“Something magic happens when I get to a club or get on stage.”
– Koko Taylor

October 27, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 41
Women in the Blues: Special Feature
Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts
To get a dose of the Blues, Chicago style, look no further than Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts, which include performances by Joanna Connor, Donna Herula, Katherine DavisMary Lane, Lynne Jordan, Shemekia Copeland, Anne Harris, Ivy Ford, Kate Moss and more. Here’s an opportunity to see and hear the contributions of women in the Blues…in concert! Watch here.

Ivy Ford, Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s 

Concert Gallery
In the gallery below, click on each photo to watch a concert featuring that artist. Photos, by Peter M. Hurley, are taken LIVE at Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts and feature Katherine Davis, Donna Herula, Lynne Jordan, Shemekia Copeland, Joanna Connor, Kate Moss and Anne Harris. Click on the picture to watch the concert!
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Joanna Connor teaches “Key to the Highway” below:

Joanna Connor Teaches Key To The Highway for Chicago Blues Network At Home Chicago Blues

Chicago Blues Network Trading 4’s “Slide by Slide” featuring Joanna Connor, Katherine Davis, Donna Herula

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Latest “No Border Blues” Podcast
Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice Interview 
International Blues Artist, Prakash Slim of Nepal
Chicago Blues Network connects you to the stories of Blues artists with podcasts including interviews and live performances.
Take a blues journey with No Border Blues, the only blues podcast focused on international blues artists and hidden blues scenes around the world. Delmark recording artist Johnny Burgin and producer Stephanie Tice shine a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discuss the blues scenes in their home countries, and present intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world.
Check out the latest “No Border Blues” interview in the video below:
No Border Blues Pocast:
Prakash Slim, Nepalese Country Blues
Prakash Slim grew up in poverty outside the town of Lalitpur, Nepal. Drawn to music since childhood, he traded a bicycle for a guitar and threw himself into learning and listening to blues and blues rock. By his early twenties he was in a blues, rock and instrumental band as well as working as a guitar instructor.

An invitation to the Walden School of Music in San Francisco was a big break for Prakash, but then came the devastating Nepal earthquake of 2015. Work as a musician in Nepal was impossible during the earthquake aftermath, and to make matters worse, in 2017 Prakash fell seriously ill. During his convalescence he happened to scroll across the facebook group “Acoustic Guitar Pickers”, and he completely changed musical directions; developing an obsession with Robert Johnson, Mississippi Fred McDowell, and many of the other pre-war blues greats. They provided Prakash Slim both solace and as a way to continue his musical career.

Although it is difficult for many to travel outside of Nepal, Prakash has connected with the online blues world in a big way! In recent years, he’s garnered an impressive amount streaming/radio play, blues press coverage and great reviews of his music. His goal is to tour in America, Europe and South America– his first destination? The Crossroads in Clarksdale MS, of course! Check out Prakash’s original tunes “Living In Memory”, and one sung in his native language “Corona Blues”– he performs both in this video above.

Listen on Apple Podcasts here
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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley


Any encounter with drummer “Willie ‘The Touch’ Hayes” elicits respect and awe for his sartorial class and his musical taste. Seen here with a “Delmark All-Stars Band” in September’s for Delmark Records 1st Annual Rockwell St. Stroll in September.

– © 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 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.
More with Willie “The Touch” Hayes

594 MFC: 3 Questions w/ Willie “The Touch” Hayes

About: “[This video] is part of our new short video series for 594 Miles From Chicago, called “3 Questions with.” Each artist we interview will have 3 questions to answer at the end of their interview! In this video we have Willie “The Touch” Hayes, who joins us at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago, IL.” – Bluesbird Talent Agency 
Chicago Blues Album News
Get the Sounds of Chicago Blues
Dave Specter
Six String Soul (2 CD SET)

Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago music scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago venues in addition to clubs, festivals and concert halls throughout the USA [plus internationally]…Specter’s career has been interwtined with the deepest roots of Chicago blues and Delmark’s rich musical history.” –

To take Chicago Blues guitar lessons with Dave Specter, to learn the music skills seen on stages worldwide, sign up here
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Reissue of Harmonica Blues Orgy (Random Chance Records)

“In the wake of the pioneering harp work and hit records by the great Little Walter Jacobs in the early 1950s, aspiring bluesmen took up the harp in droves. During the prime years of Chicago Blues, the sound that defined the era was that of a wailing amplified harp…”
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Bob Stroger
Upcoming Album…

“BOB STROGER SIGNS with Delmark Records! 90-year-old blues master Bob Stroger and Delmark’s President
Julia A. Miller signed the contract! The release date for this new album by Bob Stroger & The Headcutters will be announced very soon.”
Mud Morganfield
“Praise Him” Digital Single 
“Multi-award-winning artist Mud Morganfield is an established star in the world of Blues music. The eldest son of the legendary Muddy Waters, Mud was brought up surrounded by many of the finest musicians in the Blues. Mud’s singing is firmly in the best tradition of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs and he is backed by some of the best musicians playing today.”Delmark.com
Buy the Digital Single

Mud Morganfield – Praise Him – OFFICIAL LYRIC VIDEO

Watch Mud Morganfield on the Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s stage in the video below. Plus, learn about the Firehouse Community Arts Center on Chicago’s West Side. A portion of proceeds from “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons goes directly to this organization. 

Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s presents Mud Morganfield, Johnny Burgin, Rick Kreher & friends

This Weekend with Chicago Blues Masters 
Two Free Livestreams on Saturday
Jimmy Johnson, Saturdays at 2:00 PM CST
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