shared the stage with Buddy Guy and Eric Gales to name a few.
Chase Walker made his way onto the scene in 2016 with Not Quite Legal, which was voted #2 on Blues Rock Review’s Top 20 Albums of 2016. Walker was just a teenager when that album was recorded. Walker’s been playing the blues since he was just 11 years old and has a bright future ahead.
Christone “Kingfish” Ingram
Two albums into his career, Kingfish already has two #1 Billboard Blues albums. Ingram has already won multiple Blues Music Awards and his incredible guitar playing continues to impress fans everywhere he plays. He’s been billed as the future of blues but Kingfish has become the present and is certainly keeping the music alive for the next generation.
Connor Selby is a British guitarist and was named “Young Artist of the Year” in the 2020 and 2021 UK Blues Awards. Selby’s influences include B.B. King, Free, Ray Charles, and more. In 2019, Selby opened for The Who at Wembley Stadium.
Eddie 9 Volt
Eddie 9 Volt, also referred to as Eddie 9V, is bringing a classic sound to the modern era. The Atlanta, Georgia native started his music career when he was just 15 and a decade later he’s signed to Ruf Records. Meshing soul, blues, roots, and rock, Eddie 9 Volt will surely be on the radar for years to come.
Cincinnati native Erin Coburn has quickly built a large following on social media. Coburn’s influences include Stevie Ray Vaughan, B.B. King, and the Rolling Stones. She released her debut album in 2015 when she was just 14. Coburn delivers strong vocals in addition to her guitar prowess and should continue to see her star rise in the coming years.
The Georgia Thunderbolts
Hailing from you guessed it, Georgia, the Georgia Thunderbolts are quickly carving a name in the blues rock scene. The band is signed to top blues rock label Mascot Records and is bringing southern rock flare to the genre. The band released its debut EP in 2020 with its debut full length album due out in 2021.
Greta Van Fleet
Greta Van Fleet was formed in 2012 in Frankenmuth, Michigan featuring brothers Josh, Jake, and Sam Kiszka along with drummer Danny Wagner. The band blew its way onto the scene with its debut EP Black Smoke Rising in 2017 with a sound reminiscent of Led Zeppelin and the band has capitalized on this to build a massive following. Greta Van Fleet is one of the very few blues rock acts that’s made it into the mainstream and they’ve done it at a very young age.
Hannah Wicklund might be one of the world’s most underrated guitar players but she’s far more than that. Wicklund is the definition of a triple threat artist. She’s a phenomenal guitar player but a great singer/songwriter to boot. Wicklund has been touring since she was 16 years old and already has performed close to 3,000 live shows.
Based out of Michigan, Jake Kershaw picked up the guitar when he was 9 years old. Kershaw has played with Jonny Lang, Anthony Gomes, Walter Trout, and more. He released his debut album in 2017, Peace of Mind when he was just 16 years old.
Marcus King seems like he’s been around forever but the 25 year old has already accomplished things most musicians dream of. King plays with a soul well beyond his years and his voice is one of a kind. He started playing professionally at 11 and his 2020 album, El Dorado, which was produced by Dan Auerbach of the Black Keys, received a Grammy nomination.
Quinn Sullivan originally started grabbing attention as a child prodigy on the guitar. Sullivan was mentored by Buddy Guy and toured with him extensively. Now Sullivan is really coming into his own as a strong singer/songwriter and not just a guitar prodigy. Still in his early 20s, Sullivan already has over a decade of experience as a professional musician under his belt.
Toby Lee is the youngest artist on the list. The UK based guitarist has really used social media to his advantage already building a strong fan base. Lee got his first guitar when he was 8 years old and when he was 10, Lee went viral on with a tribute to B.B. King. He’s earned high praise from Joe Bonamassa being called “a future superstar of the Blues”. Lee even shared the stage with Bonamassa at the Royal Albert Hall.