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Crowder

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I'm in a band that is playing some blues. I've always appreciated blues but never really been a student of the real source material. I've gotten my blues second hand through SRV, Hendrix, Anson Funderburgh, etc.

I want to make a list of 15-20 mid- to up-tempo blues songs that people can dance to, the kind of stuff you'd hear in a blues club in Chicago or Austin or Memphis or New Orleans. I love that stuff when I'm there, but I forget the names of the tunes in the fog that follows. :drink

Examples would be "Let Me Love You Baby" or "Don't Start Me Talkin'." I need a bunch more like that. What do you have for me?
 

dumbell78

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If its dance type blues: maybe Roy Buchanan's "Im a Ram", Freddie King's "Big Legged Woman". Those two off the top of my head really get ppl moving.
 

JSeth

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Nice thing about the blues, especially old standards, is that you can arrange 'em anyway you want! That opens up the field considerably...

"You Can't Judge a Book (by looking at the cover)" - Big Bill Broonzy (although frequently credited to Willie Dixon, but I understand he "bought" a bunch of tunes that he gets credit for...?)

"I Just Want to Make Love to You" - Willie Dixon

"Killing Floor" - Howlin' Wolf (both Hendrix and Bloomfield's Electric Flag did nice versions of this one...)

If you're like me, a basically middle-class white man, it may be difficult to find tunes you can really sing and OWN as yours... because, frankly, when I woke up this mornin' - things didn't look so bad... LOL!
 

gstan

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Born Under A Bad Sign
Tore Down
Rendevous With The Blues
Sweet Home Chicago
She's A Burglar
Hold On I'm Coming
Riding With The King
Mustang Sally
Crosscut Saw
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teleman1

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Mustang Sally
A Bo Diddly tune, there's a few.
Some of the stuff from Peter Greens Fleetwood Mac is very good for your needs
The Blues Brothers first Album has all Blues & R&B drenched tunes. "Hey Bartender" for instance.
 

Twangmaster

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type in "Blues Rock" on Pandora.. take notes.

I've been getting lots of good ideas on tunes to cover doing that... I'll just type in a song title, and see what the great cyber-brain comes up with.
 
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The singer needs to pick songs he can put across with conviction, or forget it. That's how it goes with blues music. When some suburban, caucasian-type who just got outta his three-piece Brooks Bros (f'rinstance; I'm not saying that's you) minutes before getting on stage is up there trying to emote "I'm your backdoor man", he'd better believe it, or no one else will.
 

seantk

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Messin With the Kid by Junior Wells is a great song to play

Tramp By Lowell Fulson is a great one too
 
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small axe

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stormy monday,
the thrill is gone
one bourbon one scotch one beer
the sky is crying
worried life blues
 

sundaypunch

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Mercury Blues.


Great uptempo jam song that will fill the dance floor.

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OldSchool

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SRV:

Pride & Joy
Love struck baby
Crossfire

Tommy castro:
Can't keep a good man Down
Exception to the rule

Jimmy Vaughn:
boom bapa boom

Storyville:
Good day for the blues

Jimmy and Stevie:
Hard to be

Jimmy Thackary:
cool guitars
honey Hush

Jeff Healy:
Thats what they say
confidence man

Johnny Winter :
Johnny Guitar

Robin trower:
Too rolling stoned

Los Lonely Boys :
Heaven
Heart won't tell a Lie
 






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