Gabrielle Pascal, Hofstra University
Before Elvis ever took the stage, this woman was combining gospel, blues and jazz to pioneer the genre we all know today.
Nora Markey, Wesleyan University
While country music has grown overproduced and glamorous, this young, gritty musician embodies the traditions that built the genre.
Bradford Smith, Louisiana State University
After two decades and traversing multiple genres, the rock duo has stayed loyal to the musical tradition that got them started.
Whether he’s playing drums in Dead Weather or fronting his own White Stripes, the storied musician retains his own undeniable sound.
The trailblazing style of the late guitar player can be seen in both blues and rock ‘n’ roll, including in artists like the Black Keys.
Tabitha Prisinzano, Columbia College of Missouri
These soul sisters are giving classic rock and blues a modern appeal.
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