Contemporary Blues Dog Names

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Introduction

There’s Delta, Chicago, dirty, electric, Piedmont and now, Contemporary Blues, amongst others. Many, many others. While the styles, the players, the approach, and the narratives behind them have all changed at least in some part, in essence, much of the blues has remained the same and in turn, remained faithful to its roots, much in the way many dogs have stayed faithful to their owners. And thanks to a decade-spanning roster of contemporary artists, complete with fantastic real names and nicknames, they’ve provided for us the perfect list to choose from, to give our loyal friends the type of titles that will keep them heralded in our hearts the way this genre has endeared itself to listeners worldwide.

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Contemporary Blues Dog Name Considerations

Coming up with a theme is hard enough, but finding a themed name that is suitable can be another challenge altogether. Luckily, like their historic counterparts, many contemporary blues artists have unique and recognizable names that make the process a bit easier. 

You could just pick your favorite, but then again, if that were the case, you wouldn’t be here, so our best suggestion is isolating your dog’s most obvious and idiosyncratic traits and trying to match them up with an artist’s name that properly reflects those qualities.

For instance, if you have a big, white, muscular dog, then Charlie would be a great fit, in honor of Charlie Musselwhite. For a big dog who loves to run (and maybe runs into things), then Derek would be a great name, so when people ask why you call him Derek, you can say “because Derek trucks (Trucks)”. If your dog howls a lot, then Luther, after Luther Allison, who played with Howlin’ Wolf would work. And of course, there is easy surface-level wordplay as well. Pops is good for old dogs, Phantom for those who are aloof, Buddy for a dog who loves everyone, and Baker for a dog who can’t stop laying in the sun. 

There are plenty of ways you can come up with clever names that work on more than one level, which, for us, is the most fun part of dog naming, but you’re welcome to make it as simple as a two-finger blues or as complex as a Stevie Ray Vaughn solo. 

Male Contemporary Blues Dog Names

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Mooney
After John Mooney, a Delta blues player known for his slide work
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Wilko
After Wilko Johnson, English singer/player/songwriter who was in Dr. Feelgood
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Hawkins
After Ted Hawkins, a well-loved blues guitarist on the club tour circuit
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Hammond
After John P. Hammond, aka John Hammond Jr, artist and son to John H. Hammond
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Foley
After Sue Foley, Canadian blues guitarist and singer
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Ry
After Ry Cooper, composer, producer and guitarist
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Castro
After Tommy Castro, award-winning blues player and singer
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Oli
After Oli Brown, British blues guitarist and singer-songwriter
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Baker
After Ronnie Baker Brooks, a fantastic guitarist, as well as a singer and songwriter
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Walker
After Joe Louis Walker, who transcends blues eras with his varying playing styles
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Magness
After Janiva Magness, only the second woman to be named the B.B. King Entertainer of the Year
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Shepherd
After Kenny Wayne Shepherd, one of the most successful modern blues artists
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Trucks
After Derek Trucks, a blues guitar prodigy since his Allman Brothers days
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Foster
After Ruthie Foster, who is often compared to Aretha Franklin and Bonnie Raitt
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LaVette
After Bettye LaVette, a tenured blues/soul singer who got late recognition
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Clapton
After Eric Clapton, widely regarded as one of the greatest blues guitarists and songwriters
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JJ
After J.J. Cale, who inspired some of blues' most famous artists
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Tate
After Howard Tate, who had hit singles in the 60s before re-entering other genres decades later
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Burke
After Solomon Burke, a highly-influential preacher and singer
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Solomon
After Solomon Burke, who shaped both R&B and soul music
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Doc
After Dr. John, a six-time Grammy winning, genre-blending musician
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Delbert
After Delbert McClinton, a multi-instrumentalist blues artist
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Rush
After Bobby Rush, who blended blues, rap, and funk
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Mussel
After Charlie Musselwhite, a famed harmonica player thought to have inspired Dan Aykroyd's Blues Brothers character
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Milton
After Little Milton, a blues guitarist with several hit records
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Luther
After Luther Allison, a blues guitarist who played with Howlin' Wolf
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Phantom
After the Phantom Blues Band, who backed Taj Mahal
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Pops
After Pops Staples, who, influenced Gospel, R&B and finally, the Blues
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Trouble
After Stevie Ray Vaughn's backing band, Double Trouble
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Buddy
After Buddy Guy, the man who influenced some of the world's best guitarists
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Vaughn
After Stevie Ray Vaughn, one of modern blues' most unrivaled talents

Female Contemporary Blues Dog Names

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Wilde
After Dani Wilde, British singer-songwriter who plays a blend of roots music
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Trout
After Walter Trout, blues guitarist who worked with John Lee Hooker
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Catfish
After Catfish Keith, who has has had ten No.1 independent radio chart hit albums
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Louisiana
After Louisiana Red, guitarist, singer, harmonica player who has recorded over 50 albums
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Cooder
After Ry Cooder, best known for his incredible slide work
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Brooks
After Ronnie Baker Brooks, a well-respected club blues guitarist in Chicago
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Tab
After Tab Benoit, who helped bring the Delta blues into the modern fold
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Bonamassa
After Joe Bonamassa, considered one of the greatest blues guitarists ever
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Janiva
After Janiva Magness, one of blues' most heralded female stars
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Mavis
After Mavis Staples, a gospel and blues singer, and activist
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Ruthie
After Ruthie Foster, a well-respected multi-genre singer-songwriter
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Bettye
After Bettye LaVette, an eclectic singer-songwriter
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Robben
After Robben Ford, known as one of the best modern blues guitarists
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Cale
After J.J. Cale, who wrote some of the most famous blues songs ever
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Irma
After Irma Thomas, the "Soul Queen of New Orleans"
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Winter
After Johnny Winter, one of the most esteemed blues guitarists of all time
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Morrison
After Van Morrison, who spanned numerous decades and genres, winning many awards
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Tedeschi
After Susan Tedeschi, a multi-Grammy nominee and famed songwriter
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Sonny
After Sonny Landreth, a prolific slide guitar player
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Roots
After the Roots Band, who backed Etta James
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Etta
After Etta James, who is in the Rock and Roll, Blues, and Grammy Hall of Fames
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Taylor
After Koko Taylor, known as "The Queen of the Blues"
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Koko
After Koko Taylor, a genre-blending singer
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Lang
After Jonny Lang, a Grammy award winning artist who started playing at a very early age
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Taj
After Taj Mahal, legendary guitarist who has been putting out blues records since the late 60s
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Keb
After Keb' Mo', four-time Grammy winning guitarist and songwriter
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Staples
After Pops Staples, who won a Grammy for Best Contemporary Blues Album at 80 years old
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Ray
After Stevie Ray Vaughn, one of the most well-respected blues artists of all time
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Cray
After Robert Cray, the first ever Grammy winner for Best Contemporary Blues Album

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