Electric Blues - refers to various forms of blues, which are characterized by the enhanced sound of musical instruments. The guitar was the first instrument whose sound was often amplified by pioneers such as the T-Bone Walker in the late 1930s, John Lee Hooker and Muddy Waters in the 1940s. Their styles evolved into West Coast Blues, Detroit Blues and post-war Chicago Blues, which is different from pre-war acoustic sound. In the early 1950s, Little Walter amplified the harmonica with a small hand-held microphone connected to a guitar amp. Electric bass gradually replaced double bass in the early 1960s. In the 1960s, the electric blues was adapted by the British blues, which led to the development of blues rock and rock music.
Modern electric blues originated in the late 70s - early 80s after blues rock entered the music arena and most of the major labels turned their backs on blues. As a musical direction, the electric blues has not undergone significant changes since the mid-60s, when British blues bands conquered America. As a result, this music essentially sounded as before, being a mixture of the classic electric blues of Chicago and Texas with a noticeable influence of rock. This new generation of blues artists has received support from new independent labels (for example, Alligator Records, which has released most of the recordings of modern electric blues). The 80s passed, and the modern electric blues not only found their audience, but continued to flourish until the end of the 90s (as well as today). Key representatives: Robert Cray, Albert King, Stevie Ray Vaughan.