Definition of bluesman in US English:


nounPlural bluesmen

  • A male performer of blues music.

    ‘archive footage of legendary bluesmen like Howlin' Wolf’
    • ‘The complementing soundtrack, therefore, is a sour mash of sultry but sombre Southern mood music by mostly straight-up bluesmen.’
    • ‘My understanding has always been that bluesmen earn their nicknames, either by genetic defect or tragedy of misadventure.’
    • ‘It was designed to be the cleanest, warmest sounding guitar possible for jazz and country musicians, but it only achieved its true popularity when it began to be played loudly and with mammoth distortion by rockers and bluesmen.’
    • ‘The spirits of old Delta bluesmen, Appalachian front-porch strummers, and folk troubadors live in a guitar's wooden hole.’
    • ‘There's nothing wrong with that, but it is important to be clear about it, if only as a warning against weaving further myths about demon - driven bluesmen making Faustian pacts with the spirit world.’
    • ‘The brilliant Mississippi bluesmen is a central figure, but not just a solo act.’
    • ‘Yet, in the case of both the bluesman and the crooner, there is, at least ostensibly, a reason for the sorrow.’
    • ‘This is a man, a genuine bluesman, to be reckoned with.’
    • ‘Most amazingly, at 78, the veteran bluesman doesn't understand the concept of slowing down or resting on his laurels.’
    • ‘But what of those old bluesmen still left standing?’
    • ‘In the south, bluesmen would perform in ‘jukes’, shacks out in the middle of the woods.’
    • ‘No wonder he was mistaken for a deity, especially by those who had never heard the black American bluesmen whose music was his model.’
    • ‘From then on, the young bluesman played his instrument with an unearthly style, his fingers dancing over the strings.’
    • ‘So often, when an old bluesman makes a new album, he's joined by a stellar cast of rock acolytes, paying their respects.’
    • ‘Delta bluesmen were singing to the sky; Chicago bluesmen developed their stage act by singing to people who were drinking.’
    • ‘The travelling bluesman was the poet and entertainer of an underclass within the underclass.’
    • ‘Blues fans (us included) often lament the seemingly dried up pool of authentic, non-professional bluesmen.’
    • ‘But I think there was something about the solo bluesman and the knowledge that this guy was probably uneducated and a self-taught musician and was on the bottom rung of the social ladder.’
    • ‘One part comes from the bluesman - with his dignity and his hyperindividuality.’
    • ‘In the early nineteen-sixties, a time when the blues were being sidelined in America, the urban bluesmen were ‘discovered’ by young white English musicians.’