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
Our new radio feature is now available. Please check it out and let us know how you like it. After you've listened please email us your comments. We are especially interested in any operational problems, suggestions for improvements or tell us what you like/don't like about it. If all goes well the official launch date will be August 1, 2013. We sincerely thank you for your time and efforts.
Linsey Alexander's music is rooted in traditional blues with strong flavorings of deep soul and funk-driven R&B. This recording features five Linsey originals plus a cover of "Stranded". On the closer "Jealous Kind of Fella" Linsey warns his woman "Don't never think about hanging on me, 'cause you know what I'm gonna do? I'm gonna *69 yo ass woman and call you right back!"
74 years young, blues saxophonist Eddie Shaw is a living legend. He is the only musician that was a full-fledged member of the Muddy Waters band and the Howlin' Wolf' band. He played and recorded with the legendary Magic Sam. He continues leading The Wolf Gang, tours with George Thorogood and now has over a dozen albums.
Toronzo mixes up his unique arrangements of blues standards with a sneak preview of his new composition, "Earnestine". There's tons of Toronzo's hilarious asides like suggesting Earnestine is bow-legged from riding horses, "at least I'd like to think so!" Special guest Linsey Alexander sings and plays guitar on two originals.
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.
"Make some noise, you're gonna be on the radio" says John just before he starts playing the opening guitar riff to "Fire Down Below". As a teenager John saw Hound Dog Taylor, J.B. Hutto and Big John Wrencher playing raw, amplified blues at Chicago's Maxwell Street open air market. Under the spell of this music John started performing as Studebaker John & The Hawks.
"See, I know what I'm workin' with tonight, I'm workin' with a LIIIIIVE audience!" declares Vance Kelly. The headmaster of VKU unleashes a soul / blues / R&B / funk / rock n roll party. His 6 piece band covers T-Bone Walker, The Impressions, O.V. Wright, The Temptations, Prince, Bootsy Collins, Ray Charles and more!
At 84 years young Jimmy Johnson is still one of the most creative and original players on the Chicago blues scene. His high-pitched, gospel-tinged vocals can send chills up your spine. A member of the Jimmy Johnson Blues Band, Mike Wheeler now also has his own band and recording career. They are both powerful guitarists with their own unique sound. Jimmy and Mike join forces here for an exciting show of Chicago blues classics.
Chicago Blues Network's debut recording at Buddy Guy's Legends is SMOKIN'! Bandleader Pierre Lacocque was on fire this night, lead vocalist Inetta Visor sang seven Heat original compositions and shares the vocal spotlight with newcomer Michael Dotson who sings his own songs and adds killer guitar. Chris "Hambone" Cameron was added at the last minute for the recording and he brought a real Hammond B3 organ to help make the night special. And it was!
"One of the hottest rising Divas in the country" is how Nellie 'Tiger' Travis is introduced to the audience. Nellie showcases her singing and songwriting talents delivering her original songs "I Got It Like That" and "Before You Grab This Tiger By The Tail (aka "I'm In Love With A Man I Can't Stand"). Nellie also shares the stage with guest vocalist Demetria Taylor. It's live and as Nellie put it "Totally Uncut!"
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.