I came to the blues through the back door. I had big hair , ear rings, dressed like a circus clown, and listened to really bad '80 metal. Led Zeppelin began the process of turning me towards the blues, then the Stones, then Stevie Ray Vaughan. After Stevie Ray, the transition became more natural. Stevie brought me to Alber King, Albert Collins and on & on. My favorite for overall blues vibe is Muddy Waters, my favorite straight blues GUITARIST is Freddie King. Though I can't seem to get enough of straight electric blues, My train stop is in the '70's. I LOVE what '70's rock 'n' roll did with the blues... My favorite being Humble Pie. The thing that brought me to this forum is the fact that I'm sick of taking abuse from a generation of know-nothings trying to deny the roots of their music. I fail to understand why it's considered a "bad" thing to admit or recognise the effect that the blues has had on modern popular music. (I'm sure we'll talk about this at a more appropriate time). It's nice to be surrounded by people of common interests.