My recent thread about a blues jam brought about a comment which I interpreted as saying that the blues is dead because no one is innovating within the genre. I think it's true that too many blues players are basically recycling within a well-established formula. How many 12 bar blues songs do we need? On the other hand, if you get too far away from the formula, maybe it's not blues anymore? Cream was incredibly innovative in its time. Playing Cream songs is not innovative. So who's doing something creative in a style that could still be called blues? I've got a short list: Ben Harper Tedeschi Trucks Gary Clark, Jr. Little Feat (I would have guessed they're no longer in existence, web site says they're playing gigs in 2020) Grateful Dead related bands--much of their music is based on jug bands from the 20s and early 30's--but no longer innovating Keb Mo Less well know acoustic guitarist Catfish Keith Who else should be on this list?