The guitar is the backbone of rock music, and the best guitarists include some blues and country guitarists that paved the way for rock’n’roll’s legends.
Muddy was the first to record Willie Dixon's future blues classic 'I'm Ready,' on 1 September 1954.
If you haven’t heard Albert King’s ‘Born Under A Bad Sign’, it’s time for a change of luck. Go ahead, listen. It’ll make your day.
Listen to our playlist of this unique instrument, honouring 'Leo' Fender, born on 10 August 1909.
In salute to a blues great, multiple Grammy winner and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame inductee.
Chess Records had its first hit record on 29 July 1950, Gene Ammons' ‘My Foolish Heart’, then went on to provide the soundtrack to Black America in the 1950s.
Penned by Willie Dixon, Otis Rush’s original take on I Can’t Quit You Baby has inspired rip-roaring versions from both Led Zeppelin and The Rolling Stones.
Unquestionably, 'The Folk Singer' by Muddy Waters is one of the greatest blues albums ever recorded, but far too many have overlooked it.
Chess Records laid the foundation for rock’n’roll, and its influence can still be felt today, as this guide to the 10 best Chess blues records shows.
Chess Records and its founders, Leonard and Phil Chess, played a bigger part than any other record label in making the blues a worldwide phenomenon.
The guitar virtuoso from Fargo, North Dakota started kicking up a storm on disc at the age of 14.
Long before he assumed rock god status with Led Zeppelin, Page was an in-demand guitar for hire on the London session circuit.
One of the building blocks of rock’n’roll, Willie Dixon’s ‘Hoochie Coochie Man’ has been recorded by everyone from Muddy Waters to Eric Clapton and Motörhead.
It was to be the only time that The Rolling Stones ever played on stage with Muddy Waters and it's fitting that it was in Chicago, Muddy’s home for the last 40...
Rush became one of the key exponents of Chicago's 'West Side' sound and influenced generations of players in the process.