Blues has always been around, but in recent years we’ve seen an almighty resurgence in incredible blues players - from fresh young cats to established blues masters - hence we’ve introduced this brand new category for 2017.
Every guitarist shortlisted below channels the originators, whilst laying their own style over the foundations. The result is a collection of players responsible for some of the most soulful, real guitar playing we’ve heard in years.
Is blues on your radar? If so, let us know who gets your motor runnin’ with a vote for your favourite.
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