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John WatkinsDec. 11: Benefit for John Watkins w/ Original Chicago Blues Allstars, Syl Johnson, Jimmy Johnson & Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater, 3-8 pm,  at Motor Row Brewing,  Chicago

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John Watkins/photo: Roman Sobus
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Charlie Love on guitarLIVE REVIEW:
Chicago Blues Party w/ Jeff Stone, Charlie Love
(photo), Tomiko Dixon & guests at Penny Road Pub

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, too.
Henry Gray headshotFEATURE: Interview with Henry Gray

At age 91, the piano legend is a true blues survivor who continues to defy the odds and thrive
Marie Dixon by Jenn NobleMarie 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 Blues Heaven Foundation headquarters.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Willie DixonLIVE 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 the answer.
Magic Dick & Shun NgFEATURE: Magic Dick & Shun Ng Interview

J. Geils harp master Magic Dick teams with young guitar whiz Shun Ng for new CD and tour into new musical territory.
Matthew Skoller small picFEATURE: Matthew Skoller Interview

Blues harp master Skoller's new CD, Blues Immigrant tell modern epic blues tales and more.
Mike Wheeler small photoLIVE REVIEW: Mike Wheeler Band at FitzGerald's

The hardest working blues man in Chicago and his killer band pulled out all the stops, with help from special guests, for "Bluesday Tuesday" in Berwyn.
Herb KentNews: 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 HERE.

photo: by Jennifer Noble, taken at Chicago Blues Hall of Fame induction 2014
Bob Jones by Roman SobusNEWS: 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.NEWS: 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.

Visit the website for his bio.
Ted Harvey photo NEWS: Ted Harvey dies at age 85

R.I.P. 12/21/1930 -
10/6/2016

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 CLICK

photo: Jeff Nield
Killer Ray Allison by Jenn NobleNEWS: "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 small photoLIVE REVIEW:
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 music history.
John Mayall by JennFEATURE: Interview with John Mayall

At nearly age 83, the "Godfather" of British blues shows no sign of slowing down, while keeping up a hectic pace of touring and recording.
Guy King at SPACE by Jenn NobleFEATURE: Interview with Guy King

Blues star on the rise: from the Holy Land to Blues Capitol Chicago, King comes full circle.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Otis Rush grabs mic at Chicago Blues Fest 2016LIVE REVIEW: Chicago Blues Festival 2016: Tribute To Otis Rush, Ronnie Earl & The Broadcasters, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater

photo: by Jennifer Noble
Otis Rush cowboy hatFEATURE: So Many Roads

George Kalamaras pays poetic homage to living blues legend Otis Rush
Heart photo by Roman SobusLIVE REVIEW: Heart with Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers at Genesee Theater

The royal ladies of classic rock sounded and looked timeless for a night of women power. Openers Mindi Abair & The Boneshakers with Sweet Pea Atkinson turned in a powerful set and made many new fans.
Nick Moss Band CD artFEATURE: 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.
The RidesFEATURE: 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.
Jorma Kaukonen smallFEATURE: 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.
Eddy Clearwater by Lynn OrmanLIVE REVIEW: Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater's 81st birthday bash at SPACE

It was a celebratory night with many special guests -- Ronnie Baker Brooks, Billy Branch, Mud Morganfield & more -- to pay tribute to The Chief, who remains forever young.
Otis Clay by Jenn NobleNEWS: 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 HERE
photo: Jennifer Noble
Webb WilderFEATURE: Interview with Webb Wilder

Eccentric roots rocker, known for songs like "Human Cannonball," pays homage to his home state with new CD and a local show.
Dave Weld by JennFEATURE: 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.
Lurrie BellLIVE REVIEW: 2015 Frederikshavn Blues Festival, Denmark

It's no wonder this 10 year old fest bills itself as "Blues Heaven on Earth." With acts like Lurrie Bell (photo), Warren Haynes, Walter Trout, Chick Rodgers, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Diunna Greenleaf, Ian Siegal & more, what's not to like?
European Blues Cruise gang by boat bannerLIVE REVIEW:
European Blues Cruise 2015


Chicago's Toronzo Cannon & the Cannonballs, Nellie "Tiger" Travis, Russ Green, plus Vasti Jackson & Lady "A," let the good times roll on the high seas for the second time.
Shemekia Copeland by JennFEATURE: Interview with Shemekia Copeland

Blues star Shemekia Copeland returns to home base with a new CD on Alligator that captures her artistic maturity and social conscience.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Toronzo Cannon by JennFEATURE: 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
Mavis StaplesLIVE REVIEW: Blues on the Fox 2015

Mavis Staples, North Mississippi Allstars, Otis Taylor, Royal Southern Brotherhood & more.

photo: Jennifer Noble
Lazer LloydFEATURE: 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. He will perform at Buddy Guy's Legends on Nov. 4.
Otis on guitarFEATURE: 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


