No blues satisfies my soul more than slow burning blues. These songs, many with extended, improvised guitar solos that often unfold at a snail's pace allow the finger-picker to stretch out and show off his chops. Intense but smoldering guitar work played by virtuosos, often supported by jazzy organ or piano fills and understated vocals, are a hallmark of the genre.
Electric blues sounds like rock music to many people and acoustic blues is often thought of as folk music but real music fans know blues when they hear it. The genre is not easy to explain but honesty is its most important component.
The easiest way to understand and fall in love with this highly emotional music born in America's deep South is by simply listening to the masters below play their hearts out. Stevie Ray Vaughan's Austin City Limits performance is particularly outstanding.