Blues Shouter

A blues shouter is a blues singer, often male, capable of singing unamplified with a band.

Notable blues shouters included:

  • Big Joe Turner — whose style hardly changed at all between 1938's "Roll 'Em Pete", and 1954's "Shake, Rattle and Roll" — Turner was arguably the greatest exponent of the art.
  • H-Bomb Ferguson
  • Wynonie Harris
  • Signe Toly Anderson was a known blues shouter before joining Jefferson Airplane
  • Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, an unusual combination of blues shouter and bebop alto sax player.
  • Walter Brown, of the Jay McShann orchestra.
  • Jimmy Witherspoon, who also appeared with McShann.
  • Jimmy Rushing, blues shouter with Count Basie.
  • Duke Henderson, who operated mainly in the late 1940s and early 1950s.
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Famous quotes containing the word blues:

    The blues women had a commanding presence and a refreshing robustness. They were nurturers, taking the yeast of experience, kneading it into dough, molding it and letting it grow in their minds to bring the listener bread for sustenance, shaped by their sensibilities.
    Rosetta Reitz, U.S. author. As quoted in The Political Palate, ch. 10, by Betsey Beaven et al. (1980)