“The blues is instilled in every musical cell that floats around your body.” – Nick Cave
February 24, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 12
How Many Songs Until You Smile? Find Out Sunday Feb. 28th at 1:00 PM CST “Blues Stream” YouTube Premiere Concert Featuring Chicago Blues Masters
It’s hard not to smile when you are watching concerts from Chicago Blues Network with performers likeKatherine Davis, Billy Branch, Dave Specter, Brother John Kattke, Fruteland Jackson and more. We bring you “Blues Stream” Youtube Premiere this Sunday February 28th at 1:00 PM CST. See you there– find your smile!
Tonight! 6:00 – 7:30 PM CST Katherine Davis in “Take Care with Art After Dark Cabrini Dance Party”
Not only does she sing in Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s concerts, Chicago Blues Master Katherine Davis is also Lead Museum Educator at the Smart Museum of Art. Join her for a FREE interactive virtual workshop (on Zoom) at 6:00 PM CST tonight. To join click HERE.
JOHN PRIMER has kept it going throughout the pandemic by broadcasting a live stream performance every Sunday afternoon from 3-4:30 PM from his basement studio. “I have my guitar by me at all times,” says Primer. “If you don’t use it, you lose it, and I aim to keep the blues alive.”
I’ll be profiling John’s dedication to his broadcasts a little more in depth in May’s issue of Living Blues Magazine.
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.
Keep Your Brain Active! Take lessons with Chicago Blues Masters
Dave Specter, Chicago Blues Master, Guitar Instructor and Musical Director of Chicago Blues Network, teaches “Blow Wind Blow”. Specter shares that this is a classic tune by Muddy Waters which was first recorded on Chess Records in 1953. There’s also a famous version on the Fathers and Sons album recorded in 1969. It is a classic Chicago shuffle with a very interesting ‘head’ or melody that kicks off the song. Learn more in the video below. To participate in “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons, it’s just $23.95/month. Sign up here.
Blues Runs in the Family by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
The blues is more than a century old. From the beginning, it has been a family business. One of the earliest legacy families belonged to Henderson Chatmon. Born around 1850, Chatmon produced some of Mississippi’s most important blues and string band musicians. For example, Henderson’s son Armenter, better known as “Bo Carter” along with his brother, Sam Chatmon, recorded extensively as solo artists, and both also recorded with the Mississippi Sheiks, a popular group that featured their brother Lonnie Chatmon on fiddle.
One of the most famous families in the blues is the Hookers, John Lee and Earl. While almost everyone is familiar with John Lee Hooker’s legendary career, his cousin Earl Hooker is considered by many blues aficionados to be the greatest blues guitarist of his generation.
More recently, Chicago bluesman Lonnie Brooks’ offspring Ronnie Brooks and his brother Wayne each followed in their father’s footsteps. Another Chicago blues favorite, J.B. Hutto, encouraged his nephews to form the band Lil’ Ed and the Blues Imperials, which has been performing together as a band for nearly 30 years. Muddy Waters, the Father of the Chicago Blues, produced more than one talented offspring. Mud Morganfield, Muddy’s eldest son, first entertained the idea of becoming a blues musician after Muddy’s death in 1983. Blues fans were introduced to Mud at a tribute concert to his father in 2007, but his performance at the Chicago Blues Festival the same year brought him widespread recognition. Meanwhile, Muddy’s youngest son, Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield began publicly performing the blues in 2017.
Henderson Chatmon didn’t set out to create a template, but his example has been replicated throughout the history of the blues.
Marty Weil is the editor of@CHIBLUESHISTORYon Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.