Bands/Musicians Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster

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List of Alligator Records artists, listed alphabetically with photos when available. This Alligator Records roster includes both past and present artists. Popular Alligator Records bands and artists are all listed here with information such as what genre the bands fall under and what albums they're known for. If you're looking for any of these Alligator Records band's full discographies then click on their name and you can find them here on Ranker. The artists and bands on this list might be pop, rap, rock, electronic or any other genre, but what they all have in common is that they were signed by Alligator Records.

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Albert Collins is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Blues Albert Collins was an American electric blues guitarist and singer with a distinctive guitar style. Collins was noted for his powerful playing and his use of altered tunings and capo. His long ...more

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Anders Osborne is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Blues Anders Osborne is an American singer and songwriter.

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Andrew Kaslow is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Andrew Kaslow Andrew Jonathan Kaslow is an American author, record producer, saxophonist and entertainment executive. He currently resides in New York City.

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Big Walter Horton is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues Walter Horton, better known as Big Walter Horton or Walter "Shakey" Horton, was an American blues harmonica player. A quiet, unassuming and essentially shy man, Horton is remembered as ...more

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Bob Margolin is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Rock and roll, Blues Bob Margolin is an American electric blues guitarist. His nickname is "Steady Rollin'".

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Buckwheat Zydeco is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Country, Zydeco Buckwheat Zydeco is the stage name of Stanley Dural, Jr., an American accordionist and zydeco musician. He is one of the few zydeco artists to achieve mainstream success. His music group is ...more

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C.J. Chenier is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Cajun music, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues C. J. Chenier is the Creole son of the Grammy Award winning "King of Zydeco", Louisiana musician, Clifton Chenier. In 1987, Chenier followed in his father's footsteps, and led his ...more

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Carey Bell is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Harmonica blues, Chicago blues, Electric blues Carey Bell was an American blues musician who played harmonica in the Chicago blues style. Bell played harmonica and bass guitar for other blues musicians in the late 1950s, 1960s and early ...more

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Charlie Musselwhite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Boogie-woogie Charles Douglas "Charlie" Musselwhite is an American electric blues harmonica player and bandleader, one of the non-black bluesmen who came to prominence in the early 1960s, along with ...more

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Clarence
Rock music, Swing music, Folk music Clarence "Gatemouth" Brown was an American musician from Louisiana and Texas. He is best known for his work as a blues musician, but embraced other styles of music, having "spent ...more

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Clifton Chenier is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Creole music, Cajun music, Swamp blues Clifton Chenier, a Creole French-speaking native of Opelousas, Louisiana, was an eminent performer and recording artist of Zydeco, which arose from Cajun and Creole music, with R&B, jazz, ...more

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Corey Harris is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Reggae, Blues, Delta blues Corey Harris is an American blues and reggae musician, currently residing in Virginia. Along with Keb' Mo' and Alvin Youngblood Hart, he raised the flag of acoustic guitar blues in the ...more

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Dave Hole is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock and roll, Blues David Robert "Dave" Hole is an Australian slide guitarist known for his style of playing rock and roll and blues music. In 1990 he issued Short Fuse Blues which brought him to the ...more

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Elvin Bishop is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rock and roll, Blues Elvin Bishop is an American blues and rock and roll musician and guitarist.

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Eric Lindell is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Soul rock, Pop rock Eric Lindell is an American singer-songwriter, who came to national prominence after relocating to New Orleans in 1999. His recording career began in 1996 as a local/regional New Orleans-based ...more

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Gaye Adegbalola is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues Gaye Adegbalola is an American blues singer and guitarist, teacher, lecturer, activist, and photographer.

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Guitar Shorty is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues Guitar Shorty is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is well known for his explosive guitar style and wild stage antics. Billboard magazine said, “his galvanizing guitar work ...more

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Hound Dog Taylor & The Housero... is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Chicago blues, Rock music Theodore Roosevelt "Hound Dog" Taylor was an American Chicago blues guitarist and singer.

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James Cotton is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Rock music, Memphis blues James Cotton is an American blues harmonica player, singer and songwriter, who has performed and recorded with many of the great blues artists of his time as well as with his own band. Although ...more

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Jesse Dee is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Jesse Dee Rhythm and blues Jesse Dee is an R&B and soul singer-songwriter from Boston, Massachusetts. He has played as the opening act for Gospel/R&B/Soul legends Al Green and Etta James, and maintains a steady ...more

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Joe Louis Walker is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Soul music, Gospel music Joe Louis Walker, also known as JLW is an American musician, best known as an electric blues guitarist, singer, songwriter and producer. His knowledge of blues history is revealed by his use of ...more

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Johnny Heartsman is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Johnny Heartsman Soul blues, Electric blues Johnny Heartsman was an American electric blues and soul blues musician and songwriter. Heartsman showed musical diversity, playing a number of musical instruments, including the electric organ ...more

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Johnny Winter is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Rock music, Electric blues John Dawson Winter III, known as Johnny Winter, was an American blues guitarist, multi-instrumentalist, singer, and producer. Best known for his high-energy blues-rock albums and live ...more

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Koko Taylor is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Rhythm and blues Koko Taylor, sometimes spelled KoKo Taylor, was an American Chicago blues singer, those style also encompassed many genres including electric blues, rhythm and blues and blues and soul blues ...more

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Lazy Lester is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Harmonica blues, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues Lazy Lester is an American blues musician, who sings, and plays the harmonica and guitar. His career spans the 1950s to the 2010s. Best known for regional hits recorded with Ernie Young's ...more

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Lil' Ed Williams is listed (or ranked) 26 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Chicago blues, Electric blues, Blues Lil' Ed Williams is an American blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. With his backing band, the Blues Imperials, slide guitarist Williams has built up a loyal following.

