On Sunday, the Los Angeles Lakers beat the Miami Heat to win the NBA Championship. Tremendous 6 game series between the teams. Jimmy Butler and LeBron James. Fierce competition all night long.


On Competition
There was a discussion last week about Junior Wells and James Brown, or maybe more Junior Wells v James Brown. Harp v Horns. Blues v Funk. Chicago v SC/GA/OH/NY. Brings in Buddy Guy and Bootsy Collins. Chess Records v King Records. The fedora v the cape.

These two iconic figures thrived off the competitive drive to always improve. Billy Branch told us the story of Sonny Boy Williamson smacking the harp out of Junior’s hand early on; telling his student he had a long way to go. Junior got there. Both men continually refined their acts. Comparisons were inevitable. Then the question pops: Who do you prefer? Who’s better? Why? My answer is that we are all better off for being able to savor both artists. That’s the value of competition.

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“As a little kid, blues meant hope, excitement, pure emotion…made me wanna move, or sing, or pick up Reverend’s guitar and figure out how to make those wonderful sounds.” ― B.B. King
October 7, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 22
At Home Chicago Blues in the News
We’ve been bringing you online lessons, as well as Trading 4s shows where you can see some of Chicago’s finest blues players in action and watch any time from your home.
Scott L’Wood Weil, the driving force of At Home Chicago Blues, was recently featured in JUF News!
“Heart of the Blues”
by Joanna Connor
Joanna Connor is a weekly contributor to bBluesNote with her column “Heart of the Blues.” Joanna is a Guitar Instructor with At Home Chicago Blues. To learn more about Joanna visit her website or watch her videos. To take lessons with Joanna, click here, or email us at info@athomechicagoblues.com.
We are all bombarded with seemingly fantastical and disturbing news stories every day, almost hourly. It was a much needed break for me to visit my son in Los Angeles and my daughter in Silver City, New Mexico. 

My son and I are driving the 650 miles back to LA because Silver City is so remote that air travel is almost impossible. It’s in the high desert, 6500 feet up , the air is pure and sun is almost a constant every day. While my daughter is getting her masters and being an assistant basketball coach, it strikes me that I was here in 2002 performing in the Silver City Blues Festival along with some heavy headliners. The fest stands out in my mind because the setting was gorgeous and the people attending were so enthusiastic, we all were one tribe of humanity celebrating this life through the transcendence of the Blues- pure joy and adrenaline. 

I have been so fortunate to travel all over the world playing my interpretation and my homage to the Blues. Asia, South America, Europe, and North America. And wherever we went, particularly playing in festivals, I witnessed the power and deliverance of this music, even in remote corners of the world, in places like Silver City, once a booming Wild West mining town, home to the likes of Billy the Kid. 

While we all navigate these intense times, and improvise ways to still enjoy live music, I encourage all of you to pick up your instrument, or sing out and express yourself. Music is a river of feeling, and most assuredly the Blues a vehicle. Be well!

Until next week, 
Joanna Connor 

 

At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4’s #2 Slide by Slide 6/4/20 featuring Joanna Connor, Katherine Davis, Donna Herula

Artist Series: Joanna Connor (at Buddy Guy’s Legends)

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“IF YOU DON’T DIG THE BLUES YOU HAVE A HOLE IN YOUR SOUL.” – MARY LANE

September 30, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 21
Thursday October 1st at 6:45 PM CDT
Mary Lane, Brother John Kattke

At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s Concert…plus a lesson!
Tomorrow is our 11th episode, and we welcome legendary Chicago Blues vocalist Mary Lane, and Brother John Kattke, to the stage.
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Trailer for “I Can Only Be Mary Lane” Documentary about Mary Lane 
“Heart of the Blues”
by Joanna Connor
Joanna Connor will be a weekly contributor to bBluesNote with her column “Heart of the Blues.” Joanna is a Guitar Instructor with At Home Chicago Blues. To learn more about Joanna visit her website or watch her videos.

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Hello fellow blues lovers,aficionados, and new converts. Thank you for bearing witness, being a participant to this maiden voyage of my reflecting on my musical inner life and my torrid and sometimes perilous love affair with one of America’s most staggeringly important and passionate gifts to the world- the Blues. You can google my name and read fairly accurate sketches of my career in this music. But I am here to fill in the dusty blanks, and perhaps inspire you to begin or continue your own story as a player or a listener of this music that has its hooks in me since I was a small child. 

