“Learning never exhausts the mind.” – Leonardo da Vinci
April 7, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 18
Get Ready for Summer Playing
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Dave Specter interviews Billy Flynn in this podcast episode:
“Blues From the Inside Out” Podcast
Host Dave Specter Interviews Billy Flynn
Dave Specter, with Brother John Kattke, in Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s concert, singing the original song “Chicago Style.”

How many Chicago Blues artists named in this song do you know?
Dave Specter and Brother John Kattke
“Chicago Style” performed live on Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s 
Joanna Connor‘s latest music video “Bad News,” a song on her new album 4801 South Indiana Avenue (Buy the album here).
Joanna Connor
“Bad News” off her new album 4801 South Indiana Avenue
Check out Harlan Terson (Bass) with Katherine Davis (Vocals) and Donna Herula (Guitar and Vocals) at this Trading 4s Concert:
Harlan Terson 
with Katherine Davis, Donna Herula and more in Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s
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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley
Excerpt from author, writer, music critic David Whiteis’s profile of MZZ REESE from his book Legacy: Tradition And Innovation in Chicago / Photos by Peter M. Hurley.

     The neighborhood clubs of Chicago’s South and West Sides are no longer the incubators of blues talent that they used to be, but there are still some artists on that circuit who have the potential to break out into wider recognition. One is vocalist Mzz Reese, a sultry-toned alto who cites the late Denise LaSalle as her primary inspiration. Reese’s song “Cookies,” a sexual throwdown in the LaSalle mode (“If you don’t treat my cookies right / I’ll be dippin’ someone else’s milk”) is the title tune of her self-released 2015 debut CD, and it’s already become her signature. 

… She’s a straightforward stylist, preferring nuance and subtlety to pyrotechnics, but—no doubt drawing on her gospel background—she infuses everything she sings with fervor. She has recently assembled a new band, her strongest and most versatile yet, which she has dubbed Reese’s Pieces, and together they’ve already become a semiregular opening attraction at Buddy Guy’s Legends—an encouraging sign for the future.

Check out David Whiteis’s books available from: 
Always The Queen: The Denise LaSalle Story
Blues Legacy: Tradition and Innovation in Chicago
Southern Soul-Blues
Chicago Blues: Portraits and Stories

For more info and contact, Mzz Reese’s Facebook pages are:


Photo taken at Women of R&B rehearsal @ Motor Row Brewing, 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 Border Blues”
The podcast…and the album, take Chicago Blues around the world and back again!
“No Border Blues” is a podcast about international blues scenes, but did you know it’s an album also?

No Border Blues is the first-ever American compilation of some of the brightest flames of the small but fervent underground blues scenes of Osaka, Tokyo, and Kyoto. It’s an unprecedented showcase of young and committed traditional blues artists that by and large never expected to be heard outside Japan…but very much deserve to be.” – Delmark Records website

“During his fourth Japanese tour…Burgin and his partner Stephanie Tice gathered a group of the country’s top blues players…

“They’re so good, they didn’t need my help,” Burgin told Tahoe Onstage. “It was just like a duck in the water when it came to actual playing. They have a real purist approach. The more authentic it sounds, the more they respond to it. The spirit and enthusiasm and the seriousness they gave me, I am still on a high from it.” – Tahoe Onstage

Read more of this in-depth article to see photos of the musicians and the story behind the making of the album: HERE.

Get a sample of the album below, and purchase this ground-breaking record HERE.

Johnny Burgin
“No Border Blues” Album
The “No Border Blues” podcast, hosted by Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice, has grown to feature artists from all over the world. Take a listen to a recent episode below:
“No Border Blues” Podcast 
Episode #11 Featuring Shakedown Tim
Johnny Burgin is one of the Chicago Blues Masters teaching you with “At Home Chicago Blues.” Watch free Video Lessons here.
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