Blues my face off!
November 2, 2013 7:14 PM   Subscribe

I'm looking for some really hard, heavy blues rock to listen to because an entire playlist made up only of Led Zeppelin, the Black Keys, and Jimi Hendrix gets kind of repetitive after a while. Can anyone recommend artists along the lines of those three? I'm really looking for stuff that is loud, in-your-face, sexy, maybe psychedelic, and HARD.
posted by capricorn to Media & Arts (60 answers total) 81 users marked this as a favorite
 
You want you some holy roller Roy Buchanan, master of the Telecaster, and father of pinch harmonics.
posted by paulsc at 7:30 PM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Humble Pie -- e.g., Thirty Days in the Hole, I Don't Need No Doctor, Black Coffee.
posted by scody at 7:31 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Black Mountain for more alt-bluesy feel, and Pink Mountaintops for something a little more freakydelic.
posted by carsonb at 7:34 PM on November 2, 2013


The Black Angels are worth a listen. Somewhat Doors-ish with heavy bass.
posted by The Deej at 7:34 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Maybe some Witch? Black Angels or Tame Impala for stuff on the more psychedelic side.

Look into the "Stoner Rock" genre for that fuzzy, bluesy Zeppelin-inspired good stuff.
posted by windbox at 7:37 PM on November 2, 2013 [4 favorites]


North Mississippi All-Stars -- Shake Hands with Shorty (Or any of their albums.)

Here is Po Black Maddie/Skinny Woman
posted by JohnnyGunn at 7:39 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Ten Years After, Cricklewood Green, Love Like a Man really starts cookin' around 2:30.
posted by islander at 7:40 PM on November 2, 2013


Maybe something from the best supergroup you never heard of, "the American Led Zeppelin," Cactus, with their tune Evil?
posted by paulsc at 7:55 PM on November 2, 2013


Black Pistol Fire.
posted by expialidocious at 7:58 PM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]




The Jeff Beck Group: Truth & Beck-Ola
posted by rfs at 8:57 PM on November 2, 2013


A little Johnny Winter might do the trick. His Highway 61 is my favorite recording of the song.
posted by Betafae at 9:08 PM on November 2, 2013


Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
posted by 445supermag at 9:08 PM on November 2, 2013


The Songza station World of the Black Keys turned me on to King Khan.
It goes without saying you need to add Cream to your playlist.
Black Joe Lewis is the best modern blues artist I had heard until Black Keys.
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is another good band with a more modern blues sound.

This is relevant to my interests. I will be interested to see what this thread turns up.
posted by irisclara at 9:09 PM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


Maybe less blues, but sexy, is T. Rex.
posted by gorbichov at 9:10 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


T.Rex is definitely sexy but why not just use Pandora or something similar to get similar music? (assuming you are in the US which is a pretty huge assumption).
posted by bquarters at 9:24 PM on November 2, 2013


Endless Boogie.
posted by scratch at 9:38 PM on November 2, 2013 [2 favorites]


The Jimi Hendrix: Blues album is very good. Definitely Jimi, but very much blues. Example: Hear My Train Comin'
posted by corvus_cornix at 10:06 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Dinosaur Jr. can sound bluesy with the right ears, and it sure is loud! And trippy.
posted by vrakatar at 10:08 PM on November 2, 2013


Or Tool.
posted by vrakatar at 10:10 PM on November 2, 2013


The first thing that came to mind is the Immortal Lee County Killers. Here's a playlist that starts with ILCK and then then goes on into some other related things. If what you're hearing isn't working for you, skip to the next one.

Jon Spencer Blues Explosion is another obvious one. In fact, rereading your post, you damn well better have everything from JSBX.

Personally I think the Melvins are the best thing ever, but they veer pretty well towards metal a lot of the time, and the goofy timing is very much not bluesy I suppose. But they are the. heaviest. band. ever.

Tool, groan.
posted by intermod at 10:27 PM on November 2, 2013 [1 favorite]


Graveyard
posted by miles at 10:40 PM on November 2, 2013


Pat Travers

Coco Montoya (Sorry, couldn't find a link to a good video before I ran out of patience.)

