From Robert Johnson and the macho posturing of "Me & The Devil Blues" to the boastful swagger of Jimi Hendrix's "Voodoo Chile" isn't a very long journey. Not chronologically or stylistically. To hear Jimi getting down & dirty on the acoustic guitar is to complete a full circle, from the Mississippi Delta to the South Saturn Delta and back again.
When Jimi would play the blues he wasn't so much calling up riffs from memory as he was channeling the ghosts of Patton, Brown, Johnson and others working their wicked magic in tumbledown juke joints all across the south. Like the best of these Pre WW 2 bluesmen Jimi's voice and guitar became one and the same, something at once both primodial and post modern. Hendrix brought the blues into the present without losing any of the urgecy, intensity or artistry which gives all good music it's timelessness. Blues was just one of Jimi's many influences.
From an early age Jimi soaked up the music around him just like a sponge. Jazz, Rock and Roll, Folk, Surf, Soul, Rhythm & Blues all became a part of his musical vocabulary. Having learned these styles until he could play them all backwards, forwards, blindfolded and in his sleep, he proceeded to then toss them out of the window and incorporate the shattered remnants into a style wholly, completely his own.
His influences included musical catalysts such as Robert Johnson, B.B. King, T- Bone Walker, Les Paul, Bo Diddley, John Lee Hooker, Chuck Berry, Link Wray, Muddy Waters, B.B King, Kenny Burrell, Albert Collins, Guitar Slim, Jimmy Nolen and many more. Taking the lessons he learned from these cats (showmanship as well as musical) he liberally mixed them with sheer volume, feedback, distortion & eastern drones. Topping that all off with his charismatic personality and raw talent and you have a combination that IMO can't be beat.