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The 10 Greatest Dallas Blues Artists

The Lone Star State has long produced some of the greatest blues legends to ever pick up a guitar or stand behind a microphone. Legends like Albert Collins from Leona, Sam "Lightnin'" Hopkins from Centerville and Johnny Winter from Beaumont all have found the blues in Texas. Hell, we even have a Grammy Award-winning Austin blues artist Marcia Ball playing opera houses, town halls and beer and BBQ festivals across the country, and the Godfather of the Blues Robert Johnson recorded one of his albums in Dallas.

But Dallas has also had more than its fair share of legendary names leaving their mark on the blues world. Freddie King, T-Bone Walker, Blind Lemon Jefferson and, of course, Oak Cliff's own Stevie Ray Vaughn all have dominated blues charts across the web. But what about the other Dallas blues artists who've been blazing local and national stages for decades, slowly building their own legends yet somehow staying underneath the mainstream media's radar?

To help keep that name at the forefront of our online collective consciousness, here's a list of our favorite Dallas-based blues artists:

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