Susan Tedeschi

Joe Bonamassa

Stevie Ray Vaughan
posted by soundguy99 at 12:37 AM on November 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Later Primal Scream is really bluesy.
posted by goo at 2:28 AM on November 3, 2013


Tumbleweed, an Australian band, are pretty excellent.
posted by h00py at 2:32 AM on November 3, 2013


Jane's Addiction?
posted by STFUDonnie at 4:20 AM on November 3, 2013


Sleep
posted by Pre-Taped Call In Show at 5:06 AM on November 3, 2013




Mountain!
posted by thinkpiece at 6:55 AM on November 3, 2013


In the blue, someone was just talking about Soundgarden's Live on I-5.

Kings' X, Over My Head

Lenny Kravitz's first two albums weren't bad.
posted by goethean at 7:07 AM on November 3, 2013


Let's listen to some Robin Trower!
Day of the Eagle
Too Rolling Stoned
Bridge of Sighs
posted by Bron at 8:06 AM on November 3, 2013


Black Diamond Heavies - check Fever in My Blood for a representative sample.
posted by komara at 8:11 AM on November 3, 2013


Overlooked here so far, yet so obvious: Cream with Eric Clapton.

Speaking of: The Yardbirds (a starting point for Beck, Clapton & Page..)

Less obvious, but mentioned in history books at the dawn of blues/rock: John Mayall

A bit obscure, but a personal fave: Savoy Brown.

More heavy metal than blues, but with some bluesy riffs: Deep Purple, Uriah Heep, etc...
posted by ovvl at 8:13 AM on November 3, 2013


The Yardbirds
13th Floor Elevators (definitely psychedelic, maybe not that sexy). See also Roky Erickson and the Aliens
The Animals' early stuff
Alabama Shakes
The Seeds
The Sonics
MC5
posted by hydrophonic at 8:13 AM on November 3, 2013


Foghat- I Just Want to Make Love to You
posted by quiet coyote at 8:42 AM on November 3, 2013




Wooden Shjips
posted by Ironmouth at 9:36 AM on November 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


Normally, this is where I'd jump in to recommend the Warlocks, but while they meet the heavy/pscyedelic/sexy requirements, I've never thought of them as bluesy. But, if the Black Angels do it for you, they might work. You'll probably want to stick to the Phoenix album - it's their most directly derivative of the late 60s. I'd also normally recommend the Brian Jonestown Massacre, but they are generally not what I'd call heavy.

Dead Meadow seems more direct. Examples: 1 2 3 4 5

Give Dead Meadow link 1 at least to the 3 minute point.

Black Mountain
posted by LionIndex at 10:11 AM on November 3, 2013


Add Rory Gallagher to this list.
posted by a.mosquito at 10:24 AM on November 3, 2013 [3 favorites]


Spoon

Jack White's various projects
posted by domnit at 11:52 AM on November 3, 2013


Clutch. Bam.
posted by TheRedArmy at 12:49 PM on November 3, 2013




Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
Free - All Right Now
Pretty Things - Come See Me
Amboy Dukes - Baby Please Don't Go
QOTSA - No One Knows
Mott the Hoople - Walking with a Mountain, Thunderbuck Ram
posted by Bron at 1:25 PM on November 3, 2013


Paul Butterfield.

That is all.
posted by Kirth Gerson at 2:37 PM on November 3, 2013


Oh yum, my favorite music. I came in here to pretty much list exactly what soundguy99 did...so here's another great Joe Bonamassa track, and Susan Tedeschi.
posted by biscotti at 3:35 PM on November 3, 2013


This is my father's preference for music - and one thing he is quite taken with which I haven't seen mentioned is early ZZ Top. No, seriously - not the red-car, MTV-video ZZ Top, before then.

At least check out La Grange.
posted by EmpressCallipygos at 5:08 PM on November 3, 2013 [1 favorite]




She generally gets little love from the rock side of the blues/rock spectrum, and a lotta love from a lotta blues greats, but the girl has paid her dues, and has her dancin' shoes, and I'm here, again, to throw down Bonnie Raitt.
posted by paulsc at 7:06 PM on November 3, 2013 [1 favorite]


I know I'm late to the thread, but it looks like somehow nobody's mentioned Flower Travellin Band yet?
posted by Bigfoot Mandala at 7:35 PM on November 3, 2013


Scott Hiram Biram Y'all! Sexy? No. Hard? Yep!
posted by Che boludo! at 9:00 PM on November 3, 2013


