Chicago Blues Network allows listeners to hear and share music recorded live in Chicago blues clubs. Chicago is the home of the blues with live performances every night. These shows number more than 3,000 annually which for the most part go undocumented. Chicago Blues Network's goal is to expose this great music to the world, encourage users to participate by posting on the site and to enrich the local blues community. With have officially opened our website to the public on August 1, 2013.
Master of string-bending blues Lurrie Bell burns through some Muddy Waters classics like "I'm Ready", "Hoochie Coochie Man", "Walking Thru The Park" and is joined by special guest vocalist Peaches Staten. Just two days earlier it was 15 degrees below zero and much of the city was closed including B.L.U.E.S. But Lurrie Bell heated things up and is accompanied by Russ Green, harmonica, Melvin Smith, bass and Willie "The Touch" Hayes, drums.
Even Chicago's brutal January cold snap couldn't stop Joe Barr & The Soul Purpose Band from a night of exciting blues, soul & R&B. Joe pays tribute to those who have influenced him musically covering Albert King, Bobby Bland, Johnnie Taylor, Stevie Wonder and Al Green. Soul Purpose brought the heat and it's a soul blues explosion!
Posted: June 09, 2013
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On this night Demetria was celebrating her 40th birthday and it was quite the bash. Many of Demetria's family were in the house including sister Brenda participating in the booty shakin' activities. Big Time Sarah was at the party and boy did she clown with the mens, especially Reggie, Demetria's son! Check out the photo gallery!!
Over the years Lil' Ed has continued to play the rough and tumble, boogie, slashing slide guitar, dance blues building a dedicated following some of whom like to call themselves "Ed Heads". There's lots of Lil' Ed's own songs here like "Hold That Train" and "Icicles In My Meatloaf" as well as great covers like the whacky-but-true "Cold Hearted Wrong Doing Woman".
"This is a message to the world. Wake up, stop crackin' jokes and use your head. 'Cause it's so ezee to be misled" preaches Tail Dragger. On January 11, 1976, Tail Dragger and Bob Corritore first met at the 1815 Club on Chicago's west side where they performed at a tribute to Howlin' Wolf, who had died the day before. This show was the Chicago record release party for their new album Longtime Friends In The Blues. The house was packed as it was also Chicago Bluesfest weekend.
What a pleasant surprise when Buddy Guy's rhythm section, Orlando Wright & Tim Austin, walked in to accompany Big Time Sarah! This show is classic Sarah with great blues, hilarious clowning and truly heart-felt moments. Sarah's sung "Summertime" hundreds of times but it doesn't get old. Sarah's says "I don't wanna hear a pin drop, I don't wanna hear nobody". And it really is QUIET in a blues club! There's also a birthday in the house and Sarah gets everybody in the party groove.
Singer, guitarist and songwriter Jimmy Burns is a contemporary bluesman who combines his Delta roots with R&B and soul to come up with a sound uniquely his own. Jimmy is a charismatic performer with an expressive, soulful voice and a melodic guitar style to match. This special solo performance features Jimmy covering everything from Arthur "Big Boy" Crudup to Sam Cooke to Muddy Waters to Foreigner! And Jimmy's got some great stories to tell.
Soul-rockin' Giles Corey paid his blues dues with Billy Branch & Sons of Blues, Otis Rush, Syl Johnson, Mississippi Heat and was a founding member of Lubriphonic. This show's got lots of killer soulful singing - Sam Cooke's "Bring It On Home To Me", R&B - Wilson Picket's "Don't Let The Green Grass Fool You", boogie blues - Sonny Boy's "Bring It On Home" and Giles originals that blend all these influences.
Marty Sammon shared the stage with Otis Rush for five years including an appearance on Rush's 2003 DVD, Live Part One, and Martin Scorcese's double Grammy Award winning Blues Series - Godfathers And Sons. Then he received the call to tour the world and perform with blues legend and Rock And Roll Hall Of Fame inductee Buddy Guy. For about a decade now, Marty has been a member of the "Damn Right Blues Band" and has contributed as a studio musician on Buddy's most recent recordings including Buddy's sixth Grammy Award winning album Living Proof.
Blues guitar great Lurrie Bell was on fire for this show. At 2:50 a.m. Lurrie kicked off Buddy Guy's composition "Man And The Blues". Lurrie really stretched out in the middle of the song. He takes three consecutive solos, each one building. Lurrie is bending the strings like crazy and playing behind the beat making it seem as if he's pulling the song apart at the seams!