As the warmer weather comes in, so do some good words that we may see some festivals happen this year.
Chicago Blues Fest might happen this summer in late August/early September 2021. If so, we will hold our flagship Chicago Blues Bootcamp in conjunction with the festival!
We are optimistically looking at holding a second bootcamp in Memphis in conjunction with the 2022 International Blues Challenge in late January of 2022.
For the fast track for registration, or to be in the loop as the plans devleop (even if you’re thinking “what if…”) please CLICK HERE to be included in email updates.
Blues Music Masters and You Building Community with Trading 4s Concerts
On the West Side of Chicago, you’ll find the communities that gave birth to the Blues in the definitive “Chicago Style”. This style went all over the world, influencing Blues and Rock mega-stars.
Today, in the city where amplified Chicago Blues began, Pastor Phil Jackson, founder of the Firehouse Community Arts Center (a 100-year-old firehouse which has been transformed into a vibrant arts center), reaches out to youth with events and programs.
With Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts, we’re bringing you Blues music and making a positive social impact. Your participation helps make a difference in the lives of youth in the Lawndale community. Watch Trading 4s Concerts here.
Learn about FCAC in this Trading 4s Concert, with performances by Dave Specter, Harlan Terson and more!
A portion of proceeds from tips from viewers goes directly to The Firehouse Community Arts Center, to help the organization in its vital outreach, through events and art programs dedicated to preventing and interrupting youth and young adults caught in violence.
You can tip the musicians in the concert AND support the mission of the Firehouse Community Arts Center, when you shop for CDs, photos and more: HERE.
Brighten the Day with Blues Podcasts Dave Specter Interviews Jimmy Johnson
Legendary, 90+ years young Chicago bluesman extraordinaire Jimmy Johnson joins Dave in a cool and intimate conversation covering Jimmy’s early days from Mississippi to Memphis, and shares great stories about his incredible music career in Chicago.
Every episode of “Blues From the Inside Out” with Host Dave Specter is a warm, relaxed and engaging conversation between two artists, packed with insights into each guest’s music, life and influences. Listeners get a chance to eavesdrop on this intimate chat that weaves in blues and roots history, tales of legendary performances and collaborations, and the kinds of personal anecdotes that make you smile, laugh out loud or maybe even cry.
This video podcast, sponsored by The Chicago Blues Network, talks with notable international blues artists about how and why they got the blues. It shines a spotlight into the hidden blues scenes– “mesmerized clusters”– of serious blues music and fans in places you might not expect. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice present exclusive musical performances and intriguing cross-cultural exchanges with some artists you should know about.
T-Bone Walker Invented Electricity by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
T-Bone Walker does the splits
Chuck Berry said, “All the things people see me do on stage I got from T-Bone Walker.” Elected to the Rock-n-Roll Hall of Fame in 1987, T-Bone Walker was a composer, arranger, and blues artist extraordinaire. Walker, the godfather of modern electric guitar players, was the reportedly the first blues artist to plug in his guitar and go electric.
Chuck Berry wasn’t the only legendary performer to be inspired by T-Bone Walker. He was also a significant influence on Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Freddy King, and B.B. King. The first time B.B. King heard an electric guitar it was T-Bone’s, blaring from a Victrola. While B.B. first heard T-Bone on record, those lucky enough to live in Chicago during WWII could catch him live at the Rhumboogie. The Rhumboogie served as T-Bone Walker’s home away from home during a good portion of the Second World War. Opened in 1942, the club was owned by Charlie Glen and boxing champion Joe Louis.
After his residency at Rhumboogie, T-Bone enjoyed a celebrated stint at Imperial Records that was studded with classic recordings. One memorable track, “Vida Lee”, was named for Walker’s wife. Vida Lee and T-Bone Walker were married in 1935 and had three children together. Walker’s long, important career wound down after he suffered a stroke in 1974. He died the following year at the age of 64. While T-Bone Walker didn’t invent electricity, his influence on the blues can’t be overstated.
Marty Weil is the editor of@CHIBLUESHISTORYon Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley
As a young man in Mississippi, WILLIE BUCK travelled the chitlin’ circuit until he migrated to the home of the electric urban blues, Chicago. Hearing Muddy Waters perform in the mid-’50s, WILLIE BUCK adopted the Windy City as his spiritual home and has been a die-hard Chicago bluesman ever since. A Blues Hall-of-Famer and going on over 50 years as a performer, he is of our musical treasures. Buck could be seen at Rosa’s Lounge every Thursday before the pandemic and cannot wait to get back to work once the quarantine is lifted.
Willie has a street named after him and he celebrates it in his most recent cd title “Honorary Blues legend Willie Buck Way” on Delmark Records.
Photo taken at Rosa’s Lounge birthday celebration for Mama Rosa and John Primer live stream on Feb. 25, 2021.
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.
West Side Chicago Blues Lesson Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin Brings You the Music of Eddie C. Campbell
Chicago West Side Blues Master Eddie C. Campbell Guitar Lesson w/ Johnny Burgin
“Back in 1994, everyone I knew was abuzz with excitement when the word got out that Eddie C was coming back to Chicago after living in Europe for ten years. The first few notes I heard Eddie play explained why– his clean, reverb-soaked sound crackled with energy and was unlike anything I’d ever heard before. I went to hear him at every opportunity– we gradually became friends, shared the stage occasionally and had many conversations which were eye-opening to me. I even interviewed him for The Grey City Journal newspaper ahead of his performance at the University of Chicago Folk Festival. Eddie C Campbell’s style is a modernization of the Magic Sam style into something fresh and new. I’ll go through some trademark Eddie C-isms and talk about the way he plays a shuffle, his versions of classics like “All Your Love”, “Cheaper to Keep Her”, and “19 Years Old”, and just a few of his many great originals such as “Busted” and “Cool Little Mama”. We all miss you Eddie C.
Chicago Blues Network is a great place to learn the blues, and I’m proud to be on their faculty. Sign up and enjoy weekly zoom group classes where everyone gets a chance to play and constructive feedback. Lessons can build your confidence as a player, help you become better at improvising, and grow your blues vocabulary.” – Johnny Burgin
Learn directly from Johnny Burgin and other Chicago Blues Masters like Dave Specter, Billy Flynn, Joanna Connor, Harlan Terson and Brother John Kattke with “At Home Chicago Blues” program, with 45+ lesson videos and LIVE Zoom meetings with Instructors for $23.95/month.