“If you don’t know the blues..there’s no point in picking up the guitar and playing rock-n-roll or any other form of popular music.” – Keith Richards
October 14, 2020 Volume 1, Issue 23
Two Events This Week The blues plays on!
TRADING 4s with Mary Lane and John Kattke Thursday October 15th 7:00 PM CST
1) At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s with Mary Lane and Brother John Kattke returns by popular demand. Check out the online concert and invite a few friends to do the same. $5 tickets support the artists and The Firehouse Community Arts Center in Chicago. Tune in and see this living legend as well as multi-instrumentalist and At Home Chicago Blues Faculty member.
Trading 4s is Hosted by Dave Specter, At Home Chicago BluesMusical Director and Guitar Instructor, who also interviews the artists and provides a guitar lesson at the beginning of the show, which shows you a song from the upcoming set. Catch it at 7:00 PM.
Around the City… The Bronzeville Blues Walk Saturday October 17th, 2:00 PM – 5:00 PM (Rain Date: 10/18)
1) The Bronzeville Blues Collaborative, in collaboration with the Muddy Waters Mojo Museum, is sponsoring the Bronzeville Blues Walk along Muddy Waters Drive (43rd Street) as part of the Open House Chicago exploration of the Bronzeville community, the heart of Black Chicago. Several historic blues sites along Muddy Waters Drive will be activated with live, socially distanced performances. Each site will celebrate a unique era of the blues.
“The Three Kings of the Blues” by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
B.B. King was the King of the Blues. The same is true for Albert King. Then there’s Freddie King, often mentioned third, but no less important than the other two. Collectively, the legendary bluesmen who share the surname King are affectionately known as the Three Kings of the Blues.
B.B. King was instrumental in introducing a more sophisticated style of blues guitar soloing. Based on a fluid string bending and shimmering vibrato, King’s playing influenced many electric guitar players. King was inducted in the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 1987 and is one of the most influential bluesmen of all time. The left-handed Albert King (a.k.a, the velvet bulldozer) was inducted into the Blues Hall of Fame in 1983. He was posthumously inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2013. In 2011, he was ranked number 13 on Rolling Stone’s 100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time. The hard-driving, hard-living Freddie King had a powerful and soulful voice and played a distinctive style of blues guitar, which inspired many musicians. King was introduced into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2012.
Labeling these artists as the “Three Kings” has sometimes led to confusion among journalists and fans, but it never seemed to bother B.B., Freddie, or Albert. Whenever people asked B.B. if he and Albert were related, B.B. was known to laugh and answer, “He’s not my brother by blood, but he is my brother in the Blues.”
Marty Weil’s Three Kings of the Blues Spotify Playlist: click here.
Marty Weil is the editor of@CHIBLUESHISTORYon Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
“Heart of the Blues” by Joanna Connor
Joanna Connor is a weekly contributor to bBluesNote with her column “Heart of the Blues.” Joannais 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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
2020. The year. The year that showed it meant business. The year that is testing and teaching.
This week alone I know of four musicians around the country fighting what I call the Plague. I don’t even want to write or speak its given name. Requesting you all conjure up prayers, energy and healing thought manifestations toward one of the great guitarists of our generation- Mr Eric Gales who is yet another human fighting it.
He’s from Memphis and from a family filled with blues royalty. Blues is in his blood, his DNA. I first met him as a young teen when he was already making a name for himself at Ardent Studios, in Memphis. The highly pedigreed producer, Jim Gaines, who had recently produced Stevie Ray Vaughan’s “ In Step” , introduced us. I was recording the album which would be entitled “Fight”, a cut by Luther Allison, and released by Ruf Records in Europe and Blind Pig in the states.
That same week I would hear some amazing guitar in the next studio. I was then introduced to Jimmy Vaughan who was compiling cuts from his late brother Stevie.
Looking back, I am saddened by the way Luther and Stevie were taken from us way too soon. I am deeply concerned for Eric, who may possibly be fighting for his life. But I am also thankful and moved to my core by the artistry of these three men. What a gift to the Blues and the world! I pray Eric Gales will be the exception to these untimely losses. I pray he will make music for us for another 50 years.
In the meanwhile, reflect on the beauty of the blues. Play it, revere it, keep learning. Stevie, Luther and Eric would encourage that.
Until next time! Joanna
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