Top 100 Country Blues Favorites (1960s to today)

These are my personal favorite country blues and acoustic blues records because people have repeatedly asked me to advise them. They are not compiled from musicological research but they are albums that I own and love. As a disclaimer, I should say that I have always felt it presumptuous for anyone to make a list and call it “definitive” simply based on their own perspective. This is just personal opinion, that’s all.

  1. Blind Connie Williams – Philadelphia Street Singer – Testament
  2. Snooks Eaglin – Country Boy in New Orleans – Arhoolie
  3. Muddy Waters – Folk Singer – Chess
  4. Ry Cooder – Boomer’s Story – Warner Brothers
  5. Mississippi Big Joe Williams and his Nine String Guitar – Smithsonian Folkways
  6. Mississippi John Hurt – Avalon Blues 1963 – Rounder
  7. Big Bill Broonzy – Trouble in Mind – Smithsonian Folkways
  8. Brownie McGhee and Sonny Terry Sing – Smithsonian Folkways
  9. Snooks Eaglin – New Orleans Street Singer – Smithsonian Folkways
  10. Philadelphia Jerry Ricks – Deep in the Well – Rooster Records
  11. The Best of Mississippi Fred McDowell – Arhoolie
  12. Brownie McGhee – Sings the Blues – Smithsonian Folkways
  13. John Lee Hooker – The Country Blues of John Lee Hooker – Riverside
  14. Brownie McGhee Blues – Sings – Smithsonian Folkways
  15. Big Joe Williams and Short Stuff Macon – Hell Bound and Heaven Sent- Smithsonian Folkways
  16. Bonnie Raitt – Give it up – Warner Brothers
  17. Bukka White – Big Daddy – Biograph
  18. Woody Guthrie – Dust Bowl Ballads – Rounder (yeah, it’s blues to my ears)
  19. Josh White – Free and Equal Blues – Smithsonian Folkways
  20. Joseph Spence – Good Morning Mr. Walker – Arhoolie (yeah, it’s blues to my ears)
  21. Big Bill Broonzy – House Rent Stomp – Blues Encore
  22. Lightnin’ Hopkins – How Many More Year I Got – Fantasy
  23. Mississippi John Hurt – Legend – Rounder
  24. Mance Lipscomb – Live at the Cable – Arhoolie
  25. Blind Mississippi Morris and Brad Webb – Back Porch Blues – Boogie Barbecue
  26. James Cotton – Deep in the Blues – Verve
  27. Honeyboy Edwards – Delta Bluesman – Indigo
  28. Little Sammy Davis – I ain’t lyin’ – Delmark
  29. Rev. Gary Davis – If I had my way – Smithsonian Folkways
  30. Furry Lewis – Voice and Guitar – Smithsonian Folkways
  31. Son House – The Legendary Son House: Father Of Folk Blues – Columbia
  32. Big Joe Williams – Blues on Highway 49 – Delmark
  33. Little Whitt and Big Bo – Moody Swamp Blues- Vent Records
  34. Taj Mahal – The Natchl Blues – Columbia/Legacy
  35. Brownie McGhee – The Folkways Years – 1945-1959 – Smithsonian Folkays
  36. Pink Anderson – Carolina Medicine Show Hokum & Blues – Smithsonian Fokways
  37. Son House & JD Short – Blues from the Mississippi Delta – Smithsonian Folkways
  38. Sleep John Estes – Newport Blues – Delmark
  39. John Jackson – Country Blues & Ditties – Arhoolie
  40. John Jackson – Front Porch Blues – Alligator
  41. Maria Muldauer – Richland Woman Blues – Stony Plain
  42. Archie Edwards – The Toronto Sessions – Northern Blues
