Soulful Blues

 In Abstracts, Acrylics, Red's Art, The Blues

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Medium: Acrylic

Original sizes:
  • 36" x 60"
  • 60" x 36"
Print sizes:
  • 36" x 48"
  • 30" x 40"
  • 24" x 48"
  • 24" x 36"
  • 18" x 36"
  • 24" x 30"
  • 18" x 24"
  • 12" x 24"
  • 48" x 36"
  • 40" x 30"
  • 48" x 24"
  • 36" x 24"
  • 36" x 18"
  • 30" x 24"
  • 24" x 18"
  • 24" x 12"

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Soulful Blues or Soul Blues is one of the many different types of blues. For, soul blues is a style of blues music developed in the late 1960s and early 1970s that combines elements of soul music and urban contemporary music. Perhaps one of the most modern forms of blues, Soul-Blues fuses disparate elements of black popular music to create a wholly urban amalgam of its own.

Soulful Blues Abstract by Red, Room Setting

Additionally, artists who wanted to move stylistically beyond the three-chord confines of conventional blues forms found the rhythm & blues strain of the 1950s and the southern soul style of the mid-’60s far more to their creative liking. Even, singers and musicians who grew up listening to the traditional electric blues of artists such as Muddy Waters, Bo Diddley, Jimmy Reed and Elmore James were looking to blend their music together. For example, soul singers such as Sam Cooke, Ray Charles and Otis Redding as well as gospel music singers began to bridge their own music together. Moreover, Bobby Bland was one of the pioneers of this style.

Soulful or Soul Blues

Soul-blues combines the best elements of the two and blends that with the standard blues band instrumentation — sometimes augmented with an R&B-styled horn section. The genre also provides more traditional blues artists with a style to visit on occasion, injecting some contemporary life into their recordings.

This subgenre of blues is very popular with African American audiences; but less known by white audiences. The style continues to be popular in the new millennium.

Some of my favorite and notable soul blues artist are: Ray Charles, Robert Cray, Etta James, and B.B. King.

“The blues was like that problem child that you may have had in the family. You was a little bit ashamed to let anybody see him, but you loved him. You just didn’t know how other people would take it.” – B. B. King

Of course, I like all types of blues and regularly listen to the blues while letting the paint dance across the canvas. This acrylic abstract is one example of me, the blues and my paints.

“Let the Blues open the door to your Soul”.

Title: Soulful Blues
Medium: Acrylic
Size: 36”x 60” or 60″ x 36″

This painting can also be hung in different directions as shown below.

Do you have a favorite soul blues artist?

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Ocean's Secrets Acrylic Abstract by RedBorn in the USA an Abstract, Mixed Media by Red, 36 x 60