I don't have a specific answer in mind for this. To be clear, the "modern" in my question anything from The Beano album onwards. I'm looking for artists who pushed the genre in new directions. I have some thoughts: - Was it indeed The Beano album? Or did Clapton just add more gain to Freddie King's riffs? - All of the Three Kings put out some seminal works in the late 60s/early 70s, but were they innovative? (I think I'll Play The Blues For You is, but I'm a biased Albert King fan.) - What about Cream? They certainly played with the form. - Surely Hendrix would have to be considered. - Led Zeppelin? One could make the case that Led Zep II was a blues album. - AC/DC? - Motorhead? (going out on a limb here) - ZZ Top, especially with the Eliminator album? - The White Stripes / The Black Keys? Discuss. Tell me who I missed. Remember, I'm looking for innovators here - not just great guitarists.