B.B. King & Peter Frampton
Blues fans around the world mourn the passing of the King of the Blues.
Photo: 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.
Devon Allman by Roman Sobus smallFEATURE: 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.
Mavis Staples wails by JennLIVE REVIEW: I'll Take You There: Celebrating 75 Years of Mavis Staples

A star-studded cast from many musical camps descended upon Chicago to pay homage to one very special lady.
Jarekus SingletonLIVE REVIEW:
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.
Blues in Modern Days book coverFEATURE: Book Review/ Blues in Modern Days: 31 Artists in Their Own Words
 

Authors Terry Mullins & Bob Kieser have interviewed and photographed dozens of today's living blues artists from all corners of the U.S. Here are 31 of them "in their own words."
Jimmy Rogers book coverFEATURE: Book Review/ Blues All Day Long: The Jimmy Rogers Story

Author Wayne Everett Goins elevates this highly influential and beloved Chicago musician to his rightful place in the blues pantheon.
Southern Soul-Blues book cover smallFEATURE: 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 more.
Johnny Winter B&W horizontalFEATURE: Winter in July

Indiana's poet laureate George Kalamaras pays tribute to the late Johnny Winter. Exclusive photos!
Nick Moss & Michael LedbetterLIVE REVIEW -- Nick Moss Band, Kevin Purcell & The Nightburners

What do you get when two great hometown blues bands are jammin' on the same stage on the same night?  Blues on the Prairie Concert proved to be a family style night of soul satisfyin' music and more.
Charlie Love by JennFEATURE: Inside the Blues with Liz Mandeville

Charlie Love heads to Durban, South Africa as Blues Ambassador.
Charlie recalls his long journey from Chicago's South Side to this premiere international blues festival.
Eddy Clearwater coral suit smallCD 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 legend.
Selwyn Birchwood smallFEATURE: Interview with Selwyn Birchwood

It's no wonder this rising young blues star never stops smiling; his career is on a roll and for good reason.
Dave Specter verticleFEATURE: 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.
Tom MarkerFEATURE: 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.
Bobby Rush kicksFEATURE: 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...
PART 2
Bobby Rush small photoFEATURE: Bobby Rush's Grammy nod: A victory for The Blues

Muddy Waters tunesmith Terry Abrahamson celebrates Bobby's Grammy nomination with a nostalgic remembrance of "Chicken Heads". PART 1

Delmark 55th DVDREVIEWS:

CDs: 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.

DVDs: JJ Grey & Mofro, Tail Dragger, Delmark's 55th Anniversary, Maxwell Street, Son Seals, Jimmy Burns & more.

LIVE BLUES:  Stevie Wonder, Etta James, B.B. King, Buddy Guy, Pinetop Perkins, Joss Stone, Ryan Shaw, Mavis Staples, Booker T & the MGs, John Nemeth, more.

Chicago Slim wails guitar smallFEATURE: The Blues Doctor is in! Good guys wear black.

Dr. Dan Ivankovich, a.k.a. Chicago Slim, mends bones in the city's poorest 'hoods by day and plays the blues at night.
Mud Morganfield by JennFEATURE: Interview with Big Bill Morganfield

Blues is in the blood of this multi-talented award-winning singer, songwriter and guitarist who happens to be the son of Muddy Waters.
Donald KinseyFEATURE: 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.
Joanne Shaw Taylor live shotFEATURE: Interview with Joanne Shaw Taylor

British blues-rock artist Joanne Shaw Taylor is currently touring as part of Ruf Records Blues Caravan Tour.

The multi-talented young lady talks about her dream career so far, with more to come.
Liz Mandeville with frattoireFEATURE: 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 career as a blues singer, songwriter, guitarist, record label owner, author, speaker and painter.
Pierre LacocqueFEATURE: 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.
Buddy & Hopkins comic headshot FEATURE: Welcome Buddy and Hopkins!

The further misadventures of Buddy and  Hopkins are featured regularly on our website, thanks to talented artist Jason Nocera. Click on the photo to find out what kind of trouble they get into this month.
Magic Slim old photoLIVE REVIEW: A Night For Magic -- A Tribute to Magic Slim

It was a magical night at the Mayne Stage for one of the finest blues all-star lineups in recent memory, all playing to honor the late Morris "Magic Slim" Holt.
Alvin Lee smallFEATURE: Poetry by George Kalamaras

Our resident blues poet  pays homage to the recently departed guitar great Alvin Lee
Belly of the Blues book cover
FEATURE: Book Review
Terry Abrahamson's In the Belly of the Blues


 The author's life changing musical journey into “The Belly of The Blues” is chronicled through his iconic B&W photos and his written memoirs in this very enjoyable hardback.
J.B. RitchieFEATURE: Interview with J.B. Ritchie

 J.B. Ritchie has been playing the blues for nearly five decades. His wild ride of a life story would make a great screenplay.

Lonnie Brooks small 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.
Big Llou Johnson FEATURE: Interview with Big Llou Johnson


 "Bringing sexy back to the blues"

 The voice of B.B. King's Bluesville radio network releases his debut blues CD.
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