  43. Arthel “Doc” Watson – Country Blues Collection 1964-1998 – Sugarhill Records
  44. James Blood Ulmer – The Sun Sessions – Label M pulse
  45. Guitar Gabriel – Deep in the South – Music Maker
  46. Taj Mahal- The Best of Taj Mahal – Columbia
  47. Ed Gerhard – Sunnyland – Virtue Records
  48. Memphis Slim – The Folkways Years – 1959-1973 – Smithsonian Folkways
  49. Bob Dylan – World Gone Wrong – Columbia
  50. Lonnie Pitchford – All Around Man – Rooster Blues
  51. Robert Belfour – What’s Wrong with You – Fat Possum
  52. Sonny Boy Williamson – King Biscuit Time – Arhoolie
  53. Kenny Neal & Billy Branch – Double Take – Alligator
  54. Tony Furtado – Roll my blues away – Rounder
  55. Washboard Chaz & Roberto Luti – Trio – Dog Days – Corrugated Records
  56. Howard Armstrong – Louis Bluie – Arhoolie
  57. Jesse Mae Hemphill – She-Wolf – HMG HighTone
  58. Guy Davis – Chocolate to the Bone – Red House
  59. Elizabeth Cotten – Shake Sugaree – Smithsonian Folkways
  60. Cephas & Wiggins – Homemade – Alligator
  61. Alvin Youngblood Hart – Big Mana’s Door- Okeh
  62. Keb’ Mo’- Keb’ Mo’ – Okeh
  63. Jimmy Thackery & John Mooney – Sideways in Paradise – Blind Pig
  64. Otis Taylor – White African – Northern Blues
  65. Ted Hawkins – The Next Hundred Years – DGC
  66. Kelly Joe Phellps- Lead Me On – Burnside
  67. John Hammond – John Hammond – Rounder
  68. John Hammond – Frogs for Snakes – Rounder
  69. Sheila Wilcoxson – Backwater Blues – Burnside Records
  70. Blind Mississippi Morris – You Know I like that – Icehouse Records
  71. Snookey Pryor – Shake my Hand – Blind Pig
  72. John Long – Lost & Found – DeltaGroove
  73. Buddy Guy & Junior Wells – Alone and Acoustic – Alligator
  74. Lil’ Son Jackson – Blues Come to Texas – Arhoolie
  75. Corey Harris – Fish Ain’t Bitin’ – Alligator
  76. Robert Lockwood, Jr. – Delta Crossroads – Telarc
  77. Paul Geremia – The Devil’s Music – Red House
  78. Jimmy “Duck” Holmes – Back to Betonia – Broke & Hungry Records
  79. Cootie Stark – Sugar Man – Music Maker
  80. Paul Oscher – Alone with the Blues – Electro-Fi
  81. CW Stoneking – Jungle Blues – King Hokum Records
  82. Toby Walker – Shake, Shake Mama – Bugpie Music
  83. Buddy Guy – Blues Singer – Silvertone
  84. Eric Bibb – Good Stuff – Opus (Sweden)
  85. Doug MacLeod – Come to Find – Audioquest
  86. Ernie Payne – Coercion Street – Crossroads
  87. Paul Rishell & Annie Raines – I want you to know – Tone Cool
  88. Leon Redbone – Lazy River – Rounder
  89. Chris Smither – Small Revelations- Hightone
  90. Roy Book Binder – Live at the Fur Peace Station- Peg Leg Records
  91. Catfish Keith – Jitterbug Swing – Fishtail Records
  92. Rory Block – Gone Woman Blues – Rounder
  93. Harry Manx – Dog My Cat – Northern Blues
  94. Chris Cotton – I Watched the Devil Die – Yellow Dog
  95. David Jacobs Strain – Ocean for a Teardrop – Northern Blues
  96. Colin Linden – Big Mouth – Accord
  97. Maria Muldauer – Sweet Lovin’ Ol’ Soul – Stony Plain
  98. Anders Osborne – Living Room – Shanachie Records
  99. Stan Hirsch – Covered in Blues
  100. K.C. Douglas – Mercury Blues – Arhoolie