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The Best New Orleans Rhythm And Blues Bands/Artists  

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New orleans rhythm and blues artists list, with photos, ranked best to worst by votes. List of good new orleans rhythm and blues bands includes a filter so you can sort by the groups’s label and what albums they've put out. This list of the top new orleans rhythm and blues bands in the world includes all musicians who have released recordings that have gotten distribution, and is an up-to-date list. New orleans rhythm and blues groups and artists are shown below along with any additional genres in which their music belongs. If available, you can also see information about where all new orleans rhythm and blues bands on this list got started. These are truly the greatest new orleans rhythm and blues bands of all time, since the most famous new orleans rhythm and blues artists ever are listed, and the order is decided by actual fans of the best new orleans rhythm and blues music.

You can click on the new orleans rhythm and blues band names to see more information about that particular notable new orleans rhythm and blues group. If they're near the top of the best new orleans rhythm and blues artist list, though, then they should have at least some information available. All the top new orleans rhythm and blues bands named on the list also have discographies on their pages if you click on the new orleans rhythm and blues band names themselves.

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The list includes all new new orleans rhythm and blues bands, and if there are any missing on the list, you can always add them yourself. Just make sure they aren't already on the list and check your spelling, because this is already an accurate compilation of the best examples of new orleans rhythm and blues, as well as a good place to start if you're asking yourself, or friends, exactly how to get into new orleans rhythm and blues music. Especially since the bands at the top of the list will at the very least be the best choices if you're looking for a list of good new orleans rhythm and blues bands with which to start out. No point in listening to them if they aren't actually good or even half-way decent new orleans rhythm and blues bands.

This list answers the questions "who are the best new orleans rhythm and blues bands of all time?" and "who is the greatest new orleans rhythm and blues musician ever?"

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Dr. John is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Best New Orleans Rhythm And Blues Bands/Artists
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Malcolm John Rebennack (November 20, 1941 – June 6, 2019), better known by his stage name Dr. John, was an American singer and songwriter. His music combines blues, pop, jazz, boogie woogie and rock and roll. Active as a session musician since the late 1950s, he gained a cult following in the late 1960s following the release of his album Gris-Gris and his appearance at the Bath Festival of Blues and Progressive Music. He performed a wildly theatrical stage show inspired by medicine shows, Mardi Gras costumes and voodoo ceremonies. Rebennack recorded more than 20 albums and in 1973 scored a top-10 hit with "Right Place, Wrong Time". ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Rhythm and blues, Rock and roll, Jazz, + more

Albums: Gris-Gris, Locked Down, Dr. John's Gumbo, Tribal, Television, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: United Artists Records, Blue Note Records, ATCO Records, GRP, Nonesuch Records

Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Fats Domino is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Best New Orleans Rhythm And Blues Bands/Artists
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Antoine "Fats" Domino, Jr. is an American pianist and singer-songwriter. Domino released five gold records before 1955. He also had 35 Top 40 American hits and has a music style based on traditional rhythm and blues ensembles of bass, piano, electric guitar, drums, and saxophone. ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rock music, Boogie-woogie, Rhythm and blues, Piano blues, + more

Albums: Here Comes... Fats Domino, This Is Fats, Essential Hits and Early Recordings, This Is Fats / Rock and Rollin’ With Fats Domino, Blueberry Hill, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Labels: ABC Records, Imperial Records, Sonet Records, Mercury, Reprise Records, + more

Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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The Meters is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Best New Orleans Rhythm And Blues Bands/Artists
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The Meters are an American funk band based in New Orleans, Louisiana. The Meters performed and recorded their own music from the late 1960s until 1977. The band played an influential role as backing musicians for other artists, including Lee Dorsey, Robert Palmer, and Dr. John. The Meters acted as the house band for Allen Toussaint's New Orleans soul classics of the 1960s and are responsible for bringing New Orleans second line grooves into popular music. While The Meters rarely enjoyed significant mainstream success, they are considered, along with artists like James Brown, one of the progenitors of funk music and their work is influential on many other bands, both their contemporaries and ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): New Orleans rhythm and blues, Rhythm and blues, Funk

Albums: Rejuvenation, Fire on the Bayou, The Meters, Cabbage Alley, Uptown Rulers!: The Meters Live on the Queen Mary, + more

Labels: Sundazed Records

Career Began: New Orleans, Louisiana, United States of America

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Marcia Ball is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Best New Orleans Rhythm And Blues Bands/Artists
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Marcia Ball is an American blues singer and pianist, born in Orange, Texas who was raised in Vinton, Louisiana. She was described in USA Today as "a sensation, saucy singer and superb pianist... where Texas stomp-rock and Louisiana blues-swamp meet." The Boston Globe described her music as "an irresistible celebratory blend of rollicking, two-fisted New Orleans piano, Louisiana swamp rock and smoldering Texas blues from a contemporary storyteller." ...more on Wikipedia

Genres (Music): New Orleans rhythm and blues, Swamp blues, Rhythm and blues, Louisiana blues, Texas blues, + more

Albums: Sing It!, Blue House, Gatorhythms, Let Me Play With Your Poodle, Soulful Dress, + more

Nationality: United States of America

Career Began: Austin, Texas, United States of America

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