Can I fully understand why Taj Mahal and his landmark recording “ Giant Steps/ The Old Folks At Home “ became my favorite record at the age of 5- not exactly. However I can tell you that every track on that two record set, whether it was the greasy groove of the aptly titled “ Bacon Fat” or the deceptively simple, gentle rolling feel of “Fishing Blues” or Taj’s silky sensual voice , seasoned with a slight sandpaper roughness, all captivated me and took me somewhere that felt warm and magical. And from that age I sang and danced and played air guitar (upside down, I am ambidextrous and probably should have been a left handed guitarist) and performed for many an imaginary audience. Flash forward to Bonn, Germany and Rock Palast TV show in the early 90s- I am backstage about to go on and there he is- one of the paramount influences of my own musical soundtrack – Taj Mahal who knows of me, is a down to earth, intelligent and powerful king like man, comfortable in his skin, radiating and filling the backstage with all kinds of lovely energy. We talk and he jokes that we both escaped central Massachusetts. (apologies to the area we both grew up in! ) And flash to last night-

I performed Saturday night outside in the middle of an Illinois corn field, wind gusting mightily, an orange moon overhead. The music we played was just as wondrous as that setting. It felt so cathartic for me and the small crowd. It was tribal, it was sad, it was sexy, it was angry, it was fiery, it was moist and gentle like a soft rain- it was the Blues. I miss this. I know we will all be more appreciative, more enthralled with this organic life blood music when it once again comes back like it always does. Until next time- stay healthy, play your guitars, sing, play your basses, your harmonicas. Study with the Blues Boot Camp. 
Joanna 
Taj Mahal – “Take a Giant Step”
Furry’s Long Road
by bBluesNote Contributor Marty Weil
In 1916, Delta bluesman Furry Lewis nearly died in a train accident on a twenty-mile stretch of track between Du Quoin and Carbondale, Illinois. As a result of the accident, Lewis had to have his leg amputated at the knee. He was fitted with a wooden leg and quickly returned to his life on the road as a traveling blues troubadour.

Furry Lewis, who lived most of his life in Memphis, spent more than 40 years as a professional musician. He played in one of the city’s first jug bands, and he was among the first to bluesmen to record in Memphis. He opened for the Rolling Stones and appeared opposite Burt Reynolds in a Hollywood movie. Lewis also made appearances on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson. Even with such an impressive resume, Lewis is often overlooked in conversations about early 20th century blues music, which may be due to his relatively small catalog of recordings before the Blues Revival of the 1960s.

Furry Lewis was born in Greenwood, Mississippi, at some point between 1898 and 1910. The exact date of his birth is disputed. What’s not in question is after sparsely recording in the 1920s, Lewis took a job with the City of Memphis as a street sweeper in 1930. In 1959, he was “rediscovered” by musicologist Samuel Charters who was researching a book about the blues. 

In the 1960s, Lewis was back in the recording studio, and much of his earlier work was reissued, even as he continued to sweep the streets of Memphis. In the 1970s, he toured and performed throughout the U.S. and overseas. By the late 70s, his health failing and finances dwindling, Lewis was forced to pawn his guitar. He died of cardiac arrest on September 14, 1981. “When I lay my burden down,” a line of Furry’s lyrics is etched on his tombstone.
Furry Lewis – “John Henry”
Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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September 23, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 20
Making Blues Right at Home

A message from Joanna Connor, Faculty Member At Home Chicago Blues:

“You may know that I am originally from Massachusetts. My prime motivation to move to Chicago was to study the musicians performing nightly in Chicago. No record could offer me what I was privileged to absorb. 

I would have maybe stayed in Massachusetts if there had been the absolutely fantastic opportunity and technology available to me in the 80s that the At Home Chicago Blues offers now, https://athomechicagoblues.com.

You can be comfortably at home taking this in! There are many videos offering guitar lessons on the internet. But none of them can deliver the authentic experience of studying with a seasoned veteran of the fertile and world renowned Chicago Blues scene, including my weekly Zoom sessions with my students. 

I spent many decades playing with blues luminaries such as Buddy Guy, Junior Wells, Luther Allison, Otis Rush and I would love to pass on some of the inspiration and insights I received to you.”

Thanks, Joanna. And now, try At Home Chicago Blues for one month for free! No registration, no credit card. 

Just contact us via email, allison@athomechicagoblues.com and we will get you set up to start taking lessons with Joanna or the other Faculty members. If you like what you see, you can register for $23.95 per month here, https://athomechicagoblues.com.

