Top 10 White Blues Musicians


The Top Ten

1 Stevie Ray Vaughan Stevie Ray Vaughan Stephen "Stevie" Ray Vaughan (October 3, 1954 – August 27, 1990) was an American musician, singer, songwriter, and record producer. In spite of a short-lived mainstream career spanning seven years, he is widely considered one of the most influential electric guitarists in the history of music, and more.

I love his voice; love his songs but it's the way he makes that guitar sing. Wow! Incredibly exciting. Butterfield on harp and Vaughan on guitar.. a pleasure that would have been to hear. - Britgirl

I ts the whole package and how he could take on anyone's style and make it his own and beyond. Pure magic! Listen to Tin Pan Alley and every note, every pause he made it perfect.

On a different note there is a lady out there that is a modern day SRV and it is her whole package and her vision of her music that is pure magic. Her name is Samantha Fish. She is awesome. If any of you get chance see her live. Just amazing!

2 Paul Butterfield Paul Butterfield

Essential to the respect so many rockers pay the blues.

I love him! He isn't the best blues vocalist ever but there is just something about his voice that makes me love listening to him. And then of course there's the way he plays that's hypnotic... - Britgirl

3 Eric Clapton Eric Clapton Eric Patrick Clapton is an English rock and blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is the only three-time inductee to the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame: once as a solo artist and separately as a member of the Yardbirds and Cream. He has also been a member of Derek and the Dominos.

Just wow..

Best ever

4 Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa Joe Bonamassa is an American blues rock guitarist, singer and songwriter. When he was only 12 years old, Bonamassa opened for B.B. King. He was born 8th May 1977. He is known to be one of the greatest blues guitarists ever.

One of the best

5 Jeff Healey Jeff Healey Norman Jeffrey "Jeff" Healey was a Canadian jazz and blues-rock vocalist, guitarist, and songwriter who attained musical and personal popularity, particularly in the 1980s and 1990s.

Found this guy through some of Britgirl's comments and lists. Him and his band are amazing. - BrianScott01

6 Charlie Musselwhite Charlie Musselwhite

...Or one of them. There're too many great white sharks of Blues out there to choose (not that I mind one little bit, of course:) I voted Charlie because, one, his harp playing is second only to one (Paul Butterfield) and two, his slurry vocals are extremely lovely on the ears. - Britgirl

Have much soul

7 Bonnie Raitt Bonnie Raitt
8 Mike Bloomfield Mike Bloomfield

Rip one of the greatest of all time

9 John Mayall John Mayall John Mayall is an English blues singer, guitarist, organist and songwriter, whose musical career spans over fifty years.
10 Jimmy Page Jimmy Page James Patrick Page is an English musician, songwriter, and record producer who achieved international success as the guitarist and founder of the rock band Led Zeppelin.

The Contenders

11 Keith Richards Keith Richards Keith Richards is an English musician—primarily a guitarist—singer, songwriter, best-selling memoirist, and founding member of the rock band The Rolling Stones.

Keith is the man. and the stones were the greatest of the blues-rock artists of the 60's-70's. the man

12 Robby Krieger Robby Krieger Robert Alan "Robby" Krieger is an American guitarist and singer-songwriter best known as the guitarist of the rock band the Doors, and as such has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Do it Robby do it!

13 Johnny Winter Johnny Winter John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American musician, singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer.

Winter was the real deal, not a poser like many.

#16? No - #1!

One of the bests

14 Joanne Shaw Taylor Joanne Shaw Taylor Joanne Shaw Taylor is a British blues rock guitarist and singer who was discovered by Dave Stewart of the Eurythmics at the age of 16. The British music publication Blues Matters! called Taylor "the new face of the blues".
15 Peter Green Peter Green Peter Green is a British blues rock guitarist. As the founder of Fleetwood Mac, he was inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1998.

Please compare his version of "The Stumble" with Gary Moore. More importantly, compare "I got a good mind to give up living" (Youtube: I've Got A Mind To Give Up Living/ All Over Again Warehouse". Then compare with B.B. King. Now tell me who was the best guitarist and singer. Tell me who touches your soul.

