It was groups like the Stone, Led Zepp, and Eric Clapton who guided me into the blues. It sad that Americans have to find out about this music from the British. I took me a while to get into Robert Johnson. I wasn't ready for a guy, alone just playing an acoustic guitar. I was used to the full bands. But I trained my ear to listen and was greatly rewarded. Not only did I get into his work, I got into Charlie Patton, Lonnie Johnson, Blind Lemon Jefferson, Blind Willie McTell etc. Of Course there was Muddy and the Chicago scene. They say the blues are dead but BB King is still going strong, and Robert Cray is out there. And the blues are a still a great pleasure in my life.