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photo: Jennifer Noble
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...
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!
REVIEW: Rock n Blues Fest 2013
Edgar Winter (photo), Rick Derringer, Canned Heat, Pat
Travers and Ten Years After rocked the Arcada Theater in
St. Charles for a night to remember. All of these
veteran blues rockers proved to be "Still Alive And
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2013
The largest free blues festival in the world celebrated
its 30th anniversary with some welcome surprises. This
year's theme celebrated the journey of the blues as it
rolled up the river to Chicago.
Irma Thomas, Bobby Rush, Earnest Guitar Roy, The Bar-Kays,
Ronnie Baker Brooks, Otis Clay, Shirley Johnson, Jimmy
Johnson and an all-star cast with James Cotton and more!
Otis Clay / photo: Jennifer Noble
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.
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Reunion 2013 at The Vic
Nick Gravenites, Barry Goldberg, Harvey Mandel, Corky
– these Chicago blues alumnae don’t get together very
often. When you add ex-Chicagoans
Charlie Musselwhite, Elvin Bishop and
Sam Lay, it is a very
special homecoming indeed. Add to the mix special guests
Ronnie Baker Brooks and
Lonnie Brooks and you have a
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 and will appear at Chicago
Blues Fest 2013, plus the Chicago Women in Blues show
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
REVIEW: 18th Annual Lucerne Blues Festival 2012,
Picturesque Lucerne was the spectacular setting for this
world class Swiss Blues Festival. We have a review &
photos of the fest's weekend, which included sets by:
Irma Thomas (photo), Charlie Musselwhite, the Chicago
Blues Revue, Barbara Carr, Guitar Shorty, Sista Monica &
Junior Wells, James Cotton, Mud Morganfield, Dave Specter,
Pinetop Perkins, Dave Weld, Charlie Musselwhite, Holmes Bros.,
Nick Moss, Janiva Magness, Cash Box Kings, Big James, Buckwheat
Zydeco, John Nemeth, 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.
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.
Dave Specter CD party w/ Otis
June 11, 2014
at SPACE, Evanston
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