Castiglia, Dave Specter, Sharon Lewis, Mike Wheeler, Stormcellar,
Jimmy Nick &
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photo: Jennifer Noble
Interview with Lazer Lloyd
Israel's Lazer Lloyd is not your usual blues-rock
guitarist. He had many career choices in the U.S. but
ended up "Rockin' in the Holy Land" and beyond to spread
hope around the world.
Bumblebee Bob Novak
Nov. 17,1931 - July 14, 2015
Chicago artist/bluesman Novak played harmonica with B.B.
King, Freddie King, Muddy Waters, Humble Pie & others.
An Art Institute alum, his colorful art adorns the front
entrance of Rosa's Lounge and is collected worldwide.
Rosa's will host a memorial jam in his honor on Sept.
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Interview with Shuggie Otis
Musical prodigy and the son of late legend Johnny Otis,
Shuggie's early music influenced the likes of Prince and
Lenny Kravitz. Always ahead of his time, the
multi-talented artist has been rediscovered and is
hitting the comeback trail. He will perform at City
Winery on July 17.
R.I.P. Big Time Sarah
Jan. 31, 1953 - June 13, 2015
Sarah Streeter (a.k.a. Big Time Sarah) passed away at
age 62 from heart disease in a Chicago area nursing
home. She was a fixture on the Chicago Blues scene since
the 1970s, recorded for Delmark Records and sang with
Sunnyland Slim and others.
(photo: Michael Kurgansky)
NEWS: R.I.P. Riley B. King:
Sept. 16, 1925 - May 14, 2015
Blues fans around the world mourn the passing of the
King of the Blues.
Dianne Bruce Dunklau captured a tender moment with B.B.
King holding Peter Frampton's hand at RiverEdge Park,
Aurora in 2013 for Frampton's Guitar Circus Concert.
Interview with Devon Allman
Although his tenure with Royal Southern Brotherhood
winds down after four years, Allman has plenty in store
as he returns to his solo career. His new CD, Ragged
& Dirty, displays his "love affair" with Chicago
and the blues.
Jarekus Singleton at SPACE
What makes this rising young star so special that
Alligator Records snatched him up? Roving reporter Liz
Mandeville scoped out this uniquely talented artist to
find the answer.
Book Review/ Southern Soul-Blues
Chicago author Dave Whiteis offers an in-depth look at
this under-the-radar musical genre. Interviews with
Denise LaSalle, Bobby Rush, Latimore, Willie Clayton and
Winter in July
Indiana's poet laureate George Kalamaras pays tribute to
the late Johnny Winter. Exclusive photos!
REVIEW -- Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
Writer Terry Abrahamson celebrates the blues master's
new live CD and explores the mysticism of the Deep South
and Chicago's West Side grit that transformed Eddy
Harrington into Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, blues
LIVE REVIEW: The First Ever European
Chicago blues greats John Primer, Toronzo
Cannon, Ronnie Hicks, Peaches, Demetria Taylor, Mike
Wheeler, Omar Coleman and more sailed the sunny
Mediterranean for this maiden voyage. They showed the
international crowd how to party Chicago style!
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
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.
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.
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