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Blues from the Inside Out Podcast
Hosted by At Home Chicago Blues Musical Director Dave Specter
Host Dave Specter Interviews Joanna Connor
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No Border Blues Podcast
with Johnny Burgin & Stephanie Tice

Hosted by At Home Chicago Blues Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin
No Border Blues is a new podcast that deals with international blues artist and the international blues scenes. Check out this Interview with Nepalese Blues Artist Ashesh Dangol.

No Border Blues Interview
with Nepalese Blues Artist Ashesh Dangol

What Are Blue Notes?
By Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory

In 1952, Chicago author and radio host Studs Terkel presented a weekly show at Chicago’s Blue Note. One memorable night, when bluesman Big Bill Broonzy was late for the show, Terkel called Broonzy’s home to inquire about his headliner. “Bill is on the way,” Terkel was told, “to England!” (to perform with Mahalia Jackson). 

The Blue Note in Chicago was a large, well-lit club, the size of three Loop storefronts combined. The club derived its name from the musical “Blue notes” which are notes that are sung or played at a slightly different pitch from the standard. Typically the alteration is between a quartertone and a semitone, but this varies depending on the musical context. “Like the blues in general,” wrote Peter van der Merwe, author of Origins of the Popular Style, blue notes can mean many things. One quality that they all have in common, however, is that they are lower than one would expect.”

Another blue note of note is Blue Note Records—an American blues and jazz record label owned by Universal Music Group and operated under Capitol Music Group. The label was established in 1939 by Alfred Lion and Max Margulis. There has been much sampling of classic Blue Note Records’ tracks by both hip hop artists and for mashing projects. In 1993, for example, the group Us3 designed the entirety of its debut album upon samples from classic Blue Note records.

Blue notes are used in many blues songs and conventional popular songs with a “blue” feeling, such as Harold Arlen’s “Stormy Weather.” Blue notes are also prevalent in English and Irish folk music. If Big Bill hadn’t been busy flying to Europe, Terkel would likely have heard more than a few blue notes during Broonzy’s scheduled set in 1952. As it turned out, Studs just had the blues that evening.

 
Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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September 16, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 19
Concert Announcement: This Thursday 9/17/20 at 7:00 PM CDT is the 10th Episode of Trading 4s. Celebrate with us as we welcome: Jimmy Burns, Anne Harris and Dave Herrero!
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Blues History Feature
The Dynamic Duo of Chicago Blues
By Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory

Gotham City had Batman and Robin. Chicago had Buddy Guy and Junior Wells. While Buddy Guy remains on the scene, his sidekick of many years passed in 1998. From 1958 until Wells’ untimely death, the two Chicago blues greats collaborated on a slew of records and tours.

In the mid-80s, for the princely sum of one dollar, I had the opportunity to see these truly legendary bluesmen perform at my university. Guy and Wells put on a clinic in the art of the blues for me and my fellow Illinois State Redbirds. By then, the pair had already toured the world and put out a number of acclaimed albums, including “Play the Blues” and “Drinkin’ TNT and Smokin’ Dynamite”. Most notably, Guy (under the pseudonym “Friendly Chap”) played a major role in making Junior’s 1966 debut album, “Hoodoo Man Blues,” one of the finest LPs in the history of the idiom.

Records made by Wells and Guy had a major impact on the members of the Rolling Stones, which culminated in the two Chicagoans touring Europe with the famous rock group in 1970. Beyond working with the Stones, the pair were in high demand at blues festivals at home and abroad. No matter where they roamed, the two kindred souls always returned home safe in the knowledge that the funky, soulful vibe they laid down on record would thrill blues fans well into the future. Remembering his friend, Buddy Guy once observed that “Junior and me [sic] are both from the old school. We were students of Muddy Waters and them. They handed the blues to us. And we did our thing and have been trying to carry it on to the young people.”

Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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Podcast Feature: “Blues from the Inside Out” 
At Home Chicago Blues Instructor and Musical Director Dave Specter starts conversations on the Blues from the Inside Out podcast. In this episode, he interviews Shemekia Copeland.
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Host Dave Specter
Interviews Shemekia Copeland
Online Concert: Trading 4s Archive

Mud Morganfield, Johnny Burgin, Rick Kreher & Friends

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Mud Morganfield, featured in this concert from 7/9/20, is part of Chicago Blues history. Read this article by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory on our Chicago Blues Bootcamp Facebook page and learn more…

