Watch the Storm Riders: Solo online guitar lesson by Joe Deloro from Blues Rock Road Trip
As mentioned in the NYC Shuffle text, L.A. was the center of the booming American recording industry in the early 1970's. Therefore, it was the place most successful Rock bands of the day were based. Although the financial rewards were now infinitely greater than in previous decades, the bands that migrated there were nonetheless linked to the pioneering Delta musicians that came up the Blues Highway in the 40's and 50's with vastly lower expectations. Likewise, without the two previous Blues migrations (Mississippi-Chicago, Chicago-London), a lot of what was now achievable in L.A. career-wise, would never have been possible.
By 1970, The Doors were a classic example of this new musical prosperity. Forming a band as college students in 1965, they worked hard and quickly rose to the top of American Pop, rivaling the Beatles and The Stones on the charts in the 60's. "Riders On The Storm" was released on their final studio album, L.A. Woman in 1971. Jazzy and somewhat existential, it fit the unending urban sprawl of L.A. like a glove, but still struck home to connect with Chicago. They were the best at their game.