16 Duane Allman Duane Allman Howard Duane Allman was an American guitarist, session musician, and co-founder and leader of the Allman Brothers Band until his death in a motorcycle crash in 1971, when he was 24 years old.


I totally forgot about him. - BrianScott01

17 Roy Buchanan Roy Buchanan

People don't much about him.. But his notes are magic.

18 Gregg Allman Gregg Allman
19 Jack White Jack White John Anthony "Jack" White is an American singer and songwriter. He is best known as the lead singer and guitarist of the duo The White Stripes, but has also had success in other bands and as a solo artist.
20 Jonny Lang Jonny Lang Jonny Lang is an American blues, gospel, and rock singer, songwriter, guitarist and recording artist.

Most passion I've ever witnessed live

21 Rory Gallagher Rory Gallagher William Rory Gallagher was an Irish blues and rock multi-instrumentalist, songwriter, and bandleader.
22 Gary Moore Gary Moore Robert William Gary Moore was a Northern Irish musician, most widely recognised as a singer, songwriter, and virtuoso rock and blues guitarist.

Bull in a China shop blues. Probably the best guitarist I've ever heard.

23 Jimmie Rodgers

Jimmie Rodgers not only was the godfather of country music, he was one of the first musicians to bring blues to the mainstream. The man was around during the classic depression era of blues music. His guitar playing was very blues inspired and he did his own unique vocal style of yodeling to bring the blues out.

24 Billy Gibbons Billy Gibbons William Frederick "Billy" Gibbons is an American musician, singer, songwriter, producer, and actor, best known as the guitarist and lead vocalist of the American rock band ZZ Top.
25 Janis Joplin Janis Joplin Janis Joplin (1943-1970) was an American singer who rose to fame as the main singer of acid band Big Brother and the Holding Company. She was known for her eccentric hippie style and psychedelic rock music.
26 John Mayer John Mayer John Clayton Mayer is an American singer-songwriter, guitarist, and record producer. Born in Bridgeport, Connecticut, Mayer attended Berklee College of Music in Boston, but disenrolled and moved to Atlanta in 1997 with Clay Cook. Together, they formed a short-lived two-man band called Lo-Fi Masters.

Highly underrated due to his personality. Shame on shortsighted Philistines!

27 Alan Wilson

Underrated young genius

Singer-songwriter-guitarist-harmonica-player from Canned Heat. had a bookish and intellectual approach to blues & boogie woogie and sang in an off-beat Nina Simone-like counter-tenor. his sound is sometimes haunting given the knowledge that he suffered from severe depression and overdosed at 27.

28 Kenny Wayne Shepherd
29 Mick Taylor Mick Taylor Michael Kevin Taylor is an English musician, best known as a former member of John Mayall's Bluesbreakers and the Rolling Stones.

One of the most underrated Stones. Underpaid too. Great guitar solos, riffs, contribution to the band and he only got paid 300 grand from them. - BrianScott01

30 George Thorogood
31 Alvin Lee Alvin Lee Alvin Lee was an English singer and guitarist, best known as the lead vocalist and lead guitarist of the blues rock band Ten Years After.
32 Seasick Steve
33 Kim Simmonds
34 Chris Caine

Great guitar player and singer mostly influenced by BB King style.

35 Paul Rodgers Paul Rodgers Paul Bernard Rodgers is an English singer, songwriter and musician, best known for his success in the 1960s and 1970s as vocalist of Free and Bad Company.

Can't go past this magnificent singer and songwriter as one of the greatest blues artists.

36 King Biscuit Boy King Biscuit Boy
37 Albert Cummings
38 Elvin Bishop Elvin Bishop
39 John Martyn John Martyn John Martyn, OBE, born as Iain David McGeachy, was a British singer-songwriter and guitarist. Over a 40-year career, he released 21 studio albums, working with artists such as Eric Clapton, David Gilmour and Phil Collins.
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Updated 1 Nov 2018

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Top Remixes

1. Paul Butterfield
2. Charlie Musselwhite
3. Bonnie Raitt
1. Stevie Ray Vaughan
2. Eric Clapton
3. Paul Butterfield


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