Jukejoint's set list leans heavily toward Classic Blues, British R&B and Americana and is frequently updated as we discover more tracks from favourite artists we want to include.
Influence and inspiration comes from many Blues musicians, some of whom are featured below.
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Born in the late 40's in Pomona, California, singer-songwriter Waits' gritty, often romantic depictions of the lives of the urban underclass won him a loyal - if limited - following, and the admiration of critics and prominent musicians who performed and recorded his songs.
Despite his middle-class roots, Waits was enamoured of the bohemian lifestyle depicted in Beat literature, and lived in his car or in seedy Los Angeles hotels as he embarked on his career.
His raspy vocals, delivered in his signature growl, evoked the late-night atmosphere of the smoky clubs in which he first performed in the late 1960's. Drawing on jazz, blues, pop, and avant-garde rock music, he combined offbeat orchestrations with his own piano and guitar playing, and stream-of-consciousness lyrics that reflected the influence of writers Jack Kerouac and Charles Bukowski.
Memphis Soul Legend Rufus Thomas was one of the most eccentric and charismatic artists and performers of the rhythm & blues scene.
In 1960 he began working with STAX Records where he recorded 'Cause I Love You with his daughter Carla Thomas, which helped launch the young soul label.
In 1963, STAX released Thomas' breakthrough Top 10 hit Walkin' the Dog, the first in a series of dance craze singles.
Thomas was influential in furthering the sound of Southern soul, introducing it to a global audience; The Rolling Stones recorded Walkin' the Dog on their debut album in 1964. It was widely considered the best song on their album.
Famous for creating the 'Bo Diddley beat' - a stripped down, beefed-up version of the big-band rhythm-and-blues chart-toppers of the '40s - Diddley created one of the most irresistible dance sounds of rock and roll. The 'Beat', similar to the 'hambone' became a musical standard in R&R, used in countless songs including Willie and the Hand Jive (Johnny Otis), I Want Candy (The Strangeloves), Magic Bus (The Who), She’s the One (Bruce Springsteen), Faith (George Michael), Mr. Brownstone (Guns N’ Roses) and How Soon is Now (The Smiths).
With his vast array of electric custom-built guitars, his use of female musicians, his wild stage shows, and his on-record and on-stage rapping, Diddley is acknowledged as one of the most widely-copied pioneers of rock'n'roll music.
The Paul Butterfield Band
Paul Butterfield was one of the first white musicians to gain acceptance and respect in the blues scene in Chicago of the '60s.
His powerful harp playing anchored his band which also featured Mike Bloomfield and Elvin Bishop, along with ex-Howlin' Wolf sidemen Jerome Arnold and Sam Lay. This made the Paul Butterfield Blues Band one of the first integrated bands in the blues.
Their first two albums proved instrumental in helping bringing the blues into the mainstream.