John Mayall is the pre-eminent British
bluesman. Mayall has led many incarnations of his Bluesbreakers, beginning
in the mid-60's with a young country recluse named Eric Clapton. He continues
to record and tour today. The British had a unique perspective on the blues
-- they considered it a true art form, whereas in America, the blues had
often been relegated to "race" records and radio stations. The British
blues invasion caused Americans to reevaluate the real value and status
of the blues.