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The Faculty of Chicago Blues Bootcamp are offering online lessons of our entire Blues Network fakebook for you while taking shelter. For $23.95 per month, customers will receive up to 25 video lessons taught by Chicago Blues Masters. Each lesson shows techniques, riffs, chord changes and other insights which Faculty members use in Blues Clubs and Festivals around the country. Chicago Blues Bootcamp will donate 20% of each order to the Blues Foundation’s COVID-19 Blues Musicians Emergency Relief Fund.

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About Chicago Blues Network

Who we are

July 2nd - Jimmy Johnson, Dave Specter, Johnny Burgin & friends. Chicago Blues Bootcamp/Delmark Trading 4s

The Chicago Blues Network is a global social impact community of interest in the art form Chicago Blues. We connect Chicago Blues musicians with those who have a passion for the Chicago Blues style of music to further the study and appreciation of this urban music discipline.

Our goal is to become the destination for all things Chicago Blues, actively supporting musicians, record labels, clubs, festivals, foundations, neighborhoods and individuals. Through our bootcamps, our web-based training, our live Chicago Blues shows, our blues letter, our podcasts, and our social media we seek to bring together women and men of all ages in Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and The Americas.

We stand up for the dignity, respect and human rights of the global Chicago Blues community.


Brother Brett Champlin, Founder
(1947 – 2020)

When Brett was 13, he began to teach himself to play guitar on a used acoustic guitar that had only three strings. While in high school in Oakland, California, he played saxophone in a rock band but he switched to guitar when he was at Southern Illinois University, where he played in both a folk music duo and in a blues rock band. The band, originally named “OM”, moved to San Francisco in 1968 and changed it’s name to “Devil’s Kitchen.” Devil’s Kitchen Band played all of the major venues on the West Coast and especially the Bay Area, eventually becoming the “house band” at Chet Helms’ Family Dog Ballroom. They opened for and jammed with the Jefferson Airplane, Grateful Dead, Taj Mahal, Santana, Creedance Clearwater Revival, Big Brother & the Holding Company, Allman Brothers, Elvin Bishop, Charlie Musselwhite, Savoy Brown, Ten Years After, Lightning Hopkins, Big Mama Thornton, Magic Sam and many others. When that band broke up, Brett traveled around the world and eventually settled in Chicago, went back to school for his MBA, and worked as an IT Manager and Management Consultant in large corporations for the next 35 years before retiring to play music again. After retiring, Brett could be found at blues jams in the Chicago area or listening to his favorite blues players three to four nights a week. He also started going to harmonica and guitar camps that were fun but none that taught Chicago style electric urban blues. So he decided to start one and that is how the Chicago Blues Network was born.


Learn to play blues from the best

Meet the Chicago Blues Masters

Our faculty are professional musicians who work, live and breathe the Blues. Most of our faculty and guest artists are Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Artists. We are honored to introduce to you the instructors and staff of Chicago Blues Network.

Upcoming Events

Admission fee is $5. Use coupon code 'Crew' for $5.00 discount at checkout.

At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s Show – Thursday

November 5, 2020


At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s Show – Thursday

November 19, 2020


At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s Show – Thursday

December 3, 2020


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Come with us to Mission Viejo, CA today at 1PM CDT
Dave Specter, Billy Branch and Brother John Kattke perform The Ballad of George Floyd for
The Dr. Cornell West presentation, Cultivating Racial Equity and Social Justice in Educational and Professional... Practices, a Zoom Conference, free
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What's the world coming to?! More music and joy. ***Special Showing*** of At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s for European Blues Fans THURSDAY 10/29 at 7:00 PM CET (Paris Time). This "Wang Dang Doodle" concert features 5 musicians with an array of Chicago Blues. Tune in with $5 Tix: ...

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WangDangDoodle, Jimmy Johnson, John Primer, Billy Branch, Dave Specter

Blues Hall of Fame Living Chicago Blues Legend Jimmy Johnson trades 4s with John Primer and Billy Branch, as well as with Dave Specter and John...

Does anyone know if there was a recording of any of the Bronzeville Blues Walk performances from last Saturday,

Some of the folks in our network from California and Texas want to know. I would like to know myself.

Photo of the Week in bBlues Note Issue 1, Volume 24 -

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Photo of the Week in bBlues Note Issue 1, Volume 24

Junior Wells "Messing with the Kid" is one of 16 songs you can learn right here with the Chicago Blues Masters. Choose your instructor and get started!

Hear the 16 songs:
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#learnblues #bluesguitar #chicagoblues #bluesmusic #juniorwells

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Junior Wells - Messin' With The Kid

Junior Wells - Messin' With The Kid Montreux 1974 from the dvd "Muddy Waters - Messin' with the blues" A better version of previous upload

Let the singing soothe your soul! Know that if you sing, play guitar, bass or keys there's a place for you in At Home Chicago Blues. Learn from Chicago Blues Masters while you're at home!

Demetria Taylor and Lynne Jordan are featured in this At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s

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Lynne Jordan, Demetria Taylor, Billy Flynn, Dave Specter, John Kattke: Trading 4s. July 23, 2020

Chicago Blues Bootcamp's Trading 4s livestream concert featuring sets by Demetria Taylor and Billy Flynn followed by Lynne Jordan, Dave Specter and...

Coming Up! Tune in! Jimmy Johnson appears this Sunday, October 25, 2020 on "Blues and News with Brother Jacob" -- This radio show runs every Sunday from 6pm to 9pm CST on Buddy Guy Radio.
#bluesradio #blues #jimmyjohnson #buddyguy #chicagoblues

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Internet Radio — Keeping The Blues Alive

Blues History Feature: "Muddy Waters in Winter"
by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter

The late-career of Muddy Waters was a success in the studio and on tour due in large part to guitarist and producer Johnny Winter. In the early 70s, Muddy had released a few albums that ...didn't quite reach the standard he'd set for himself in the late 1950s and early 60s. After the release of "Electric Mud" in 1968, some music critics had written Waters off. The backlash from vocal critics and fans led to Muddy to disdain the record.

In 1975, Muddy parted ways with Chess Records. He took his talents to Blues Sky Records where he was paired with guitarist and producer Johnny Winter. Their first LP together, "Hard Again," released on January 10, 1977, was Waters' first album for his new label. The comeback album was heralded by critics and adored by Chicago blues fans. For most of the remainder of Waters' life, Johnny and Muddy made magic together in the studio and on stage.

The impact Johnny Winter had as a producer is clearly evident in the energetic, lively sound of "Hard Again." Right from Winter's screaming hyped-up intro to the song Mannish Boy, the listener is made aware that something special took place in Blue Sky's studios. Chicago bluesman Dave Specter sums it up, "Winter brought his energy and passion for Muddy's music into the studio and it was reflected in the sound of those records." In his consumer guide for The Village Voice, respected critic Robert Christgau attributed the record's intense quality to "the natural enthusiasm of an inspired collaboration," and remarked on its standing in Chicago blues, "except maybe for B.B. King's Live at the Regal and Otis Spann's Walking the Blues, I can't recall a better blues album than this." Hard Again was recorded in only three days. Winter produced Hard Again and two other well-received albums for Muddy Waters on Blue Sky.


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