If you can’t make the show in person–be sure to watch Dave Specter and Brother John Kattke in Chicago Blues Network’s Trading 4s Concert Series on Youtube, anytime, for freeclick here.
Rolling Stone Magazine Features Dave Specter’s “The Ballad of George Floyd” Song to be in Special Exhibit at Woody Guthrie Center
Chicago Blues Network’s Music Director and Guitar Instructor Dave Specter was recently featured in Rolling Stone magazine for his single “The Ballad of George Floyd” featuring Billy Branch, on Delmark Records. Read the article here.
About a week after he watched footage of George Floyd’s death, seasoned Chicago bluesman Dave Specter did something he’d never done before — he wrote a topical song. “It was such a strange time,” he recalls. “Things were in a very dark place. The music business was shut down, and it was hard to get inspired. But I was struck by that video and I was reading about George Floyd, and I started writing about it. It was all-new territory for me.”
…”The Ballad of George Floyd” will be elevated to another level when it’s included in “Songs of Conscience, Sounds of Freedom,” a new exhibit on the history of protest songs set to open May 21st at the Woody Guthrie Center in Tulsa, Oklahoma.” – Rolling Stone
The Delmark Records single, produced by Danny Shaffer, was recorded LIVE right here on the Chicago Blues Network stage for BluesStream a Chicago/Kalamazoo Blues Party, with Dave Specter, Billy Branch and Brother John Kattke:
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Joanna Connor Featured in Keeping the Blues Alive Records’ Second Annual Stream-A-Thon Hosted by Joe Bonamassa, This 3 Hour+ Online Concert Helps Musicians Persevere Through Pandemic
An exclusive solo acoustic set by Joanna Connor, Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor, starts at 2:43:43.Watch here.
The show, hosted by Joe Bonamassa, benefits “Fueling Musicians”–an emergency relief plan for touring musicians affected by the COVID-19 crisis. This initiative is designed to support musicians by providing financial assistance for essential living expenses such as food, shelter, and more.
Around the web…musicians are being inspired by Joanna’s latest release 4801 South Indiana Avenue, featuring gems from this Chicago-based slide guitar virtuoso and singer-songwriter, who is best known as one of the reigning Queens of blue rock guitar.
Billy Flynn is one of the Chicago Blues Masters you can learn with in the “At Home Chicago Blues” program. Try it for $23.95/month, and you will have access to 45+ video lessons and weekly LIVE Zoom meetings with instructors and fellow students.
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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action” by Peter M. Hurley IAN MASKIN
A wide spectrum of sound and soul exists between Blues music and bluesy music; music of deep feeling and soul substance. There are strains of bluesiness found in Arabic, Hindi, Armenian, Greek, Turkish, Kurdish, Spanish, French language music and in the folk music of every land and nation that Chicago based Russian-born composer, performer, and recording artist IAN MAKSIN has explored. His music is bluesy in the most haunting sense. While touring the world, Maksin has absorbed melodies and harmonic voicings from the far reaches in pursuit of new sonic connections. The cello, sometimes called the closest instrument to the human voice, is Maksin’s mode of expression and its mournful strains echo the longing voice found in peoples in every field, village and town of our earth. To hear and watch Ian (pronounced “yan” among us English types) in the throes of a passionate performance is to hear the colors of the blues: purples and magentas, yellows and reds. A prolific composer and collaborative artist, Ian’s recording catalog is wide and varied in genres. Check out his CDs Zaria, Soul Companion,Tango Plus and his newest offering SEMPRE: A New Dimension available through his website: ianmaksin.com. Also available, is his DVD live concert “Magic Carpet” recorded in Chicago.
Photo of Ian with Charlie Parker taken at Jazz Showcase, 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.
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