Over the last fifty years, many renowned blues performers have emerged from Scotland. Early pioneer, Alex Harvey led a generation of blues influenced Scots, including Tam White, Jack Bruce, John Martyn, Frankie Miller and Stone The Crowes (featuring Maggie Bell). The 1980s saw the emergence of Blues ‘n’ Trouble and Rev Doc & The Congregation who are both active. Another prominent Scottish blues act from this period was Big George & The Business. Sadly George Watt passed away in April of this year.
In recent years the Nimmo Brothers have been at the forefront of a revival in Scottish Blues, as has Alan Nimmo’s King King and alt-blues guitarist Dave Arcari. Some of the other enduring Scottish bands who have made their presence known on a UK level include Baby Isaac, Lights Out By Nine, Wang Dang Delta, Safehouse, The Dana Dixon Band and the George Lindsay Band. Gerry Jablonski’s Electric Band, The Jensen Interceptors, The Binsness Bluesboys and Stevey Hay’s Shades of Blue are newer bands making their names on the scene. Complementing these are solo performers such as Al Hughes, John Alexander, Gus Munro, Craig Hughes, Dougie Burns and Sleepy Eyes Nelson. Scotland’s finest female vocalists include Sandi Thom, Helen Turner (Bare Bones Boogie Band), Linda Jaxson, Laura May Gibson and Cynthia Gentle. Ten of the most promising young blues based acts are Lewis Hamilton, Jed Potts & The Hillman Hunters, Dead Men’s Shoes, The Afghan Hounds, The Blueswater , The Holy Ghosts, Dirty Diamond & The Gunslinger, The Kennel Wages, Fraser John Lindsay and New Brunswick Battle of the Bands’ finalists The Boston Tea Party.

Over the last year, a 3 CD compilation, “Jock’s Juke Joint” has been released to highlight original material by 50 Scottish blues acts. The second volume was one of seven albums to be nominated as best album in the British Blues Awards, while the third volume was selected as album of the month by the Independent Blues Broadcasters’ Association (IBBA). These albums were released to give greater prominence to Scottish blues, and can be purchased from the acts or from Amazon and ITunes. Jock’s Juke Joint has received universal critical acclaim in the international blues press and significant airplay in Europe, North America and Australia.
2013 has seen exciting new releases by The Black Diamond Express, Hot Tin Roof, and Missing Cat. Other blues albums are due from Lewis Hamilton, Helsinki based Robbie Hill & The Blue 62s, The GT Boos Band, Dixie Fried and Kevin Jordan & Reece Hillis Acoustic Blues Duo.
Festivals in Scotland
The Scottish festival season is already underway with Scottish blues acts prominent at the Edinburgh Guitar & Music Festival, The Montrose Music Festival and the Thornhill Music Festival. These forthcoming events, feature both local and international blues artists:

20-22 September Orkney Blues Festival
27 – 29 September – Lockerbie Jazz Festival

4-6 October Callander Jazz & Blues Festival

Live Blues
A selection of venues in Scotland that regularly feature blues:
The Voodoo Rooms, Edinburgh
The Green Hotel, Kinross
The Ferry, Glasgow
The Caves, Edinburgh
Òran Mór, Glasgow
Cupar Blues & Beyond Club
Non Zeros, Dundee
The Blue Lamp, Aberdeen
Dreadnought Rock, Bathgate
The Twa Tams, Perth
The Black Abbot, Montrose
The Clachaig Inn, Glencoe
Whistlebinkies, Edinburgh
The Pleuchie’s Howff, Dumfries
The Scotia, Glasgow
The Jazz Bar, Edinburgh
BluesUp, Thistle Hotel, Milnathort
The State Bar, Glasgow – Scotland’s longest running blues jam, every Tuesday
The Taybank, Dunkeld – blues jam first Sunday each month
Whighams Wine Cellars, Edinburgh – blues jam first Tuesday each month
The Malt Mill, Aberdeen – blues jam, every Wednesday
Blues shows broadcast from Scotland
Jimmy Carlyle Shades Of Blue Every third Tuesdays 6:10-7:00pm BBC Radio Shetland

Kevin Black Black on Blues Thursdays 10-11pm East Lothian FM
Paul Stewart Pablo & The Blues Show Mondays 10-12pm My Rock Radio
Sonny Miller On The Blues Side Sundays 10-11pm TD1 Radio
Stuart Hamilton Rockin’ The Blues Thursdays 8-9pm Get Ready To Rock Radio

Jim Stalker & Mike Rogerson The Rock Show Fridays 7-9pm AliveFM
Dave Patrick The Friday Night Blues ‘n’ Rock Experience Fridays 6-8pm ABC Radio
Rob Ellen The Medicine Show
Please also see the Scottish Blues Fans facebook page which includes details of live shows and album news

This Scottish section is dedicated to Billy Allardyce who was Blues Hall of Fame’s Ambassador for the Blues for Scotland, ran the online Blindman’s Blues Forum and was a campaigner for a Scottish presence within the EBU.