Blues was never a big genre. It was at its biggest from the 50’s to the mid 60’s, just before creativity and technology in music exploded. Most blues tracks you’ll hear is standard singer-guitar-bass-drums on a grainy record. As time moved on, the number of notable blues artists still making music dwindled.
Bobby Bland released “Dreamer” towards the end of his career, in 1974. Clearly influenced by the music being made at the time, he utilized strings and brass to beef up his sound, and the new recording technology made this release sonically leaps and bounds better than his early work.
Standout tracks include one of the best examples of the original version and the song that samples it being great, “Ain’t No Love In The Heart Of The City” and one of the songs I’d play if someone asked my what the blues is, “Lovin’ On Borrowed Time.”