“When there’s music in your soul, there’s soul in your music.” -Criss Jami
June 16, 2021 Volume 2, Issue 28
Make “Stormy Monday” Your Own If You Play Blues, Get Your Week Started Right
T-Bone Walker – “Stormy Monday”
“Stormy Monday” by T-Bone Walker is just one of the 16 songs in the Chicago Blues Network set list that you will learn with “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons. Check out the whole set list here.
Let’s take a look at how different artists have put their spin on this tune. We hope it inspires you to learn “Stormy Monday” and more classic Chicago Blues with our professional Chicago Blues Masters, for just $23.95/month!
Albert King with Stevie Ray Vaughn – “Stormy Monday”
The Backstory and Chicago Connection: T-Bone Walker, whose given name was Aaron Thibeaux Walker, hailed from Texas, but was brought to Chicago by the owner of the Rhumboogie Cafe in 1942 to play in his club. This song “Stormy Monday” was released on the Black & White Records label in 1946. Its driving groove and energy–burning just beneath the surface–show how blues planted the seeds for the beginnings of rock and roll.
BLUES PODCAST “Blues From the Inside Out” Dave Specter Interviews Albert Lee
From the archives…Grammy winning British guitarist and multiple poll winner of Guitar Player magazine’s Best Country Guitarist talks with Dave about his early days on the London music scene in the 1960s and his storied career working with the likes of Eric Clapton, The Everly Brothers, Emmylou Harris along with his many solo projects….and of course they talk guitars and amps!
See Dave Specter, Host of “Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast, as well as Musical Director and Guitar Instructor with Chicago Blues Network, plus Brother John Kattke on the keys as they perform on the Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s stage, in this video below:
Dave Specter (Musical Director and Guitar Instructor) and Brother John Kattke (Blues Piano Instructor)
Learn Chicago Blues Learn with Dave Specter, or Brother John Kattke this summer with an “At Home Chicago Blues” subscription. For $23.95/month you will have access to 40+ instructional videos, plus LIVE weekly Zoom meetings with the instructor. There’s lots of pro Chicago Blues players to choose from, pick your favorite and get started today:
In honor of STEVE BELL’s birthday last Sunday, we quote from John Primer’s website on Steve:
Steve and his brothers all grew up learning how to play the blues. His big brother is the Legendary Lurrie Bell and both his younger brothers Tyson Bell, bassist and James Bell, drummer complete the Bell Family Dynasty Band.
Steve has come a long way with his sound. He has not only taken all that his father taught him, but has established his own very unique sound of his own. He is like a blues harmonica train, so hold on tight he’ll take you for a ride!
Photo taken @ Chicago Blues Fest, 2017.
Steve’s discography is vast. A list of artists with which he has recorded include Sharon Lewis, John Primer, Louisiana Red, Alex Dixon, his dad Carey Bell, and his brothers Lurrie, Tyson and James.
Check out The Bell Dynasty’s “TRIBUTE TO CAREY BELL” featuring all 4 Bell brothers on DELMARK RECORDS. delmark.com
– 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 a 6th grade dance party discovery of Bo Diddley which led to Little Walter, muddy Waters, Howlin’ Wolf and so on. It continues to this day. Visit Peter’s Website here.
To view more photos and to read about the Blues Artists featured in “Pete’s Pics / Blues in Action”: click here.