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“When I hear music, I fear no danger.” – Henry David Thoreau
January 6, 2020   Volume 2, Issue 2
You Can Learn to Play Chicago Blues
Study with Videos and ZOOM Meetings
January is the time for resolutions or a new adventure. Invest your spare time into an incredibe skill. Learn to play Chicago Blues. Plus, you can tell a friend about it and they just might thank you! Here’s what’s in it for you:

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Waters During Winter
by Marty Weil @ChiBluesHistory
Muddy and Johnny

In 1977, Muddy Waters, the Father of Modern Chicago Blues, began a celebrated late-career collaboration with Texas guitarist Johnny Winter. 

The Winter-Waters alliance produced three Grammy award-winning albums and created one of the most iconic moments in blues history. It comes the second you hear Muddy’s voice as he begins “Mannish Boy” on the album Hard Again.” “Oooooh, yeah, everything, everything gonna be alright this morning…” The 1977 release Hard Again revitalized Muddy Waters career and set off a prolific and enjoyable late-life resurgence of Chicago’s foremost bluesman. If Winter had only produced Hard Again it would be notable; however, the Winter-Waters collaboration had only begun with that stellar effort. Two more Grammy-winning albums were to follow on the heels of Hard Again.

In 1978, Waters and Winter were back with the album I’m Ready. While Hard Again is the better remembered, I’m Ready is every bit its equal. The album finds Muddy reunited with his long-time bandmate Jimmy Rogers. The way the two senior bluesmen weave their guitars is mesmerizing. A year later a live album titled Muddy ‘Mississippi’ Waters was released. Also produced by Winter, the live album was recorded during the tour to support Hard Again, and it features the same musicians, including James Cotton.

Johnny Winter had idolized Muddy Waters since childhood. He not only help revitalize his hero’s career, but he was also instrumental in bringing Muddy Waters to Blue Sky Records, a label set up by Winter’s then-manager, Steve Paul.
Mannish Boy by Muddy Waters (feat. Johnny Winter) 
 
Marty Weil is the editor of @CHIBLUESHISTORY on Twitter. Marty is a blues researcher, educator, and social media influencer.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

Billy Flynn
Taken under Jimmy Dawkins’ wing as a young blues man, Billy Flynn then spent a lifetime playin’ and recording with the best. His mentors from the “singin’ and stingin’ ” school are a virtual Who’s Who of  Chicago blues guitarists of the last 45 years; Dawkins’, Hubert Sumlin, James Wheeler, Otis Rush and more. A repository of stories and musical language honed from decades of gigging as a leader or sitting in, he’s lived it, felt it and played it. “When the music is right, the blues runs right through you” says Billy. “As someone once said ‘the blues is like the wind, you can’t see it but you can feel it’.”  To hear Flynn perform is to traverse a wide spectrum of musical knowledge and influence distilled through a discerning mind and keen emotional filter. He’s got history in his backpack and feelin’ in his soul.   

Brilliant on acoustic, electric or slide, Billy also plays down home mandolin inspired by blues masters Johnny Young and Yank Rachell as can be heard on his back-to-basics solo effort “Chicago Blues Mandolin.” Other favorites that run the gamut of feel with instrumental prowess and sonic variety are “Billy’s Blues” and the smokin’ “Lonesome Highway,” his first Delmark Records offering as a leader.

Photo taken at Chicago Blues Network’s 2020 New Year’s Eve broadcast, which you can view here, 
https://youtu.be/9bDqD0va_r4 and join Billy Flynn on Monday’s for his live Zoom lessons, https://chicagobluesnetwork.com/at-home-chicago-blues/#registration.

See: 
billyflynn.com and 
delmark.com.

– Peter M. Hurley 1/6/21

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.
At Home Chicago Blues 
Video Concert & Lesson
Watch a performance by Billy Flynn in one of our At Home Chicago Blues Trading 4s streaming concerts, as well as a video lesson of the song “All Your Love I Miss Lovin'”, below:
Billy Flynn w/ Billy Branch (starting at 4:44:24) Click here.

“All Your Love I Miss Loving” Lesson from Billy Flynn

You can study with Billy Flynn. Click here to sign up for lessons.
Your chance to study Blues with Chicago Blues Masters is here! Check out the great Instructors, including Billy Flynn, with the At Home Chicago Blues lessons program. These lessons can also help get you ready for the next Chicago Blues Bootcamp, a multi-day immersive Blues learning experience. For now, you can learn the Blues at home. We can’t wait to have you join us! To learn Blues at home, click here.
May the Power of the Chicago Blues 
bring power to your day!
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