The blues is more than a century old. From the beginning, it has been a family business. One of the earliest legacy families belonged to Henderson Chatmon. Born around 1850, Chatmon produced some of Mississippi’s most important blues and string band musicians….Read more
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Correction from Issue 1, Volume 18, in the article on Paramount Records, “chair-come-record company” should be “chair-cum-record” company. To read the article, click here. Thank you!
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September 9, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 18
In this issue…the fascinating roots of Paramount Records in the 1920s, conversations with Dave Specter as he interviews Donald Kinsey…and more. 
Feature: The Stories Behind the Blues
Of Paramount’s Importance
By Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
How did Paramount, a Wisconsin chair company, come to dominate the blues record market of the 1920s? The company’s bold pivot into the then untested market for records by African American blues performers proved instrumental in establishing the blues as the first original American musical art form.
The company is perhaps most famous for the legendary 14-song recording session with Delta blues pioneer Charley Patton. The chair-cum-record company used a clever advertising strategy to market Patton’s release of “Screamin’ and Hollerin’ the Blues.” The company released the first 10,000 copies of the song under the name “The Masked Marvel.” Through ads in various publications, record-buyers were invited to guess the name of the artist in exchange for a free copy of the disc.

Skip James’ 1931 recordings for Paramount rank among the rarest blues records. Due to poor sales during the Great Depression, James’ discs all but vanished after their limited release in 1931. While the Depression led to Paramount closure in 1935, internal incompetence had long been undermining the company’s viability. Sadly, James’, Patton’s, and many other artists’ unsold 78s were still sitting in the company’s warehouse when the company unceremoniously folded. A former Mayor of Port Washington, Wisconson, told a researcher that as a teen he took 78s out of the shuttered warehouse and flung them off the roof of Paramount—shooting them like clay pigeons as they spun through the air. Since the steel masters had previously been melted down for their scrap value, the remaining 78s were irreplaceable. 

Beginning in 1948, several attempts were made to acquire and reissue Paramount’s catalog of recordings. Finally, in 1970, the rights to Paramount’s back catalog were acquired by George H. Buck. The use of the name “Paramount Records” was later purchased from Buck by Paramount Pictures, a previously unconnected company.
Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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Talking Blues: Conversations with Artists on “Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast
At Home Chicago Blues Instructor and Musical Director Dave Specter starts conversations on the Blues from the Inside Out podcast. In this episode, he interviews Donald Kinsey. These are great stories, please tune in.
 
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From the Archives…Interview with Donald Kinsey
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August 26, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 16
Upcoming Events
Chicago Blues Network
& Kalamazoo Valley Blues Association Proudly Present:


BluesStream:
A Chicago/Kalamazoo Blues Party

Honoring Kalamazoo as the birthplace of Gibson Guitars in 1902

This Sunday August 30th
2:00 PM – 8:00 PM CDT

A six-hour celebration of Blues music, culture, and history
streaming live
Where: Facebook Live, https://bit.ly/FBtrading4s
Also on: Live YouTube, https://bit.ly/seeChicagoBlues
Tickets: Pay what you feel, minimum $1
Purchase tickets here: https://bit.ly/BluesStream

Featuring 3 bands from Kalamazoo and performances by The Chicago Blues Network Faculty. Special guest host: Pastor Phil Jackson, The Firehouse Community Arts Center.
Virtual tip jar for the performers: click here to tip!
100% of the tips go directly to the Kalamazoo and Chicago performers. Additional contributions will be made by the producers to Blues Foundation COVID-19 Blues Musicians Emergency Relief Fund, Firehouse Community Arts Center in Chicago and the Kalamazoo Black Arts & Cultural Center.  

 
This Sunday 2:00 PM – 8:00 PM
Tune in at any time!
BluesStream Facebook Event
Plus, Trading 4s Concerts on First and Third Thursdays at 7:00 PM CDT, LIVE on Facebook and Youtube.
Next shows are Thursday September 3 (featuring Guy King and Ivy Ford), and September 17.  
Special Feature
The Birth of the Blues
By Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory

The birth of the blues is often dated to 1903. Credit for its discovery goes to the W.C. Handy, the Father of the Blues. It’s Mr. Handy’s blues after all. But is it? By the time of his death in 1958, most everyone believed it to be that way. When Handy died, at the age of 84, more than 25,000 people attended his funeral at Harlem’s Abyssinian Baptist Church. Over 150,000 gathered outside. A park had already been named for him in Memphis and more accolades and honors had been stacked in his office. 

