Chicago Blues Network’s Music Director and Guitar Instructor Dave Specter was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine for his single “The Ballad of George Floyd” featuring Billy Branch, on Delmark Records. READ THE ARTICLE HERE.
About a week after he watched footage of George Floyd’s death, seasoned Chicago bluesman Dave Specter did something he’d never done before — he wrote a topical song. “It was such a strange time,” he recalls. “Things were in a very dark place. The music business was shut down, and it was hard to get inspired. But I was struck by that video and I was reading about George Floyd, and I started writing about it. It was all-new territory for me.”
…”The Ballad of George Floyd” will be elevated to another level when it’s included in “Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom,” a new exhibit on the history of protest songs set to open May 21st at the WOODY GUTHRIE CENTER in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” – Rolling StoneThe Delmark Records single, produced by Danny Shaffer, was recorded LIVE right here on the Chicago Blues Network stage for BluesStream a Chicago/Kalamazoo Blues Party, with Dave Specter, Billy Branch and Brother John Kattke: