This really has me baffled. I have seen and know of several guitar players that played metal, country, etc... that one day decided to be a blues artists. How does someone do this without coming across as being a poser? One player I know switched from country to blues because the blues community is very supportive of one another and his country career was fizzling out. He still sounds country but is playing the blues and I can't help but think that he is seen as a poser within the blues community. Another was a total shred head from the 90's and is on the blues wagon as well and is doing ok. I am best described as a "variety player" as I have played just about every style in different bands throughout the years. But I really can't say I am a rock, country, pop, reggae or a blues guitarist because I don't embrace one style. I would be embarrassed to death announce next week that I am now playing blues and entering the blues scene as I feel I would be outed instantly because I was posing. (Just my thought) I really don't have a look that is usually associated with the blues as well. I have the right guitars and amps, but I would still feel as if I wouldn't be accepted if I decided to make the change. So, I am curious what are your thoughts on guys doing this? Are they automatically accepted? Do they have to "pay their dues"? How long and what do they have to do to be accepted to the blues scene and not be seen as a poser? Also what are the prerequisites to make the transition? BTW, I have no intention of doing this. I am just curious about the thoughts are of someone in this scene and you see this happen. I cringe when I see a guitarist throw his hat in the blues scene when their background as a player had absolutely nothing to do with the blues at all. What do they have to do to legitimately pull it off?