“The old-timers schooled me good. They brainwashed me to respect music, whether we were playing rockabilly or blues or rock and roll.” – Dr. John
March 3, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 13
Latest Releases Joanna Connor’s New Album 4801 South Indiana Avenue Celebrates 35+ Years in Chicago Blues
WBEZ names Joanna Connor as “one of the most powerful women in Chicago blues” and in this video of the song “Destination” from her latest album 4801 South Indiana Avenue below,you will see why. Get your copy in CD or digital format: click here.
Joanna Connor – “Destination” – Official Music Video
Did you know…the album’s title 4801 South Indiana Avenue was the street address of the Chicago blues club ‘Theresa’s Lounge’?
“We want the listener to open that door, walk in and feel to their core some of the magic that a place like that brought night after night. It was an honor to bring this to you, the listener.”
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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley
RONNIE BAKER BROOKS
Each Friday RONNIE BAKER BROOKS can be seen live from his “Brooks Blues Basement” at 8pm sharp. “I started about a week after my last live gig last March,” says Baker Brooks. “My response to the pandemic was to keep playing. My first few streams I’d go 2-3 hours. I’m down to an hour and a half and judging from the feedback, people want me to continue. Some have even told me that they plan their evening around it.”
A by-product of the regular schedule has been motivation to explore. “I want to give my watchers fresh material. I’d never played my dad Lonnie Brooks’ songs by myself, only with him. But since I can’t play it like him, I’ve reinterpreted them through his spirit. In addition, I’ve been inspired to write original songs informed by our current situation. These will be released on an upcoming cd.”
Having lost a cousin to the pandemic, Ronnie is heartfelt about dedicating his broadcasts to those who have lost loved ones to COVID.
“Please express my sincere love to all those who mourn their loved ones. I know how it feels.”
Photo taken at an all star benefit, House of Blues, 2018.
– Peter M. Hurley
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.
Bonus Blues Podcast! Dave Specter Interviews Ronnie Baker Brooks on “Blues from the Inside Out”
Dave Specter not only plays and teaches Blues (as Musical Director and Guitar Instructor with Chicago Blues Network) he dishes up exclusive interviews with many of the Blues greats on his podcast “Blues from the Inside Out”.
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Who Needs a Bass? Learn About a Chicago Blues Style with Two Guitarists and a Drummer as Instructor Johnny Burgin Explores the Sound of Brewer Phillips
Chicago Blues Lesson: Brewer Phillips–Who Needs a Bass?
“Brewer Phillips was an irreplaceable part of Hound Dog Taylor’s sound, which was so old it was new. The stripped down two guitar attack was raw, loud and straight from Mississippi to the South Side Chicago taverns. Playing the bass role in a two guitar-drums band requires a consistently driving guitarist who has mastered the bass strings, and Brewer was that first and foremost.
Brewer Phillips at BLUES on Halsted, photo by Andre Hobus (Source)
His sound is an intoxicated, amped-up, careening-off-the-road version of the classic driving boogies of Dave Meyers, Jimmy Rogers, and Memphis Minnie, who had a hand in raising him as a boy in Mississippi. His leads are raw, in your face, and similar to Magic Slim’s and I think early Pat Hare; no reverb, nothing fancy, just pedal to the metal. Like Magic Slim, he gets his speed and attack from a combination of his thumpick and finger.” – Johnny Burgin
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