Radio Station Format Definition: Blues
These are stations that primarily play Blues music, a uniquely American genre
that developed in the South from a long tradition of African
spirituals and work songs.
Although quite simple in nature, the Blues have evolved into
different sub-genres, depending on the regions to which it migrated
and the different artists which it influenced. Depending on the
stations they will feature different mixes of the Blues in its various
forms, from the earliest recordings preserved on rare scratchy
records, to its later jazzier, more electrical incarnations.
Stations that predominantly play Blues music are rare, but many
college, and public radio stations devote segments of their
programming to blues music.
Typical artists heard on these stations include:
Howlin' Wolf, Robert Johnson, Johnny Otis, Lightnin' Hopkins,
Louis Jordan, Smokey Wilson, John Lee Hooker, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Taj
Mahal, Elmore James, Memphis Jug Band, Muddy Waters, B.B. King
See also: Americana, College, Gospel Music, Public Radio