Help Me Find Some Fresh Blues-Rock?

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  1. Crashbelt

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    Blues/rock has been my favourite genre for seeing live music for years - ever since the SRV era, and its some of what I play with my band too.

    But I saw Matt Schofield and Kenny Wayne Shepherd's bands last night in Edinburgh and was bored.

    Over the last 18 months or so I've seen Bonamassa, Joanne Shaw-Taylor, Ainsley Lister, Dan Patlansky, Marcus Bonafanti, King King and others (you may be less familiar with some of those outside the UK) as well.

    Despite the guitarists' great virtuosity and full-on committed playing, I feel a bit tired of the lack of musical creativity, over-reliance on the same old soloing tricks, cliched banal blues/rock lyrics, absence of decent songs and often bored-looking band members.

    There must be some players out there that I don't know so I'd really appreciate your advice on who to check out. My criteria would be:

    1. Some good songs, with decent lyrics, which aren't just a vehicle for soloing. Where the guitar playing complements rather than dominates the song.
    2. Bands that really work together to create a vibe, rather than side-men (or women) just brought together to support the soloist.
    3. Inventive Guitar playing that avoids the usual virtuosic cliches.

    It could be that I'm just over-exposed to blues/rock genre, or that the genre has pretty much had its day, but I would love you to suggest some artists to prove me wrong.
     
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    Big Head Todd and the Monsters. Old or new albums. Or better yet, see them live.
     
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    A good bass player can turn a blues/rock band into something special

     
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    Tedeschi Trucks Band. Susan Tedeschi and Derek Trucks. Full Band; horns and all. Their live show is the equal or better of anything they've recorded, IMHO.

    Wide range, from classics to their own stuff. Looking at their current tour schedule, they probably won't be in England until next February, but might be worth checking out.

     
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    I’m into Blue and Rock. Don’t get me wrong.

    But Fresh and Blues-rock are not compatible terms.

    When I need fresh I take a break from all that and listen to new and fresh....uh hip hop and electronic music. Then I come back around to B-R and it sounds badass again.
     
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    Marcus King Band maybe? He’s a great player, but I feel like his albums are more song-oriented than just being a vehicle for soloing. Not sure if I’m getting your idea of the genre right though.

    I like Band of Heathens a lot too, but again - not sure if that’s really what you’re looking for.
     
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    I concur wholeheartedly!

    Blues has become cliche.... Some stellar technical players but few have much heart to my ears. I think it got formulaic in the 80's and hasn't broken free. Light blues like Robert Cray paved the way for an entire generation of boring blues players.....

    Somewhere along the line the idea blues was supposed to make you dance was lost and it became testosterone fueling rave ups....

    Last truly inspiring blues player I saw was Buddy Guy ~1987......

    I try every few months to plug in the blues channel on Tidal or Sirius but quickly lose interest....

    TEX
     
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    Allman Betts Band?
     
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    Big Head Todd is a good suggestion. YouTube these folks if you're not already familiar - see what you like:

    Samantha Fish

    Anders Osborne

    Robert Randolph

    Gary Clark Jr

    Larkin Poe
     
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    Bonamassa solo doesn't really move the needle for me, but within the construct of Black Country Communion, hell yes.
    Long-winded way of saying you should give BCC a listen if you haven't already.
     
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    There isn't any. It's all derivative and blues-rock is as tired as it gets.

    I'm only half kidding.

    They aren't new, but you might not have listened to Southern Culture on the Skids. Fun stuff. Checks all yer boxes:

    1. Some good songs, with decent lyrics, which aren't just a vehicle for soloing. Where the guitar playing complements rather than dominates the song.
    2. Bands that really work together to create a vibe, rather than side-men (or women) just brought together to support the soloist.
    3. Inventive Guitar playing that avoids the usual virtuosic cliches.
     
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