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Little Charlie & The Nightcats is listed (or ranked) 27 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Little Charlie & The Nightcats Electric blues, Jazz, Blues Rick Estrin & the Nightcats are an American four-piece electric blues band, and consisting of harmonicist/lead vocalist and songwriter Rick Estrin, guitarist Kid Andersen, bassist Lorenzo ...more

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Long John Hunter is listed (or ranked) 28 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Texas blues Long John Hunter is an American Texas blues and electric blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He has released seven albums in his own name, and in his later years found critical ...more

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Lonnie Mack is listed (or ranked) 29 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Blue-eyed soul, Rockabilly Lonnie McIntosh, known by his stage name, Lonnie Mack, is an American rock, blues, and country guitarist and vocalist. Mack was born in Dearborn County, Indiana. In the early 1960s, he was a key ...more

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Lucky Peterson is listed (or ranked) 30 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Soul music Lucky Peterson is an American musician who plays contemporary blues, fusing soul, R&B, gospel and rock and roll. He plays guitar and keyboards. Music journalist Tony Russell, in his book The ...more

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Luther Allison is listed (or ranked) 31 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues Luther Allison was an American blues guitarist. He was born in Widener, Arkansas, and moved with his family, at the age of twelve, to Chicago in 1951. He taught himself guitar and began ...more

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Mavis Staples is listed (or ranked) 32 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Soul music, Gospel music Mavis Staples is an American rhythm and blues and gospel singer, actress and civil rights activist who recorded with The Staple Singers, her family's band.

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Michael Burks is listed (or ranked) 33 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues Michael Burks was an American electric blues and soul blues guitarist, singer and songwriter. He is best known for his tracks, "I Smell Smoke" and "Hard Come, Easy Go", and ...more

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Mike Mattison is listed (or ranked) 34 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, World music, Jazz fusion Mike Mattison is an American musician and vocalist of the Grammy Award-winning rhythm and blues group, the Tedeschi Trucks Band, as well as lead vocalist and co-founder of the blues rock trio ...more

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Mofro is listed (or ranked) 35 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Soul music JJ Grey & Mofro is a Southern rock/soul/funk/blues jam band from Jacksonville, Florida composed of JJ Grey, Andrew Trube, Anthony Farrell, Anthony Cole, Dennis Marion, Jeff Dazey and Todd

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Robert Cray is listed (or ranked) 36 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Soul blues, Electric blues Robert Cray is an American blues guitarist and singer. A five-time Grammy Award winner, he has led his own band, as well as an acclaimed solo career.

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Roomful of Blues is listed (or ranked) 37 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Jump blues, Jazz blues Roomful of Blues is an American blues and swing revival big band based in Rhode Island. With a recording career that spans over 40 years, they have toured worldwide and recorded many albums. ...more

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Roy Buchanan is listed (or ranked) 38 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Rock music, Rockabilly Roy Buchanan was an American guitarist and blues musician. A pioneer of the Telecaster sound, Buchanan worked as both a sideman and solo artist, with two gold albums early in his career, and two ...more

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Rusty Zinn is listed (or ranked) 39 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Reggae Rusty Zinn is an American electric blues and reggae guitarist and singer-songwriter. Zinn released six albums between 1996 and 2009, on Black Top, Alligator, Bad Daddy, and 9 Above Records. He ...more

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Scrapomatic is listed (or ranked) 40 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Jazz fusion, Soul music Scrapomatic is an American blues duo, consisting of two performers, Paul Olsen, and Mike Mattison. Backed by other musicians, they have performed together since the mid-1990s, and the duo often ...more

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Shemekia Copeland is listed (or ranked) 41 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Electric blues, Rhythm and blues, Blues Shemekia Copeland is an American electric blues vocalist.

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Siegel-Schwall Band is listed (or ranked) 42 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Blues-rock, Electric blues, Blues The Siegel–Schwall Band is an American electric blues band from Chicago, Illinois. The band was formed in 1964 by Corky Siegel and Jim Schwall, and still tours occasionally.

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Sippie Wallace is listed (or ranked) 43 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Jazz, Blues Sippie Wallace was an American singer-songwriter. Her early career in local tent shows gained her the billing "The Texas Nightingale". Between 1923 and 1927, she recorded over 40 songs ...more

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Sonny Terry is listed (or ranked) 44 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Harmonica blues, Piedmont blues, East Coast blues Saunders Terrell, better known as Sonny Terry, was a blind, American Piedmont blues musician. He was widely known for his energetic blues harmonica style, which frequently included vocal whoops ...more

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The Holmes Brothers is listed (or ranked) 45 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Americana, Rhythm and blues, Soul music The Holmes Brothers are an American musical trio originally from Christchurch, Virginia. Mixing sounds from blues, soul, gospel, country, and rhythm & blues, they have released twelve studio ...more

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Tommy Castro is listed (or ranked) 46 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Soul blues, Chicago blues, Rock music Tommy Castro is an American blues, R&B and rock guitarist and singer. He has been recording since the mid-1990s. His music has taken him from local stages to national and international ...more

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W.C. Clark is listed (or ranked) 47 on the list Alligator Records Complete Artist Roster
Rhythm and blues, Blues W. C. Clark is an American blues musician. He is known as the "Godfather of Austin Blues" for his influence on the Austin, Texas blues scene since the late 1960s.