Chicago Blues Guide
Byther Smith Retirement
Party/ last live performance w/
Joanna Connor at
Kingston Mines, Chgo
HOT shows and Early Warnings
photo: Jennifer Noble
(a.k.a. Sherman Shelby)
Blues bassist for Howlin' Wolf, Billy Branch, Muddy
Waters, Valerie Wellington and many more passed, away on
July 1, 2014.
Interview with Dave Specter
Specter spent his youth learning and performing with
blues legends. His new Delmark CD features one of them,
Otis Clay. "Spec" recalls the lessons he learned from
teachers Hubert Sumlin, Sam Lay and more.
Interview with Tom Marker
WXRT DJ and Blues Breakers host has been
keeping the blues alive since 1984. Tom explains how the
blues bug first bit him and recalls legends he's met
over the years.
Interview with Bobby Rush
The ever youthful soul-blues legend tells the truth
about his life in show biz along with tall tales about
preachin', sellin' cotton, playin' the chit'lin'
circuit, Chicken Heads, other heads, shady record deals
and the list goes on...
Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mud Morganfield, Dave Specter, Dave Weld, Charlie Musselwhite, Holmes Bros.,
Nick Moss, Cash Box Kings, Big James, Buddy Guy, Magic Slim & more.
JJ Grey & Mofro, Tail Dragger, Delmark's 55th Anniversary,
Maxwell Street, Son Seals, Jimmy Burns & more.
Stevie Wonder, Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy,
Pinetop Perkins, Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw, Mavis Staples, Booker T
& the MGs, John Nemeth, more.
REVIEW: 19th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2013,
The spectacular Swiss mountain town hosted world class
blues talent, including many Chicagoans. See our review
and photos of sets by Byther Smith (photo),
Chicago Blues Allstars, Johnny Rawls, James Harman, the
Blues Broads, Bobby Rush, Rick Estrin, Johnny Sansone
REVIEW: Sin City Soul & Blues Revival, Las Vegas
Four stages, 200 musicians, three days and 1500 blues
fans lit up the Riveria Casino for the inaugural fest
with an incredible lineup of talent including
Tedeschi Trucks Band, Los Lonely Boys, Henry Gray,
Curtis Salgado, Lil' Ed, Tommy Castro and many
more. Our staff was there to cover it for you!
Interview with Donald Kinsey
From Gary to Jamaica and back, musician Donald Kinsey
keeps the music moving forward. The celebrated artist
talks about his family band, Big Daddy, Bob Marley,
Peter Tosh, Albert King and more.
Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor
British blues-rock artist Joanne Shaw Taylor is
currently touring as part of Ruf Records Blues Caravan
The multi-talented young lady talks about her dream
career so far, with more to come.
Interview with Liz Mandeville
Renaissance woman Liz Mandeville was inducted into the
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame in 2013. A year, prior she
started her own record label and began a new path in her
as a blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record label
owner, author, speaker and painter.
Interview with Mississippi Heat's Pierre Lacocque
Miss. Heat founder and harp
player Lacocque isn't your typical blues man. He's lived
all over the world, but never felt at home until he
discovered the blues in Chicago. The band celebrates its
20th anniversary with a new CD on Delmark, and sets at
Blues Fest 2013 and Delmark's annual Blues Brunch.
FEATURE: Welcome Buddy and Hopkins!
The further misadventures of Buddy and Hopkins are
featured regularly on our website, thanks to talented
the photo to find out what kind of trouble they get into
REVIEW: Blues at The Crossroads Tribute to
Muddy Waters & Howlin’ Wolf
The Fabulous Thunderbirds, Jody Williams, James Cotton,
Bob Margolin & Tinsley Ellis
served up some hot blues on a cold night at the Tivoli
LIVE REVIEW: Canned Heat boogies on at
Harvey Mandel (photo), Fito de la Parra, Larry Taylor
and Dale Spalding, plus special guests, brought a bit of
Woodstock (minus the brown acid), played all their hits,
plus deep cuts, and jammed into the night for a devoted
crowd in Evanston.
FEATURE: Interview with Lonnie Brooks
Inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 2010, Lonnie
Brooks is an international blues star. In Part 1 of a
lengthy interview, he reminisces about his childhood in
Louisiana and details a recent recording session with
his sons Ronnie and Wayne in Nashville.
LIVE REVIEW: Lee Ritenour at The Mayne Stage
The versatile virtuoso guitarist, along with his ace
band, played to a packed house of devotees. It was a
breathtaking show filled with musical surprises that
REVIEW: Mud Morganfield CD release party at Legends
Celebrating his new CD, Son of the Seventh Son,
Muddy's eldest son was joined by Bob Corritore, Rick
Kreher, Kenny Smith, E.G. McDaniel, Harmonica Hinds,
Barrelhouse Chuck, Deitra Farr, Katherine Davis and the
Chicago Blues Angels for a night of pure blues fun.
FEATURE: Interview with Howard Levy
Evanston's resident harmonica genius, along with
bandmates Bela Fleck & the Flecktones, celebrate their
recent Grammy win and hit the road for a major tour.
Levy reflects on his past projects with stars like Dolly
Parton and Paul Simon, and looks to the future.
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