164 artists, 3139 songs
Most prominent blues artists in the new millennium understand the tradition of the blues but don't necessarily feel compelled to repeat history. Artists like R.L. Burnside and John Hammond, Jr. offer albums where gritty attitude and passionate performances mingle with slick modern production techniques. Even traditional-minded artists like Marcia Ball, James Cotton, Otis Taylor and perennial-favorite B.B. King continue to discover new ways to make the blues sound fresh, ensuring that the blues will live on for many decades to come.