LeeCo Radio 1 is a Spotify playlist featuring 100 tracks that offer an eclectic mix of blues, electric blues, and blues rock. It’s mostly upbeat and energetic to keep you from falling asleep while you listen to it. You’ll hear classic blues artists like Bo Diddley, Howlin’ Wolf, Muddy Waters, Freddie King, John Lee Hooker, and Elmore James, but you’ll also hear blues-based rock tracks by bands like Canned Heat and Humble Pie. There are also modern blues and blues rock tracks by artists like Dan Auerbach, Tedeschi Trucks Band, The Black Keys, Cedric Burnside, and MANY others. Whether you’re a fan of Chicago Blues, Texas Blues, Boogie-Woogie, or Neo Blues, you’ll probably enjoy having LeeCo Radio 1 playing in your car, truck, restaurant, or home office.
The playlist changes every week or so, so save your favorite tracks before they disappear.
And, just in case you’re somehow unfamiliar with blues music, here’s a brief description courtesy of Wikipedia:
Blues is a music genre and musical form which was originated in the Deep South of the United States around the 1860s by African-Americans from roots in African-American work songs, and spirituals. Blues incorporated spirituals, work songs, field hollers, shouts, chants, and rhymed simple narrative ballads. The blues form, ubiquitous in jazz, rhythm and blues and rock and roll, is characterized by the call-and-response pattern, the blues scale and specific chord progressions, of which the twelve-bar blues is the most common. Blue notes (or “worried notes”), usually thirds, fifths or sevenths flattened in pitch are also an essential part of the sound. Blues shuffles or walking bass reinforce the trance-like rhythm and form a repetitive effect known as the groove.
Blues as a genre is also characterized by its lyrics, bass lines, and instrumentation. Early traditional blues verses consisted of a single line repeated four times. It was only in the first decades of the 20th century that the most common current structure became standard: the AAB pattern, consisting of a line sung over the four first bars, its repetition over the next four, and then a longer concluding line over the last bars. Early blues frequently took the form of a loose narrative, often relating the racial discrimination and other challenges experienced by African-Americans.