Funeral Of W C Handy – Father Of The Blues (1958)

It was at a train station in Tutwiler, Mississippi, that Handy first heard an unknown guitarist play the blues. Clearly, it wasn’t the first time it had been played; but, it was perhaps the first time a man of means and taste had heard it. The wise and resourceful Handy knew he was on to something good. He is in my mind the “discoverer” of the blues, and, for that alone, he deserves to be remembered and honored. Handy was also the idioms’ first full-time promoter. The first exploiter of the blues. He would not be its last.
Marty Weil is the editor of  @ChiBluesHistory on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
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Podcast: Blues from the Inside Out
Interview with Ronnie Baker Brooks
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Listen to this fascinating interview with Host Dave Specter and Chicago bluesman Ronnie Baker Brooks about time Brooks spent on the road with his father, as well as experiences in the studio, plus basketball, getting absorbed in songs, and healing. “I have and always will have a tremendous amount of respect for our elders,” says Brooks. 
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August 19, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 15
Thursday August 20th 7:00 PM CDT
join us as we welcome 

Nick and Kate Moss
Fruteland Jackson

At Home Chicago Blues
Trading 4s Concert Series

The concert is live-streamed on our Chicago Blues Bootcamp Facebook page and our Chicago Blues Network Youtube channel. The show is pay-what-you-can, starting at $1.
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Mark your calendar for Trading 4s Concerts 
First and Third Thursdays
7:00 PM CDT
 
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Nick and Kate Moss

Fruteland Jackson

Learn Blues at Home
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New Line-up for this week’s At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s show:
Thursday August 6, 2020 at 7:00 PM CST
Virtual Concert featuring Chicago Blues Bootcamp Faculty
and Special Guests
TORONZO CANNON
DONNA HERULA, KATHERINE DAVIS & HARLAN TERSON 
This week’s show will be filmed at the beautiful Skokie Theatre. Tickets are $1. Enter the coupon code “Crew” and registation is FREE. 
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We are excited to welcome Toronzo Cannon to the Trading 4s Stage. Watch Toronzo in action!
Latest Blues from the Inside Out podcast show:
Dave Specter Interviews

Jorma  Kaukonen
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Jorma Kaukonen is a featured guest on Dave Specter’s album Blues from the Inside Out, where the two join forces on this song “How Low Can One Man Go?” You can watch the video here:
This Week’s Featured Track:
“Key to the Highway”

Learn it with John Kattke
Hear the Chas Segar/Big Bill Broonzy blues classic “Key to the Highway” performed by Freddie King in the video below. This classic song has been performed by many blues legends throughout the decades.
Then, learn more about the song with our Chicago Blues Master faculty John Kattke:
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July 29, 2020  Volume 1, Issue 12
Announcing: the Latest “Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast
An interview with Rick Holmstrom,
Music Director for Mavis Staples
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Listen as Dave Specter interviews Rick Holmstrom about his musical journey, from his early days to now.
Mavis Staples with Rick Holmstrom
Birthday Celebration #ChicagoBlues Style!
Sunday August 2 
Happy birthday, John Hugunin, Chicago Blues Boot Camper from the Bay Area. We are celebrating John’s 60th with a WangDangDoodle of our own.

When: Sunday, August 2, 2020
Who:   Johnny Burgin with Johnny Sansone
Time:  4:00 pm Pacific Daylight Time
Where: Chicago Blues Bootcamp Facebook Page Streaming Live, via 
https://bit.ly/60isJohn 
For the benefit of: Canal Alliance, 
https://canalalliance.org and Firehouse Community Arts Center, https://thefcac.org
 
Admission: Whatever you want to pay, minimum $1. All funds go to the artists, the Canal Alliance and the Firehouse Community Arts Center.


Cause we all know in our minds
That there ought to be a time
That we can set aside
To show just how much we love you
And I’m sure you would agree
It couldn’t fit more perfectly
Than to have a world party on the day you came to be


Happy Birthday everyone!
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July 22, 2020  Volume 1, Issue 11
A powerhouse Trading 4s show perfect for #chicagobluesfans like you is coming Thursday, July 23 at 7:00 PM CST. Tune in on our YouTube Channel, live, https://bit.ly/seeChicagoBlues, or Facebook live page, https://www.facebook.com/ChicagoBluesBootcamp.
With Lynne Jordan, Billy Flynn, Demetria Taylor, John Kattke and Dave Specter, a good time is assured with these all-stars!
Please help support these performing Chicago Blues Musicians and the Firehouse Community Arts Center with your appreciation: 
 https://athomechicagoblues.com/support-the-artists/
‘Take 5’ to Vote
for Your Chicago Blues Masters
Living Blues award nominees:
Billy Branch, nominated for Most Outstanding Musician
Dave Specter, nominated for Album of the Year
Click Here to Vote for Billy and Dave in Living Blues Magazine
Congratulations to Blues Blast 2020
Awards Nominees

incuding some of your #ChicagoBluesMasters

Billy BranchBest Blues Band for Billy Branch & The Sons Of The Blues  

Billy Branch – Best Traditional Blues Album for Billy Branch & The Sons Of Blues – Roots And Branches – The Songs Of Little Walter

