blues·​man ˈblüz-mən How to pronounce bluesman (audio)
: a man who plays or sings the blues

Examples of bluesman in a Sentence

Recent Examples on the Web And, oh, wow, that’s a guitar signed by the great bluesman Muddy Waters. Jim Harrington, The Mercury News, 30 Apr. 2024 Black suits and hats linked the white bluesmen with the R&B greats of old, men like Cab Calloway and John Lee Hooker and B.B. King, impeccably dressed. John Belushi, USA TODAY, 19 Mar. 2024 Like her mother, Ms. Campbell was a regular cook for the bluesman and his crew, turning out a playlist of reliable Southern standards like sweet potatoes, baked chicken and caramel cake. Kim Severson, New York Times, 29 Jan. 2024 Often seen playing the banjo, Mister comes off like an evil bluesman, and his inevitable comeuppance gives Bazawule the opportunity to stage a frightening, almost mythical scene on a stormy night. Pat Padua, Washington Post, 19 Dec. 2023 Lightnin’ Hopkins is revered around the world as one of the last great bluesmen. Joel Selvin, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 Covenant In his New York debut, the playwright York Walker’s Southern gothic, directed by Tiffany Nichole Greene, follows a small Georgia town’s reaction to a bluesman’s homecoming. Rachel Sherman, New York Times, 22 Nov. 2023 The laments of hillbilly singers and bluesmen resonated with the shy, young immigrant who felt like a stranger in strange land and related to the outsider appeal of these rural musicians, who clearly took no part in mainstream American life. Joel Selvin, Smithsonian Magazine, 7 Nov. 2023 One chunk involves McCormick’s work documenting the short life of Robert Johnson, the mystical bluesman who deeply influenced such artists as the Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin and Bonnie Raitt. Geoff Edgers, Washington Post, 14 Oct. 2023

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Word History

First Known Use

1930, in the meaning defined above

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The first known use of bluesman was in 1930

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“Bluesman.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 24 May. 2024.

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