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|NEWS: Chicago Blues Festival 2016
The world's largest FREE blues festival will be held in
Chicago's Grant Park June 10-12, 2016. Headliners
Shemekia Copeland, Lil' Ed & The Blues Imperials, Tommy
Castro & The Painkillers, Curtis Salgado, Toronzo
Cannon, Corky Siegel, Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater,
Ronnie Earl, Jimmy Johnson & an all-star tribute to Otis
Rush, Irma Thomas, J.B. Wesley & The New J.B.'s
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.
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
Charlie Love & The Silky Smooth Blues Band win the WCBS
Charlie Love and his band will represent Chicago in
Memphis in January for the International Blues
Challenge. Jamiah "On Fire" & Red
Machine won the Youth Showcase as well as the
best self-produced CD.
Charlie Love photo/ by Airshots
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.
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
Chicago Blues Fest 2015
Centennial Tributes to Willie Dixon & Muddy Waters,
Buddy Guy, Shemekia Copeland, Toronzo Cannon, Eddy
Clearwater, Billy Branch, Clarence Carter, Syl Johnson,
Zora Young & more.
photo: Dianne Bruce Dunklau
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.
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
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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