As a young man in Mississippi, WILLIE BUCK travelled the chitlin’ circuit until he migrated to the home of the electric urban blues, Chicago. Hearing Muddy Waters perform in the mid-’50s, WILLIE BUCK adopted the Windy City as his spiritual home and has been a die-hard Chicago bluesman ever since. A Blues Hall-of-Famer and going on over 50 years as a performer, he is of our musical treasures. Buck could be seen at Rosa’s Lounge every Thursday before the pandemic and cannot wait to get back to work once the quarantine is lifted.  

Willie has a street named after him and he celebrates it in his most recent cd title “Honorary Blues legend Willie Buck Way” on Delmark Records. 

Photo taken at Rosa’s Lounge birthday celebration for Mama Rosa and John Primer live stream on Feb. 25, 2021.

To support Willie Buck until we can get back to the clubs go to: PAYPAL.ME/WILLIEBUCK. Willie’s Facebook page is: FACEBOOK.COM/OFFICIALWILLIEBUCK“Honorary Blues legend Willie Buck Way” and “Cell Phone Man” can be purchased on DELMARK.COM.

– 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.