What’s better than to sink deep into tunes and rhythm of a slow blues? Well, don’t ask me.
That’s why I put together this list of the 10 great slow blues songs. The list includes songs from blues legends to artists/bands with only a couple of albums under their belt. Songs from the 60s to the 2000s. But one thing is for sure, every one of these is worth listening to. Let’s get started!
“I’ll Play The Blues For You” – Daniel Castro
Hanging outside the clubs when the greats performed has paid off for Castro and he deserves a place from this list. This over 7 minute slow blues masterpiece was featured on his 1999 album “No Surrender”. The album itself is worth listening to every blues fan, but if you crave slow blues, make sure you give “I’ll Play The Blues for You” a listen. Both the vocals and guitar licks are top-grade material.
“A Man And The Blues” – Buddy Guy
Hit from Buddy Guy’s second studio album released in 1968 that bears the name of the album. The album also includes other great songs such as “Money (That’s What I Want)” and “Sweet Angel”, but “A Man And The Blues” stands out as it’s one of the best songs Guy wrote himself for this album. It’s a 6-minute moody blues piece and oh boy is it slow. But in a good way.
“Slightly Hung Over” – Blues Delight
“Quebec Blues at its best!”- Blues Delight states on their home page. After listening to “Slightly Hung Over” (and without knowing Quebec blues scene that well) it’s hard to argue! Five experienced blues musicians have united their passion for blues and the only thing I think is missing is more songs from them. “Slightly Hung Over” is a really simple song, but it represents what slow blues is all about. Emotion, catchy rhythm, and well build guitar licks. I recommend you give this song and their album Blues Delight a listen or two.
“Worried Down With The Blues” – Larry McCray
I can’t argue with McCray’s album title: Born to Play The Blues, because clearly, Larry was. His sister Clara introduced Larry to the Three Kings, but Larry’s playing also includes lots of rock-style licks that differentiate him from many other Blues Artists who use The Three Kings’ as their inspiration. “Worried Down With The Blues” is a great example of this. He uses a fair amount of gain and dirt on his guitar’s tone, and at least I will remember his “dirty” licks for a long time.
“I Hate These Doggone Blues” – Clarence “Gatemouth” Brown
“He had a voice like a gate”-Clarence Brown’s high school instructor. But there’s no denying that “The Gatemouth” took advantage of the chances given to him and that’s why we can enjoy his blues and slow blues songs today. “I Hate These Doggone Blues” is an entertaining song from his 1989 album “Standing My Ground” and if old-school blues is your thing, go on and add the whole album to your playlist.
“The Mists of Time” – John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers
Yes, there have been awesome slow blues songs post-2000. Originally founded in 1963, John Mayall and The Bluesbreakers have been on and off during the years. But I’m grateful that they have been making music. “The Mists of Time” is one of the well-known pieces of them, and for a reason. The song is rock solid overall and ends in perfect harmony between every instrument played. It also gives some Pink Floyd vibes and that’s always a good thing.
“Have You Ever Loved A Woman” – Eric Clapton
If you are a guitar guy like me, you will love this song. Well, it’s no wonder because it comes from guitar legend Clapton. “Have You Ever Loved A Woman” features Clapton’s awesome blues licks, moody singing(even some falsetto), slide solo, and slow tempo. So this song is a must-listen for slow blues and guitar fans. (Find out more blues songs for guitar here).
“This is My Last Goodbye” – William Clarke
If you are a harmonica guy, you will love this song. Known for his vocals and harmonica, Clarke gives us almost 3 minutes of pure slow blues. The song could even have been a bit longer and it makes you want more. And even though Clarke passed way too early (age of 45), he was able to put out 22 albums in his 28-year music career. So go on, dive deep into Clarke’s music.
“What In The World” – Rory Gallagher
Irish guitar legend he is. Another who died too young (age of 47). In his playing, Gallagher mixed rock and blues style and that’s one reason he was and is so popular. It’s hard to not like his guitar licks and singing. “What In The World” is a 9-minute piece that is a perfect example of why Rory Gallagher can be called a “guitar legend”. The solos on this song are amazing and full of emotion.
“Cold, Cold Feeling” – Jimmy Witherspoon
Really slow tempo, Fender-type clean guitar licks, and great vocals. That’s what “Cold, Cold feeling” is all about. “Cold, Cold Feeling” was written by Jessie Mae Robinson and recorded by T-Bone Walker in 1950-1952. Witherspoon released his version of this Cold n’ Slow blues song in 1980 and it has been a hit since. Must-listen for slow blues lovers.
There you have it, 10 great slow blues songs. Personally, my favorite pieces are “I’ll Play The Blues for You” (Daniel Castro also looks like my father-in-law) and “The Mists of Time”. But there is one question I didn’t get an answer…What’s your favorite slow blues song? Comment down below!