Sunday, May 29, 2016

5 Apps Every Blues Enthusiast Should Have - Part One

From the days of roadhouses, slide guitars and Jim Crow laws, to the age of smartphones, MP3 and apps, Blues is unquestionably a genre that has stood the test of time. Its smooth transition into the twenty-first century means that it’s no surprise that what once would have required spending hours in a dusty basement digging through records can now be done in seconds with the power of your mobile phone.

While smartphone apps don't quite hark back to that stereotypical image of the brazen guitar player—cigarette dangling from mouth, bottleneck on finger—they are extremely handy tools for all blues lovers to stay up-to-date and part of a culture and music genre that have proved to be truly timeless.

This fantastic app allows you to listen to all your favourite blues stations in one place: on your mobile phone. BluesRadio is the perfect place for all enthusiasts to immerse themselves in the sounds they love. It comprises of many big name stations, including Big Blue Swing and Aardvark Blue FM, and the list is regularly updated, so you'll never have to miss out.

It's a fan favourite, receiving 4.5 stars on the Google Play Store, and has tons of great reviews, so it's a tried and tested success. With an easy-to-use interface and detailed information on all the songs played, there's no excuse not to get this free application!

Any real blues fan knows that it's about so much more than the music. There's a whole history of struggle and strife, which many claim to be the catalyst for the birth of such a powerful and emotive genre. Because of this, it's not enough to just know the songs; you have to understand their past as well.

BluesTrail is a great app for learning all about the history of the movement. It's the perfect accompaniment for any visit to the great Mississippi Delta or just as an interactive learning resource. You can explore the timeline of blues, right from its early conception, as well as learn more about all your favourite artists. It also lets you download any new songs you discover straight from iTunes, making it the perfect tool to become a part of this rich and vibrant music culture.  

Just because blues wasn't born in the twenty-first century, doesn't mean it can’t take part as well as its more contemporary successors. These five apps are a testimony to how the genre is still relevant and loved generations later and are essential downloads for any enthusiasts. These are only a few of the many blues apps available, but if you know of any others that should be on the list, then be sure to leave a comment below! 

Part 2 coming up next week.....

..article written and submitted by Cassie, blogger at

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