Chicago Blues Guide
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REVIEW: Toronzo Cannon at Buddy
Guy's Legends, w/ opener Jimmy Nick
This rising blues star closed out the year with
a hometown set that showed why he is becoming an
international favorite who can name Buddy Guy among his
REVIEW: 2016 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark
Now in its 11th year, this major international
blues fest, known as Blues Heaven, easily earns
that title with acts like Ruthie Foster, Corey Harris,
Robben Ford, The Original Chicago Blues All Stars w/Holle
Thee Maxwell, Roy Rogers & more.
Greg Freerksen dies unexpectedly on Christmas day
RIP: June 4, 1951-Dec. 25, 2016
Greg was a civil rights and labor union attorney for 40
years. He hosted a blues show on WDCB for 20 years.
Services will be held in Oak Park.
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Barrelhouse Chuck dies at age 58
R.I.P.: July 10,1958 -Dec.12, 2016
(photo: Jennifer Noble)
Chuck Goering passed away after a long battle with
cancer. He was the only Chicago blues pianist to have
studied with: Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Blind
John Davis, Detroit Junior, Little Brother Montgomery &
Benefit/Memorial Tribute for Barrelhouse Chuck w/ Erwin
Helfer, Billy Boy Arnold, Mud Morganfield, John Primer, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, Kenny "Beedy
Eyes" Smith, Oscar Wilson, Joe Nosek, Nick & Kate Moss, Gerry Hundt,
Little Frank, Dave Specter & more at
See WTTW's Chicago Tonight feature on Chuck:
Interview with Joanna Connor
Chicago's guitar goddess has played around the world,
recorded for multiple labels and backed everyone from
Jimmy Page to Buddy Guy. Still she remains under the
radar. But a viral video and new CD shine a light on
this remarkable artist.
Chicago Blues Party w/ Jeff Stone, Charlie Love
(photo), Tomiko Dixon & guests at Penny
Since he moved back to Chicago, ace harp blower Stone
has been bringing South Side blues to the 'burbs.
Maurice John Vaughn & Demetria Taylor joined the party,
Dixon passes away at age 79
R.I.P: Aug. 1,1937 to Nov. 20, 2016
The widow of legendary Willie Dixon was the matriarch of
the Dixon family legacy. Born in Oxford, Mississippi,
she moved to Chicago in 1954 where she met her future
husband. After his death in 1992, she purchased the
Chess Studios building and turned it into
photo: Jennifer Noble
REVIEW: Big Head Blues Club w/ Mud
Morganfield, Billy Branch, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Erica
Brown presents: The Songs of Willie Dixon, Nov.
2, 2016, Arcada Theater
What's a blues lover to do when the Cubs are playing
Game 7 of the World Series at the same time as one
of the best shows of the year? Check out our review for
LIVE REVIEW: European Blues Cruise 2016
Set sail for a trip around the Mediterranean with
Billy Branch & Sons of the Blues, Carlos
Johnson, Stacy Brooks, Mitch Woods, Bill "Howl-N-Mad"
Perry & Shy Perry and more. Won't you let us
take you on a sea cruise?
Herb Kent passes away at age 88
R.I.P. 10/5/ 1928 - 10/22/2016
Legendary DJ, Herb "The Cool Gent" Kent hosted shows on
11 different radio stations in Chicago for more than 70
years. He did his final broadcast for V103 FM on the day
he passed away. Read more
photo: by Jennifer Noble, taken at Chicago Blues Hall of
Fame induction 2014
Bob Jones passes away at age 83
Robert A. Jones was a prolific blues and soul-blues
songwriter who wrote hit songs for Artie "Blues Boy"
White and others. He was also a performer, producer,
manager and agent. He was laid to rest on Oct. 23, 2016.
photo: by Roman Sobus, taken at
Chicago Blues Hall of Fame induction 2015
Osee Anderson, Sr. passes away on Oct. 10, 2016
Anderson was a Chicago blues guitarist who played in
Lonnie Brooks' Band and with many famous blues and R&B
artists. He went solo with his own band The Hit Squad,
wrote songs and released albums.
website for his bio.
Ted Harvey dies at age 85
R.I.P. 12/21/1930 -
The drummer for Hound Dog Taylor & The HouseRockers died
of natural causes in Chicago. Bruce Iglauer, who
launched Alligator Records with a Hound Dog Taylor
release 45 years ago, called Harvey "...one of the best
Chicago blues shuffle drummers ever."
For more bio info
photo: Jeff Nield
"Killer" Ray Allison dies at age 60
R.I.P. 6/23/1956 - 10/5/2016
The beloved Chicago blues drummer, singer & guitarist
passed in his sleep on 10-5-2016. A
GoFundMe campaign will help with funeral costs.
photo: Jennifer Noble
Holle Thee Maxwell & The Original Chicago Blues
All-Stars at Motor Row Brewing
It's always cause for celebration when a new venue books
authentic blues acts, especially when they are a part of
REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival
2016: Tribute To Otis Rush, Ronnie Earl & The
Broadcasters, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater
photo: by Jennifer Noble
Nick Moss Band to release new double CD
CBG takes you behind-the-scenes for a sneak preview/CD
review of the Nick Moss Band's new concept album,
From the Root to the Fruit, that
pays homage to the band's blues roots while taking the
blues into modern realms; a splendid musical journey
that rates 5 STARS.
Interview with Barry Goldberg
About to embark on a new tour with his bandmates in The
Rides--Stephen Stills and Kenny Wayne Shepherd--
Goldberg keeps Chicago and the blues close to his heart.
Interview with Jorma Kaukonen
The venerable folk-blues-roots guitarist discusses his
new CD, Rev. Gary Davis, John Lee Hooker, Fur Peace
Ranch and Hot Tuna. He pays homage to his recently
departed bandmates from Jefferson Airplane, Paul Kantner
& Signe Anderson.
Otis Clay dies at age 73
Chicago soul, blues, R&B, gospel singer suffered a heart
attack on Jan. 8, 2016.
R.I.P. Otis Clay; you will be greatly missed.
To see Dave Specter's
video interview with Otis in 2013: click
photo: Jennifer Noble
Interview with Dave Weld
A true blues
survivor, who has done it all and seen it all, Dave Weld
and his band The Imperial Flames are back with a
sophomore CD for Delmark Records. Weld has paid his
blues dues and lived to tell us about it.
Interview with Toronzo Cannon
This rising star just signed with Alligator, plays all
over the world and drives a CTA bus. How does talented
Toronzo manage his seemingly double life?
photo: Jennifer Noble
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.
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.
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
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.
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
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.
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