Blues rock is a subgenre of rock which developed in the late-1960s and which emphasizes the traditional, three-chord blues song and instrumental improvisation. The first original blues rock artists such as Cream, the Paul Butterfield Blues Band and Canned Heat actually borrowed the idea of combining an instrumental combo with loud amplification from rock and roll, and also attempted to play long, involved improvisations which were commonplace on jazz records and live blues shows. As blues rock gained popularity, bands that followed immediately were louder and more riff-oriented, giving birth to both heavy metal and Southern rock, which both used basic blues riffs and featured extended solos. In the early 1970s, the lines between blues rock and hard rock were barely visible, as bands including ZZ Top began recording rock-oriented albums that tended to obscure their blues roots. However, blues rock soon distinguished itself from hard rock and acts continued to play or rewrite blues standards, as well as write their own songs in the same idiom. In the 1980s and 1990s, blues rock was more roots-oriented than in the 1960s and 1970s, even when artists such as the Fabulous Thunderbirds and Stevie Ray Vaughan flirted with rock stardom.
Solo artists are listed alphabetically by last name, and groups are listed alphabetically by the first letter (not including the prefix "the", "a" or "an").
Furniss, Matters (2012). Aerosmith – Uncensored on the Record. Coda Books Ltd. ISBN978-0-7434-4876-5. "A combination of balls-out rock and roll and well-defined blues influences, Aerosmith could still be deemed a success in that it laid the foundations for the band's signature blues rock sound."
^ abAdelt 2010, p. 137: Vaughan's short career and highly publicized death in a plane crash in 1990 accelerated the careers of a number of white blues-rock guitarists like Walter Trout and Joe Bonamassa.
^Sanneh, Kelefa (16 November 2006). "What Is Ailing Pop Music? Depends Whom You Ask". The New York Times. Retrieved 16 September 2014. "Doyle Bramhall II, a blues-rock guitarist and singer, talks about his frustrating years in the music industry."
^Hoffmann 2005, p. 598: Their laid-back blues-rock, accented by subtle, often sly, lyrics and Mark Knopfler's Dylanesque vocals, was nearly overwhelmed by the flood of disco and punk (later, postpunk) recordings beginning in the late 1970s.
^Perkins, Jeff (2011). Rainbow – Uncensored on the Record. Coda Books. ISBN978-1-908538-57-4. "Elf was essentially a blues-rock band performing material that gave Dio the perfect opportunity to display his impressive vocal talent"
^Hasudungan, Putera (10 April 2011). "Gugun Blues Shelter: Reviving blues". The Jakarta Post. Retrieved 1 November 2013. "Perhaps, he said, GBS didn’t play pure blues as widely known in Delta, Mississippi backed in 1930s. But, at least they played with their blues-rock."
Deming, Mark. "Warren Haynes – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 17 September 2014. "Top blues rock sideman of the '80s on, whose solo work reflects his wide breadth of interest."
^Marten, Neville (2007). Guitar Heaven: The Most Famous Guitars to Electrify Our World. Collins Design. p. 10. ISBN978-0-06-135944-6. "Cream and The Jimi Hendrix Experience were both three-piece blues-rock bands but, whereas Clapton with his Gibson SG or ES-335 made huge, dark, distorted tones, Hendrix's Strat was generally cleaner and sweeter."
^Cooper, Kim; Smay, David (2005). Lost in the Grooves: Scram's Capricious Guide to the Music You Missed. Routledge. ISBN0-415-96998-0. "The heaviest blues rock in Houston, Josefus was a fabled freeshow monster"
^Ratiner, Tracie (2007). Contemporary Musicians: Profiles of the People in Music61. Gale. p. 109. "A rarity in the modern music business, the Los Lonely Boys are a free-wheeling blues-rock outfit that have built a national reputation on the Adult Contemporary charts."
"John Mayall – No More Interviews". Billboard (Nielsen Business Media) 91 (49): 64. 8 December 1979. ISSN0006-2510. "A veteran of the rock wars and an innovator in the blues-rock vein, Mayall returns with a stylish blend of rock and blues."
^Skelly, Richard. "Popa Chubby – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 16 September 2014. "A blues-rock veteran known for his blistering live shows, working-man politics, and fierce Hendrix covers."
^Britannica Book of the Year 2012. Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc. 2012. p. 275. ISBN978-1-61535-618-8. "Hirsute Canadian blues-rock quartet the Sheepdogs became the first unsigned act to grace the cover of Rolling Stone magazine after winning a readers' contest."
^Buckley 2003, p. 1004: the band re-emerged with the British hit single "Down The Dustpipe" (1970), which signalled their move towards twelve-bar blues-rock.
^Hoffmann, Frank (2005). Encyclopedia of Recorded Sound2. Routledge. p. 875. ISBN0-415-93835-X. "Status Quo had their first hits with Pye, and their debut hit, the psychedelic cult classic "Pictures of Matchstick Men" showed very few hints of the hard working-class blues-rock band they were to evolve into the next decade"
^Dillon, Charlotte. "David Wilcox – Artist Biography". AllMusic. All Media Network. Retrieved 14 November 2013. "After a few years, Wilcox decided to move on and formed a band called the Teddybears, before trying his luck at performing solo, doing both blues-rock and roots rock at the time."
^Blake, Mark (2011). Is This the Real Life?: The Untold Story of Queen. Da Capo Press. p. 111. ISBN978-0-306-81959-9. "Previously Queen had supported Wishbone Ash, the denizens of progressive blues-rock, notable for having two lead guitarists."