“The Great Migration changed American history not just for the migrants but for all of us. It made possible American cultural milestones like the Harlem Renaissance, Chicago Blues, and Motown, just to name a few.”
– William Barr
February 3, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 9
Watch the Blues
Trading 4s: One Click to Concerts
Featuring Chicago Blues Masters
The list of Chicago Blues Masters that you can watch in Trading 4s Concerts is astronomical. Here’s just a few: Billy Flynn, Mud Morganfield, Johnny Burgin, Joanna Connor, Harlan Terson, Dave Specter, Brother John Kattke, Rick Kreher, Guy King, Ivy Ford, Fruteland Jackson, Katherine Davis, Demetria Taylor, Nick Moss, Kate Moss, Studebacker John, Anne Harris, Donna Herula, John Primer, Mike Wheeler and so much more! 
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Photos by Peter M. Hurley. Clockwise from top left: John Primer, Donna Herula,
Fruteland Jackson, Studebaker John.
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Here’s some of the latest lessons with Chicago Blues Masters. You can study directly with these amazing players for just $23.95/month. This includes access to 45+ videos and LIVE weekly group Zoom meetings with Instructors and fellow Blues musicians. Whether you are brushing up or digging in, learn Blues Guitar, Blues Bass and Blues Piano with “At Home Chicago Blues”. To get started click here.

Here’s some free mini-lessons to check out:

Dave Specter: “Stormy Monday”/Slow Blues Concepts – Blues Guitar Lesson

A Chat about Howlin’ Wolf’s Guitar Genius Willie Johnson

Joanna Connor “My Babe” Blues Guitar Lesson Part 1

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Willie Dixon: The Architect of The Blues
by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
In my mind, Willie Dixon was the central architect of the Chicago blues. He hand-crafted songs tailored to build Muddy Waters’ and Howlin’ Wolf’s careers. By fitting lyrics and music to their personas and individual styles, he not only helped construct their careers, but he also paved the way for Chess Records to become one of the most influential blues labels of the 20th century.
Willie Dixon

Dixon’s reach stretched across continents. For instance, The Rolling Stones used Dixon’s “I Can’t’ Be Satisfied” as the inspiration for their international mega-hit “Satisfaction.” To be clear, there’s no satisfaction without Willie Dixon. The Stones were one of many–oodles–of bands who covered and/or took inspirations from Willie Dixon on record and in concert. Oodles of them.

In another instance, when Dixon saw five-year-old blues protege Lucky Peterson performing in a club, he took the lad under his mighty wing. The result was an appearance on the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson and a hit record. At age six, Peterson became the youngest recording artist to hit the Billboard R&B charts. The hit song was co-produced by Dixon.

Dixon was at the center of the blues world during its Golden Age in Chicago. His incredible impact on American music still reverberates, in a very satisfying manner, across the world’s music landscape.

Marty Weil is the editor of @CHIBLUESHISTORY on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
Pete’s Pic “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

From website www.katemossmusic.com:

KATE MOSS has enjoyed playing guitar since her teens, but it wasn’t until she met Buddy Guy at the age of 21 that she realized what genre of music commanded her focus: The Blues. Exploring Buddy’s music and that of his contemporaries, she fell in love with the sound and the heartfelt, improvisational nature of the Blues. Over the years, Kate has been honored to share the stage with not only Buddy on several occasions, but other top performers in the biz, like her husband Nick Moss, Jimmy Vivino, Tommy Castro, Jimmy Johnson, Walter Trout, Eddie Shaw, Curtis Salgado, Ana Popovic, Smokin’ Joe Kubek, Lurrie Bell, and Mud Morganfield, among many others.

In 2012 Kate was part of an all-star outfit, The Healers, which also included members Jimmy Hall (of Wet Willie), Reese Wynans (of SRV’s Double Trouble and now Joe Bonamassa’s band), Samantha Fish, and Danielle and Kris Schnebelen (of Trampled Under Foot). The Healers released a critically-acclaimed DVD/CD Live At Knuckleheads, with net proceeds from sales benefitting Blue Star Connection. Today Kate performs weekly with The Smiley Tillmon Band in and around Chicago, and hits the road from time to time for special events and festivals.

Kate Moss is also a brilliant graphic art designer. Check out her Moonshine Design

Photo taken at CHICAGO BLUES NETWORK livestreamed concert August 20, 2020. 

– Peter M. Hurley
Kate Moss and her husband Nick appeared in Chicago Blues Network’s Trading 4s session on August 20, along with Fruteland Jackson. Watch it here: https://youtu.be/BStgznJoY1A.
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.
Blues Podcasts
“No Border Blues” Latest Episode
Hosted by Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice
Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world.
In this episode:

German blues guitarist and singer Kai Strauss sits down with “No Border Blues” hosts Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice to discuss his new CD In My Prime, the German blues scenes, and some highlights from his career. He’s won many German blues awards and in between tours has hosted the longest-running blues jam in Germany, for over thirty years!

“No Border Blues” Episode #10: Kai Strauss is In His Prime!

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