JOHN PRIMER has kept it going throughout the pandemic by broadcasting a live stream performance every Sunday afternoon from 3-4:30 PM from his basement studio. “I have my guitar by me at all times,” says Primer. “If you don’t use it, you lose it, and I aim to keep the blues alive.”

I’ll be profiling John’s dedication to his broadcasts a little more in depth in May’s issue of Living Blues Magazine. 

Check out John’s amazing weekly streams on HTTPS://WWW.FACEBOOK.COM/JOHNPRIMERBLUES/ and lay a little somethin’ on him in the tip jar.  And don’t forget to vote for John in this year’s Blues Music Awards for Traditional Blues Male ArtistHTTPS://BLUES.ORG/BLUES-MUSIC-AWARDS/.


Photo taken Dec. 4, 2020 @ Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s live stream performance, Skokie Theater. 

– © Peter M. Hurley

Mr. Hurley is a contributing photographer and writer for Living Blues Magazine and the staff photographer for Chicago Blues Network. His recent book Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago, in collaboration with Blues historian and author David Whiteis, showcases his work in the field. His passion for blues music began with the Chess Studios’ sound of Bo Diddley and continues to this day. VISIT PETER’S WEBSITE HERE.