It’s no secret that the blues informed rock and roll; the earliest iterations of the latter can be traced to the former, from Chuck Berry to Elvis Presley. While rock and roll is a mainstay on the radio and has inspired millions of youth worldwide to pick up an instrument and make some noise, the machinations and methodology of that art form are most often inspired by the classic blues musicians of old. With that in mind, we here at Goliath have researched and listed 10 influential blues albums that played an immeasurable role in the development of the rock and roll we know and love today.
10. The Definitive Blind Willie McTell (1994) – Willie McTell
This collection features the defining works of one Blind Willie McTell, a hugely influential artist who counts Bob Dylan and Jack White amongst his biggest fans. A pioneer of fingerstyle and slide guitar, Willie McTell was fundamental in the development of the ragtime blues genre, a genre which combined rhythmic, gospel qualities with intricate finger picking to create complex melodies. McTell’s influence on a variety of artists cannot be overstated, with his track “Statesboro Blues” being covered by both the Allman Brothers and the White Stripes, with the White Stripes going so far as to dedicate their album De Stijl to McTell. The listed collection features the best McTell has to offer and is a must-listen for any rock fan looking to delve into the musical foundation of their chosen genre.