“Particularly with the blues, it’s not just about bad times. It’s about the healing spirit.” – Taj Mahal
December 16, 2020   Volume 1, Issue 35
Get Into Tomorrow’s Trading 4s Concert
Tickets are $5, But Here’s How to Get Free Tickets
This special Trading 4s Concert, featuring John Primer, Joanna Connor, Dave Specter and Harlan Terson will be a magical night of blues you won’t want to miss. The concert will be broadcast on Thursday December 17th at 7:00 PM CST. Tickets ($5) support the artists and The Firehouse Community Arts Center. Please join us!
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Special Feature: The Latest “Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast
Dave Specter Interviews Elvin Bishop
In this episode, Dave Specter, Musical Director and Guitar Instructor of At Home Chicago Bues, interviews Elvin Bishop. Bishop, an original member of the The Paul Butterfield Blues band, has been inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Blues Hall of Fame. Here, he tells some great stories about the Chicago blues scene in the 1960s from the time he moved here in 1960. This episode already has lots of listeners, check it out! 
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Congratulations! Dave Specter’s Blues from the Inside Out Named in Top Albums of 2020 by Downbeat Magazine
About the album: There’s a Santana flavor to “Minor Shout,” and a Meters/Neville Brothers vibe to “Sanctifunkious.” The inspiring “March Through The Darkness,” sung by Kattke, owes an artistic debt to Mavis Staples. Specter shows his witty side with “Opposites Attract,” a tale about interpersonal relationships (a key topic for many blues artists, of course).” – Delmark Records website
Read about it on the Delmark Records website here.
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Study Blues Guitar with Dave Specter and At Home Chicago Blues. Check out the online lessons with 25 videos, and weekly Q&A for $23.95/month. 
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Dave Specter: Blues from the Inside Out

The Allure of the Jukes 
by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
Image of a Florida Juke Joint
Image of a Florida Juke Joint
Juke joints where informal establishment featuring music, dancing, gambling, and drinking. They represent the first “private space” for African-Americans and helped birth the blues. Music writer Paul Oliver wrote that juke joints were “the last retreat, the final bastion for black people who want to get away from whites, and the pressures of the day.” Muddy Waters, who owned a juke joint in Mississippi, defined them as “little taverns” also known as juke houses, barrelhouses, or suppers.

Juke joints were primarily operated by African Americans in the rural southeastern United States during the first half of the 20th century. Many juke owners, like Muddy Waters, would often supplement their meager income by selling moonshine. The word “juke” is believed to derive from the Gullah word joog or jug, meaning rowdy or disorderly. “Juke” was a well-chosen word for the joints; the establishments were rough-hewn places set up on the outskirts of town, often in ramshackle buildings or private homes. In the juke joint where Howlin’ Wolf said he first saw Delta blues legend Charley Patton play, the floor collapsed underneath the diminutive Patton. The juke’s patrons extracted Patton from the hole and he continued to play on the part of the floor that remained intact. And, infamously, a juke joint is where Robert Johnson was slipped the poisoned glass of whiskey that killed him at age 27.

The naming of the Jukebox was, of course, was no accident. Jukeboxes were an ideal way of providing music in juke joints. The jukebox was invented in 1927 by The Automatic Music Instrument Company. It’s noteworthy that many juke owners would continue to let the money-making jukebox blast during live performances, much to the chagrin of whoever was performing on stage.

Marty Weil is the editor of @CHIBLUESHISTORY on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
Lil’ Ed and Toronzo Cannon

by Peter M. Hurley
Lil’ Ed and Toronzo. Fire with fire.

Sympatico, symbiotic and serendipitous in the case of this joining of forces. The beauty of a Chicago blues gig is the likelihood of unlikely combos. Like jazz days of old, the sits-in are frequent. Here Toronzo guests with fellow Alligator Records artists Lil’ Ed & The Blues Imperials at a benefit concert of all stars for an injured kid held at the House Of Blues on Nov. 20, 2018. Chicago blues players; generous of heart and spirit and of their musicianship for a cause. 


– Peter M. Hurley 12/16/20

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.
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