Excerpt From LURRIE BELL’S bio on his official website: WWW.LURRIE.COM
Born in 1958, the son of famed blues harmonica player Carey Bell, LURRIE BELL picked up his father’s guitar at the age of five and taught himself to play. He was clearly gifted. In addition, he grew up with many of the Chicago blues legends around him. Eddie Taylor, Big Walter Horton, Eddie C. Campbell, Eddie Clearwater, Lovie Lee, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Dawkins and many more were frequent visitors to his house. They all helped to shape and school him in the blues, but none as much as his father’s long-time employer Muddy Waters.
At seven years old, Bell left Chicago to live in Mississippi and Alabama with his grandparents. During this time he played mostly in the church, immersing himself in the passionate expressiveness of the gospel tradition. At fourteen he moved back to Chicago and continued to play in church as well as forming his first blues band while attending high school.
By seventeen Lurrie Bell was playing on stage with Willie Dixon. In 1977 he was a founding member of The Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. The band recorded three standout tracks for Alligator Records’ Grammy nominated Living Chicago Blues series. In 1978 Bell joined Koko Taylor’s band and stayed for several years, honing his chops and learning the ropes of being a traveling musician. He continued to work with his dad as well, recording the 1984 Rooster Blues album Son Of a Gun and several other titles for UK’s JSP Records. Not only was Bell recognized as an exceptionally talented guitarist and musician, his knowledge of different blues styles, his soulfulness and his musical maturity delivered write-ups in publications such as Rolling Stone and The New York Times.
Photo taken @ Chicago Blues Fest, 2016.
-Peter M. Hurley
2016: “Can’t Shake This Feeling” – Delmark Records
2013: “Blues in My Soul” – Delmark Records
2012: “The Devil Ain’t Got No Music” – Aria BG Records
2011: Chicago Blues: A Living History (The Revolution Continues) – Raisin’ Music w/Buddy Guy, Magic Slim, Billy Boy Arnold, Ronnie Baker Brooks, and Billy Branch
2009: Chicago Blues: A Living History – Raisin’ Music w/Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer and Billy Branch (Grammy Nominated)
June 26, 2021…Broad Street Blues & BBQ Fest-Griffith, IN
July 06, 2021…Fitzgerald’s-Berwyn, IL
July 31, 2021…Prairie Dog Blues Fest, Prairie Du Chien, WI
August 20, 2021…Rollin’ On The River Bluesfest-Keokuk, IA
September 17, 2021…Caribbean Club-Kyiv, Ukraine
September 25, 2021…Oxford Blues Festival-Oxford, MS
Management & Booking:
Tina Terry Agency
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 a 6th grade dance party discovery of Bo Diddley which led to Little Walter, muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and so on. It continues to this day.
VISIT PETER’S WEBSITE HERE.