“I’m a bluesman moving through a blues-soaked America, a blues-soaked world, a planet where catastrophe and celebration, joy and pain sit side by side.” ― Cornel West, Brother West: Living and Loving Out Loud, A Memoir
March 17, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 15
6 All-Star Albums of Chicago Blues Masters Let the Music Lift You Up!
We connect you to Chicago Blues Masters. These six albums below give a sample of the fine musical skills you can learn with our faculty: Dave Specter, Joanna Connor, Billy Flynn, Johnny Burgin, Brother John Kattke and Harlan Terson. Learn more here.
Click on the album cover to hear each one. What is your favorite sound? Let us know!
“At Home Chicago Blues” lessons allow you (or a musician you love) to learn Blues at home. The program includes 45+ video lessons and weekly LIVE Zoom meetings for $23.95/month. Our All-Star faculty, showcased above, is ready to help you get started!
Blues Podcasts “No Border Blues” with Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice
Blues From Bogotá: Leo Parra Castillo w Luis Alejandro Silva. No Border Blues #12
Leo Parra Castillo is a fine guitarist and singer who is forging a career for himself back in his home town of Bogotá. He has released two CDs which No Border Blues highly recommends and are available on Spotify. He’s deep into the styles of John Lee Hooker, JB Lenore, Charley Patton and many other mostly prewar greats. Normally Leo would accompany himself on guitar, but due to recent injury, he was joined by another fine guitarist, Luis Alejandro Silva. Luis was studying music in New York City until the pandemic hit and he was obligated to return to Bogotá. Together Luis and Leo are not just performing shows, they’re growing a local blues scene practically from scratch, networking with other blues players in Medellin and Cali, and teaching younger fans and musicians about the blues. No Border Blues is eager to see the how both of these artists grow and how their influence will be felt in up and coming Columbian blues musicians.
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. Listen to more episodes.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley R.I.P. SAMMY BLUE
Born Rufus Samuel Favers, actor, writer, and bluesman SAMMY BLUE passed away on March 10, 2021. We pay tribute to him here for his connections to Chicago and his unceasing dedication to roots music in the forms of African American Blues, Soul and Funk.
In the tradition of the true Southern Blues Masters, we proudly present the “Crown Prince of the Blues” Sammy Blue. Sammy’s nickname was given to him by the late great Muddy Waters as he uniquely exemplifies both traditional and contemporary genres of Blues. He effortlessly transitions from authentic solo Blues performances to legendary high energy dynamic band presentations throughout his career. During the past forty years, this versatility has enabled Mr. Blue to perform on four continents and as opening act for such greats as: Taj Mahal, Muddy Waters, Jerry Garcia, Albert Collins, Buddy Guy, Robert Cray, KoKo Taylor, Memphis Slim, the Wailers and Delbert McClinton, among many others. (http://www.sammyblue.com/artist/sammy-blue/)
Our condolences to his family, friends and fans around the world.
Photo taken at Evanston S.P.ACE. @ a Tribute To Eddy Clearwater organized by Eddy’s widow Renee and promoter and publicist Lynn Orman Weiss with Eddy’s band. JAN. 2019.
– 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.
No matter where you are on your musical journey…you can always learn more blues!