“They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.” ~ Ma Rainey
November 10, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 42
Find Your Road to Chicago Blues  
Chicago Blues Network Connects You With the Music of Legendary Chicago Bluesmen
Luther Snake Boy Johnson Lesson
Guitar Instructor and Chicago Blues Master Johnny Burgin Introduces the Style of Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson
by Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin

This week’s topic is the mysterious and gone-too-soon Luther “Georgia Boy” Johnson, also known as Luther “Snake Boy” Johnson: real name Lucious Brinson. His two years with Muddy Waters put him on the map and he recorded several fine records with “The Bluesmen of the Muddy Waters Band” for Spivey, as well as “Chicken Shack” and “Mud in Your Ear” with some truly incendiary guitar and gripping vocals. He’s appeared on several Otis Spann records from the late 60s and “Live at Cafe au Go Go” by John Lee Hooker. But this lesson is mostly concerned with some of his own songs and records such as “Born in Georgia”, “Get Down to the Nitty Gritty” and his record of haunting, John Lee Hooker-styled solo performances, “Back on the Road Again.”

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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley
For all her accomplishments in the blues realm, TOMIKO DIXON’s power as a performer is high among them. Talk about “carrying a legacy!” 
From Tomiko Dixon’s website:

Philanthropist, Singer, Songwriter and Powerful Performer Tomiko Dixon is the granddaughter of late blues legend Willie Dixon. (Chess Records Chicago) known as “Thee Granddaughter of the Blues”

*Tomiko is currently the CEO of Grand Blues Music     *Brand Ambassador of Wang Dang Doddle Tees         *Executive Talent Buyer for The Music Park Network *Columnist for Lazie Indie Magazine’s Grand Blues Music Review


“Tomiko Dixon demonstrates that her grandfather’s musical legacy is in safe hands. Make no doubt about it. She well deserves the title of “The Grand-Daughter of the Blues.”
– Jolly Rogers, Blues & Roots Radio U.K.

The blues world has opened its arms to embrace this lovely young lady, adopting her to carry on the legacy of her late grandfather Willie Dixon. Tomiko’s career began in 2009 when she began working with producers & bands. In 2010 she successfully launched herself as an artist and founded her own Publishing Company ‘Grand Blues Music.’
Tomiko Dixon served as an Honorary Grand Marshal in The Chicago Defender’s 86th Annual Bud Billiken Parade 2015 “A Moment of History.”

Following her auspicious start Tomiko has worked tirelessly to support others in the music world and has become a familiar figure in the industry: – From 2010-2018 Tomiko was partnered with the late Jay B Ross & Associates. Ever the workhorse Tomiko is an official Grammy Voting Member, Active Supporter & Member of the Memphis ,Vicksburg & Helena BluesFoundations and former Vice-President of the Windy City Blues Society
– In October 2016 & again in 2018 Tomiko is the youngest Blues Ambassador/Artist to be inducted in The Chicago Blues Hall of Fame.
– Winner of the CMA’s (Chicago Music Awards 2017 • BEST BLUES ENTERTAINER AWARD)  
Photo © Peter M. Hurley

Tomiko Dixon Links:
Website: tomikodixon.info
Instagram: instagram.com/tomikodixon
Facebook: facebook.com/tomikodixon.info
– 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.
“Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast
Dave Specter Interviews Charlie Musselwhite
From the archives…
Recorded backstage at the 2019 Chicago Blues Festival, Grammy winning bluesman Charlie Musselwhite shares memorable stories of his early days on the Chicago blues scene in the 1960s, his friendship with Little Walter, Muddy Waters, Magic Sam, Big Joe Williams, recording his first album, his burgeoning acting career, radio show and more.
Listen to Podcast Here
Learn more about Charlie Musselwhite here, and see him perform with Ben Harper in the video below:

Ben Harper and Charlie Musselwhite at Paste Studio NYC 

Charlie Musselwhite is a special guest on Johnny Burgin’s LIVE album released on Chicago’s Delmark Records:

“My thing has always been live music. Going to shows, booking shows, playing shows. Playing with the best musicians I could. More than anything, I loved the feeling of getting in the van and going. Even better, once I got there, I love the feeling of knockin’ em dead.”
– Johnny Burgin

Thinking of getting YOUR live set together?

Chicago Blues Network Instructors including Dave Specter (Delmark recording artist, host of “Blues from the Inside Out”), Johnny Burgin, Joanna Connor, Billy Flynn, Brother John Kattke and Harlan Terson are here to help.

Investigate the set list below (click the image to listen to the tunes)! These are 16 of the top tunes of Chicago Blues–you can start learning them today.
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Hear a few of the Chicago Blues songs from the Chicago Blues Network set list below:
“Key to the Highway” by Big Bill Broonzy

Buddy Guy and Jeff Beck Perform “Let Me Love You”

Groove with the Blues–Near and Far
Blues Music Events in Chicago and Across the Nation
Chicagoland Shows:

Wednesday November 10
Soul Message Band (featuring Chris Foreman)
Winters Jazz Club, 465 N. McClurg Ct., Chicago
7:30 PM and 9:30 PM

Thursday November 11
Shirley Johnson & Luke Pytel Band

Blue Chicago, 536 N. Clark St., Chicago
8:00 PM

Saturday November 13
Jimmy Johnson Facebook Livestream 2:00 PM CST
Jimmy Burns Facebook Livestream 4:00 PM CST

Sunday November 14
Buddy Guy

w/opener NuBlu Band with Carlise Guy
Arcada Theater, 105 E. Main St., St. Charles, IL
5:00 PM

Sunday November 14
Lurrie Bell

HVAC Pub3530 N. Clark St, Chicago
7:30 PM

Lurie Bell is pictured below; Photo by Peter M. Hurley
If you’re in the Southern U.S. this winter, check out our friends at Bradenton Blues Festival, on Florida’s West Coast, December 3-5, 2021: more information here.
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