“Music washes away from the soul the dust of everyday life.” 
– Berthold Auerbach
May 12, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 23
Dave Specter Double Album Coming This Fall
Celebrating Three Decades of Chicago Blues
A double album is coming out this Fall to celebrate three decades of Dave Specter’s career and contributions to the Chicago blues, on Delmark Records. 

“The new release represents Dave Specter’s musical journey. Dave appears surrounded by a constellation of featured artists including Otis Clay, Jimmy Johnson, Ronnie Earl, Lurrie Bell, Billy Branch, Willie Kent, Jorma Kaukonen, Jack McDuff, Lynwood Slim, Sharon Lewis, Jesse Fortune, Barkin’ Bill Smith, Steve Freund, Floyd McDaniel, Tad Robinson, Lenny Lynn & more. Dave Specter’s career has been intertwined with the deepest roots of Chicago blues and Delmark’s history. The artist is showcased as a guitar virtuoso, as a songwriter and, more recently, also as a singer.” – Read more on Delmark.com
Take lessons with Dave Specter and 5 other Chicago Blues Masters with the “At Home Chicago Blues” program (video lessons library and weekly LIVE Zoom meetings for $23.95/month):
Take Lessons with Dave Specter
Joanna Connor Adds Her Sounds
to Soulful Femme 

Connor is special guest on new album 
“It is Well With My Soul”
Soulful Femme: Image source
Joanna Connor added her powerful blues sound to this new release by Soulful Femme, a Pittsburgh-based blues, rock and soul duo featuring guitarist Cheryl Rinovato and vocalist Stevee Wellons (pictured above). The group has performed with Shemekia Copeland, Ana Popovic, Samantha Fish and more.

Pre-order your hard copy of It Is Well With My Soul HERE.
Joanna Connor: Photo by Peter M. Hurley
Learn Chicago Blues Slide Guitar directly from Joanna Connor and other Chicago Blues Masters:
Take Lessons with Joanna Connor
Make sure to enjoy Joanna’s recent full-length album–and a good dose of Chicago Blues power–with 4801 South Indiana Avenue, produced by Joe Bonamassa. 
Buy Joanna Connor’s Album Here
Donna Herula: Friday May 21st at 8:00 PM
Join the Online Album Release Show
for Bang at the Door!

New Album is #1 on Roots Music Report (Acoustic Blues)
Donna Herula is having a Bang at the Door ONLINE album release show on Friday, May 21st at 8:00 PM through the Two Way Street Coffee House. For more information, go to: https://twowaystreet.org.  
This week, her album placed #1 on the Roots Music Report Top 50 Acoustic Blues Album Chart for being the most played acoustic blues album.  

More about Bang at the Door:

“It’s a wonderful mix of Delta and Chicago blues with some great folky overtones. I don’t think I can pick out a favorite cut here because they are all superb. Eleven fine originals and three marvelous covers make for some really interesting and classic performances from top to bottom.” 
– Steve Jones, Chicago Blues Guide. For the full article, click here.
To pre-order her album or contribute to her Indiegogo campaign, go to: https://donnaherula.com/store/.  

You can also pre-order the album through Apple iTunes and receive an immediate download of Bang at the Door (all other songs will “appear” on the album release date, May 21st): click here.
Attend the ONLINE Release Show 5/21 HERE

“I Got No Way Home”  Original Song by Donna Herula

The above video features Donna Herula (vocals, slide guitar), Joanna Connor (slide guitar, backup vocals) and Katherine Davis (backup vocals) as they perform Donna’s original song “I Got No Way Home” (a tune on the new release Bang at the Door) on the Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s concert stage.

Donna Herula is one of many Chicago Blues Masters featured in Chicago Blues Network’s Trading 4s concerts. See performers including Billy Branch, John Primer, Toronzo Cannon, Rick Kreher, and many, many more on the Chicago Blues Network YouTube ChannelTo see more concerts, click here and subscribe!
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

Vivacious, exuberant, ebullient, SHERYL YOUNGBLOOD is a force to behold on and offstage. This Chicago Blues Hall-Of-Famer embraces you with the warmth of a lifetime of singing Gospel, R&B and the Blues in her ballads and at the peak of her rockin’ soul performances, knocks the walls down. This top tier vocalist and drummer fronts brilliant musicians in no less than three bands; an all-woman aggregate known as Ultimately Blessed, a funk/r&b dance ensemble called SAYYES! and the Sheryl Youngblood Blues Band.

Often seen at BLUE CHICAGO, 536 N. Clark St. in the heart of River North, Mz Youngblood is an ambassador to visitors from all over the world, embodying the spirit of Chicago music at its best. When asked to describe the joy she feels on stage, Sheryl says, “It’s an amazing feeling, just indescribable.” What she struggles to describe in words, she finds in the ultimate expression of singing, dancing and stagecraft. Pressed for more, she offers: “Playing for people is the ultimate high.” And it shows with every note and gesture this brilliant artist gives.  
Youngblood’s two self-released cds, Stranger In My Bed and Live at House Of Blues can be found by contacting her at: 

For a post-Covid dose of Chicago Blues and soulful balladry, catch Sheryl and her blues band at Kingston Mines, 2548 N. Halsted from 6:30 PM-midnight this Saturday, May 15, 2021.

Photo taken at Blue Chicago, May 6, 2021.

– 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.
Featured Lesson Video of the Week
Guitar Instructor and Chicago Blues Master Johnny Burgin 
“This lesson is by request from my Chicago Blues Network “At Home Chicago Blues” weekly Zoom group class, which is a lot of fun. It’s often as educational for me as it is for the participants, because breaking things down can often help MY playing and helps me think about music. Their question: how would you go about playing rhythm guitar on some of the classic blues rumbas like Albert King’s “Crosscut Saw” and “I Get Evil”, or BB King’s “Woke Up This Morning.”” – Johnny Burgin

Grab your guitar, and learn more in this video below:

Blues Rumba Rhythm Guitar: Crosscut Saw Plus Two

Take Lessons with Johnny Burgin
What kind of Chicago Blues tips would YOU like to learn? Let us know at info@chicagobluesnetwork.com.
Picture This: Make a Social Impact!

Part of the proceeds from the tip jar for concerts help the community by supporting The Firehouse Community Arts Center in Chicago’s Lawndale neighborhood, and The Blues Foundation’s COVID-19 Blues Musician Emergency Relief Fund.

Photographs of Chicago Blues Masters, by Peter M. Hurley, also support these organizations. Find cool photos for your home, and a warm feeling in your heart, knowing your wall art is making an impact!

Click here to browse Chicago Blues photos and merchandise.
From the “At Home Chicago Blues” Set List: 
“That’s All Right” by Jimmy Rogers

Jimmy Rogers & His Trio “That’s All Right” on Chess Records

This is one of 16 songs on your set list of Chicago Blues classics. You can learn how to play the set list, directly from Chicago Blues Masters, with the “At Home Chicago Blues” program: learn more here
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