A blues shouter is a blues singer, often male, capable of singing with a band. The singer must project, or "shout", to be heard over the drums and instruments of the band. Blues shouting is a major pathway by which jazz music edged over into rock and roll.
Notable blues shouters include:
- Big Joe Turner, whose style changed hardly at all between 1938's "Roll 'Em Pete" and 1954's "Shake, Rattle and Roll".
- Wynonie Harris
- Eddie "Cleanhead" Vinson, an unusual combination of blues shouter and bebop alto sax player.
- Walter Brown, of the Jay McShann orchestra
- Jimmy Witherspoon, who also appeared with McShann
- Jimmy Rushing, blues shouter with Count Basie.