Quote from Cash. "Musically, my inspirations were whoever was popular on the radio: Jimmy Rodgers, the Carter Family - which is my wife's family - black blues, black gospel and white gospel groups, like the Blackwood Brothers, and the Chuckwagon Gang. Or cowboy singers like Gene Autry, and Bob Wills.

From Wikipedia. 
There was a close relationship between blues and country music from the very earliest country recordings in the 1920s. The first nationwide country hit was "Wreck of the Old 97",
 backed with "The Prisoner's Song", which also became quite popular. Jimmie Rodgers, the "first true country star", was known as the "Blue Yodeler", and most of his songs used blues-based chord progressions, although with very different instrumentation and sound from the recordings of his black contemporaries like Blind Lemon Jefferson and Bessie Smith
Realizing this is a stretch from country to blues to rock, the following is a subjective observation of blues to rock.
More specifically the chord progressions at an upbeat tempo played more aggressive are similar to blues songs arrangements.

The following is an example. 

Detroit band The Stooges perform No Fun.