When accused of making the same album 14 times in a row, the surprisingly deft retort from Angus Young was, "That's bullshit, we made the same album 16 times."
posted by flabdablet at 9:49 PM on November 3, 2013


I made a list of all the bands mentioned so far:



13th Floor Elevators
ACDC
Alabama Shakes
Amboy Dukes - Baby Please Don't Go
Bevis Frond
Big Sugar
Black Angels
Black Diamond Heavies - Fever in My Blood
Black Joe Lewis
Black Mountain
Black Pistol Fire
Bonnie Raitt
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Bridge of Sighs
Cactus
Chain
Clutch
Coco Montoya
Cream
Cream with Eric Clapton
Day of the Eagle
Dead Meadow
Deep Purple
Dinosaur Jr.
early ZZ Top
Elmore James - Done Somebody Wrong
Endless Boogie
Flower Travellin Band
Foghat- I Just Want to Make Love to You
Frank Marino & Mahogany Rush
Free - All Right Now
Funhouse
Gary Clark Jr.
Gary Moore
George Thorogood
Graveyard
Humble Pie -- e.g., Thirty Days in the Hole, I Don't Need No Doctor, Black Coffee.
Immortal Lee County Killers
Jack White's various projects
Jane's Addiction
Jimi Hendrix: Blues album
Joe Bonamassa
John Mayall
Johnny Winter: Highway 61
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion
Junkhouse
King Khan
Kings' X, Over My Head
Later Primal Scream
Lenny Kravitz's first two albums
Magic Dirt
MC5
Mott the Hoople - Walking with a Mountain, Thunderbuck Ram
Mountain
My Morning Jacket
Nazareth - Hair of the Dog
North Mississippi All-Stars
Pat Travers
Paul Butterfield
Pink Mountaintops
Pretty Things - Come See Me
QOTSA - No One Knows
R.L. Burnside
Robin Trower
Roky Erickson the Aliens
Rory Gallagher
Roy Buchanan
Savoy Brown
Scott Hiram Biram
Sleep
Soundgarden's Live on I-5
Spoon
Stevie Ray Vaughan
Susan Tedeschi
T. Rex
Tame Impala
Ten Years After, Cricklewood Green, Love Like a Man
The Animals' early stuff
The Beasts of Bourbon
The Black Angels
The Groundhogs-Thank Christ for the Bomb
The Jeff Beck Group: Truth & Beck-Ola
the Melvins
The Outskirts of Infinity
The Seeds
The Sonics
The Yardbirds
Too Rolling Stoned
Tool
Tumbleweed
Uriah Heep
Warlocks
Witch
Wolfmother
Wooden Ships
posted by goethean at 11:38 AM on November 4, 2013 [4 favorites]


Audioslave

Lydia Lunch & Rowland S. Howard's album Shotgun Wedding (Burning Skulls)
posted by K.P. at 11:51 AM on November 4, 2013


Another vote for Clutch. Electric Worry is about as heavy blues-rocky as you can get (what with it being an adaptation of a Mississippi Fred McDowell song).
posted by Turkey Glue at 3:05 PM on November 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


Jamaican bluesman Brushy One String
posted by Tom-B at 4:01 PM on November 4, 2013 [1 favorite]


ConsumptionPlease don't leave these guys out since Hendrix loved them and they recorded with the Black Keys.
posted by effluvia at 10:05 AM on November 5, 2013


Thanks so much everyone, I'm still going through and marking best answers. Keep 'em coming, my face is thoroughly rocked!
posted by capricorn at 3:50 PM on November 5, 2013


Didn't see anyone mention...

The Oblivians
Andre Williams
posted by hamsterdam at 12:15 AM on November 7, 2013


Just an example of Jack White playing blues rock:

The White Stripes - Ball and Biscuit
posted by WalkingAround at 7:54 AM on November 7, 2013


Late to the party as always, but ... I see no mention of the criminally underrated Duke Spirit, so thought I'd just leave these here: (1) Surrender; (2) Cuts Across the Land; (3) Love Is an Unfamiliar Name.

Also, since we're here, Archie Bronson Outfit: Cherry Lips (NSFW).

Drenge, Backwaters; Bloodsports.

White Hills, Pads of Light.

True Widow, Numb Hand; Jackyl.
posted by Sonny Jim at 3:33 AM on November 11, 2013


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