“We write to expose the unexposed. The writer’s job is to turn the unspeakable into words – not just into any words, but if we can, into rhythm and blues.” ~ Anne Lamott
September 1, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 37
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

To celebrate the upcoming ROCKWELL BLUES & JAZZ STREET STROLL on Sept. 4, 2021, we feature the “Delmark All Stars Band” BILLY FLYNN on guitar, ROOSEVELT PURIFOY on keyboards, BOB STROGER on bass and WILLIE “THE TOUCH” HAYES on drums who headline the event and will support special guest stars Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Burns, Linsey Alexander, Willie Buck & Sharon Lewis. Each are masterful sidemen and solo artists in their own right. One couldn’t choose a better lineup to kick off the finale and provide backup for the talents of the scheduled front men and women.
These four gentlemen are the cream of the crop in Chicago Blues musical circles. Each have appeared on hundreds of recording sessions sparately and have played live gigs too numerous to count. I’ve had the privilege of seeing and hearing each of them often in a myriad of settings and combos, and they bring it every time. It’s the Chicago Way, it’s what Chicago blues is known for; the pool of musicians that form the backbone that support the blues legacy with  respect, musicianship, personality and brilliant talent. If I didn’t already live here, I’d want to because of guys like these that… Where else can one find this depth of blues acumen and soul on any given night? I’d like to be a tourist and get my mind blown…

– Peter M. Hurley

Photos taken @ various Chicago blues venues. 

© Peter M. Hurley

Rockwell Blues & Jazz Street Stroll on September 4, 2021 (scroll down for more info in this newsletter):
Bob Stroger: 
Roosevelt Purifoy: 
Billy Flynn:
Willie “The Touch” Hayes:
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.
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Zoom in on Blues Lyrics
Words from Classic Blues Songs
on the “At Home Chicago Blues” Set List
Imagine yourself playing in a Blues band. You can learn the tunes you’ll need with “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons, directly from Chicago Blues Masters Billy Flynn, Dave Specter, Joanna Connor, Johny Burgin, Harlan Terson and Brother John Kattke.

Here’s lyrics to some of the songs on the At Home Chicago Blues set list. ‘Play the Blues’!
“…And don’t the sun look lonesome? She headed down the highway, You know the sun looks so lonesome, settin’ down behind the trees
Well don’t the heart look lonesome? When your baby find someone else
Well blow wind, blow wind, blow my baby back to me”
– Muddy Waters, “Blow Wind Blow”
Chicago Blues Network Faculty Dave Specter Teaches “Blow Wind Blow”
“I believe, I believe I’ll go back home / I believe, I believe I’ll go back home / You can mistreat me here, babe, but you can’t when I go home” – Elmore James, “Dust My Broom”
Chicago Blues Network Faculty Joanna Connor Teaches “Dust My Broom”
“…All the love I miss loving, all the kiss I miss kissing, before I met you baby, I didn’t know what I was missing” – Otis Rush, “All Your Love I Miss Loving”
Chicago Blues Network Faculty Billy Flynn Teaches “All Your Love I Miss Loving”
When I woke up little girl, half of this big world was gone / that’s alright
I guess I’ll never be the same but that’s alright / Every night and day I wonder who is loving you tonight”
– Jimmy Rogers, “That’s All Right”
Chicago Blues Network Faculty Johnny Burgin Teaches “That’s All Right”
“Well, I’m gonna get me a boss man, one gonna treat me right / Work hard in the daytime, rest easy at night / Big boss man, can’t you hear me when I call? / Well, you ain’t so big, you just tall, that’s all” – Jimmy Reed, “Big Boss Man”
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Interviews with Chicago Blues Masters
Dave Specter’s ‘Blues From the Inside Out’ Podcast interviews the players that illuminate the Blues scene with their artistry and stories. This interview from the archives features Billy Flynn, and Host Dave Specter. Both are Chicago Blues Network faculty and Chicago Blues Masters. 

Check it out in the video below:

Dave Specter’s “Blues From The Inside Out” Podcast Interview with Billy Flynn

Learn more about Joanna Connor, Chicago Blues Network Faculty and Chicago Blues Master, in the video below:

The Joanna Connor Story by Blues Rock Review

“Joanna Connor is one of the world’s greatest blues rock guitar players but her rise to the #1 Billboard Blues album has been anything but quick or easy. Blues Rock Review goes in depth with Connor to discover her beginnings in music…and her career-defining album “4801 South Indiana Avenue.” – Blues Rock Review
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September 2, 2021

Jimmy Johnson Blues Band
7:30pm – Free
Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago

Chicago Wind featuring Matthew Skoller: As part of Chicago In Tune / Chicago Blues Club City Tour, feat. Harlan Terson (Bass)
Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago IL
September 3, 2021

Mike Wheeler Band & Demetria Taylor
8:00pm – Free
Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago
September 4, 2021

Mud Morganfield
8:00pm – Free
Martyr’s, 3855 N. Lincoln, Chicago

Stop by after the 

12 Noon – 9:00 PM
4121 N. Rockwell
Two stages, vendors & more
1:00 PM – Donna Herula & Harlan Terson
2:00 PM – Mike Wheeler Band & Demetria Taylor
3:00 PM – Liz Mandeville
4:00 PM – Soul Message Band
5:00 PM – Michael Frank & Paul Kaye
6:00 PM – Dave Weld & the Imperial Flames
7:00 PM – Delmark All Stars Band: Bob Stroger, Willie Hayes, Billy Flynn, Roosevelt Purifoy with special guests, Jimmy Johnson, Jimmy Burns, Sharon Lewis, Linsey Alexander, Willie Buck, Dave Specter
September 8, 2021

Mary Lane & The No Static Blues Band (feat. Brother John Kattke)
9:00 PM
Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage, Chicago IL

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