The blues is a type of music that incorporates blue notes to create tension and the unique sound we recognize as the blues. The name "the blues" is derived from the "the blue devils," which means sadness.
The blues has had an enormous influence on on American popular music, and the blues has become a basic element of jazz, rhythm and blues, bluegrass, and rock and roll.
“The blues ain't nothing but a good man feelin' bad” - Leon Redbone
“Blues is easy to play, but hard to feel” - Jimi Hendrix
"If you don't know the blues... there's no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock and roll or any other form of popular music." - Keith Richards
"I've always wanted the sound of Muddy Waters' early records - only louder" - Eric Clapton