Damn, it's late. I just got in. This is prety cool. I defintely am into blues influenced rock pretty heavily. But if you look back, the early Stones, Zeplin, all that stuff had blues tunes on the records. ZZ Top. I really dig The Black Crowes (how many did I loose there). Jimi was basically a blues player, right?
I turn on Winamp to a blues station all the time, I think it's Paradynamic Blues Roadhouse (there are several to pick from). That's the stuff that makes me want to play. If I'm in a spot where I haven't been playing a lot, feeling lazy about it, I turn that stuff on and I can't help but pick it up and bend some strangs and play some funky shuffles in open postion.
Okay, I guess we can't consider Eddie VH as blues, but if you listen to the first few albums, those songs were based on some soulful riffs. I love Eddie's music, even this new stuff (better than some over the last few years), but blues and blues influenced rock are what makes me want to play.