Johnny BurginBest Live Blues Album for Johnny Burgin – LIVE
Want to learn blues this summer from the stars of Trading 4s, from the nominees for Album of the Year, Live Album of the Year?
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Dave Specter’s full Blow Wind Blow lesson
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July 8, 2020  Volume 1, Issue 10
Here’s Billy Branch and John Primer Trading 4s at the most recent concert.
Mud Morganfield & his Band, plus Johnny Burgin, headline the next Trading 4s Show where there’s prizes and live Q&A with Blues Masters and Faculty.
 
Thursday July 9 at 7:00PM CDT
Mullti-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in best of traditions of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today. He is acclaimed by both critics and artists such as Buddy Guy and Jools Holland for his own musical ability.
Johnny Burgin earns his name as The Worldwide West Side Guitar Man by performing up to 250 shows a year in Europe, Japan and coast to coast in the US.  Johnny started his career in the rough and tumble neighborhood blues joints on Chicago’s West Side with Howlin’ Wolf disciple Tail Dragger, and went on to tour and record with blues legends such as Pinetop Perkins, Sam Lay and Billy Boy Arnold.  He’s been praised by the Cascade Blues Association for his “stunning guitar playing– the pure Chicago styled sound”, and his fans love Johnny’s take on the intense, stripped-down “West Side sound” of Otis Rush, Magic Sam and Buddy Guy. 
The online concert Thursday, July 9th at 7:00 PM CDT is FREE but please register here:
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Questions? Contact scott@athomechicagoblues.com
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June 30, 2020  Volume 1, Issue 9
We provide an opportunity for our Faculty to share live Chicago Blues with you this Thursday.  Admission is free, with a virtual tip jar to help support performing Blues musicians and the Lawndale, Chicago Firehouse Community Arts Center.  Each show includes chat, live Q&A with performers and other prizes/surprises.
 
Thursday July 2
7:00PM CDT

WangDangDoodle

An intimate evening with 5 Master Blues artists: Jimmy Johnson, John Primer, Billy Branch, John Kattke and Dave Specter. 
Our host: Pastor Phil Jackson of the Lawndale Firehouse Community Arts Program in Chicago.  Filmed at: SPACE in Evanston, IL.
Once you register, you’ll be directed to our Facebook page to watch the show on Thursday. Read on for why this show is special…
Reason #1
Donations and tips from this concert benefit:
Lawndale Firehouse Community Arts Program:  The Firehouse Community Arts Center has served as a safe haven for young people in the Chicago area for over a decade and has been coordinating various events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence. Learn more.
Reason #2
Special interview about a prize Guitar and the connection with learning Blues in schools
At our 6/23 Trading 4s show, we raffled off black and white Fender Stratocaster (signed by all 4 Chicago Blues Masters performing: Katherine David, Paul Kaye, Mike Wheeler, Larry Williams). The guitar was won by Gail Patrick (left); whose son plays drums for Katherine Davis. Caleb, the drummer, 
connected with Davis through her Chicago Blues program she puts on for Chicago Public Schools which brings students a hands-on experience to learn, compose and perform with her! What’s notable is that the blues drummer is only 14 years old!  Congratulations Gail! 
We plan to host an interview with Gail Patrick and Katherine Davis on ZOOM prior to the 7/2 Concert with Dave Specter, so we can all learn more about this story. Tune in at 6:45 PM CDT (15 minutes before showtime) to hear the interview!
Reason #3
Jimmy Johnson recently featured in Living Blues
Jimmy Johnson was one of many terrific artists featured in the Special Double Issue of Living Blues. Now 91 years old, Jimmy Johnson recently released Every Day of Your Life on Delmark Records.

We are proud to present Jimmy Johnson LIVE on stage, with Chicago Blues Hall of Fame Guitarist John Primer, plus Billy Branch, John Kattke and Dave Specter at WangDangDoodle on July 2 at 7:00 PM CDT.
The concert is FREE but please register here:
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Questions? Contact scott@athomechicagoblues.com
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