Led Zeppelin Down The Tracks: The Music That Influenced Led Zeppelin
Led Zeppelin were, and after recent events prove, still are one of the biggest bands of all time. They are often cited, along with Black Sabbath and Deep Purple, as the Godfathers of Heavy Metal, but there was more to Zeppelin than just heavy riffs. Led Zeppelin's first album serves as a blueprint for what would follow in the rest of their career. Led Zeppelin showcases the eclectic mix of styles that would set them apart from their contemporaries.
There's a huge debt to the Blues music that they loved so much which was the initial common thread for Page and Plant with artists such as Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters proving particularly influential. In Down The Tracks we go into great depth discussing not only those Blues artists that directly influenced the band but those that came just before who developed the Delta Blues at the very beginning—Charley Patton, Son House, and those who immediately followed them, Robert Johnson, Bukka White, Muddy Waters, and Howlin' Wolf—all artists that Led Zeppelin covered and drew inspiration from.