I grew up in a time when Bobby “Blue” Bland, BB King and Albert King and other greats were the artists that all the bands in my area copied when they played. Also there was a lot of R &B bands around at the time. I used to go over to East St. Louis and take in bands like Leo’s Five (More like blues Jazz but a great band lol) at the Blue Note.
I have a cousin that played in a band when I was young and I used to go listen to them play the Blues. I fell in Love with the Blues then and still am in love with them to this day.