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Jazz/blues/R &B reccomendations

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I'm trying to get into some older music. So much is forgotten today. Everybody I know seems to listen to angsty "I hate my mom/girlfriend/life" modern rock/new metal. Sometimes I just need to put on Booker T. and the MG's or something classic just to keep me in a good mood, but I keep playing the same stuff over and over. I've listened to some old, old stuff like Fats Waller, Scott Joplin, Blind Blake, Blind Boy Fuller, Rev Gary Davis, Django, etc and 50's-60's R&B a little bit... but not much more than Booker or Al Green and Coltrane..and some other stuff. I'm just trying to keep busy with listening to music. Anybody have any suggestions?
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My classic blues favorites are Janis Joplin, Muddy Waters, BB King, Stevie Ray Vaughn, Buddy Guy, John Lee Hooker

My more current blues favorites are Susan Tedeschi (particularly "Just Won't Burn") and Kelly Joe Phelps.

The Blind Boys of Alabama have an intense southern blues/gospel sound...Their renditions of "I Shall Not Walk Alone" and "Amazing Grace" (set to the tune of "House of the Rising Sun") are They teamed up with Ben Harper for last years album "There Will Be A Light" and it continues to astonish me. Love. Massively.

Jazz - Madeleine Peyroux is the only jazz type music that has affected me so far. She is so moody, sultry and slow-burning. Some say she is identical in style to Billie Holiday; perhaps so, can't say for certain as I have yet to truly listen to her stuff. Blues is more my thing.
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