“The Blues are the true facts of life expressed in words and song, inspiration, feeling, and understanding.” – Willie Dixon
December 22, 2021  Volume 2, Issue 45
Give Yourself and Those You Love
the Gift of Music

Choose At Home Lessons or the Immersive Blues Camp
Learning to play Chicago Blues with Chicago Blues Masters is a once-in-a-lifetime experience.

Whether lessons are for you, or a musician friend or family member, choose the best match and make a gift to remember this holiday season. Email info@chicagobluesnetwork.com.
  • At Home Chicago Blues Lessons: learn online with Chicago Blues Masters including Johnny Burgin, Billy Flynn, Joanna Connor, Dave Specter, Brother John Kattke and Harlan Terson; with 40+ video lessons and weekly live ZOOM meetings. $23.95/month: Learn more here.                                                       
  • Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022: an immersive 5-day learning experience with Chicago Blues Masters, in downtown Chicago, May 29 – June 3, 2022. Price varies depending on when you register: Learn more here.
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Hear the Songs! For the 16-song set list of Chicago Blues classics we help you learn, with the pros who play these tunes worldwide, click the jukebox and see a featured song in the video below.
Buddy Guy, performing “Let Me Love You Baby” (one of his songs, included on the Chicago Blues Network set list) at the White House, with Jeff Beck
Latest Podcast “No Border Blues”
The Headcutters, Chicago Blues from Brazil!
Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin, with Producer Stephanie Tice, host “No Border Blues.” This podcast shines a spotlight on notable international blues performers, discusses the blues scenes in their home countries, and presents intimate and exclusive musical performances. Sponsored by Chicago Blues Network, bringing Chicago Blues to the world. Here’s the latest episode:

The Headcutters, Chicago Blues from Brazil!

From Host Johnny Burgin…For twenty two years The Headcutters have been building their own blues scene in and around the sunny beach town of Itajaí in the state of Santa Catarina. They looked and sounded quite incongruous in their suits, with their vintage amps and guitars, singing 50s Chicago Blues music in English–but they persevered and by the end of the show everyone loved them. Along the way they have toured in Argentina, all across Brazil and even came to the US–I loved their tour movie “Walkin’ in USA” (watch it here or in the video below).

They have backed great blues artists such as Billy Branch, Mud Morganfield, Eddie C Campbell, James Wheeler, Wallace Coleman, Omar Coleman, and bassist Bob Stroger, with whom they appear on the upcoming Delmark CD “That’s My Name.” Just don’t call Joe Marhoffer and Ricardo Maca of The Headcutters bluesmen! In Joe’s words “we are just four white guys from Brazil, and we could never call ourselves a bluesman–that belongs to the African American greats who are the owners of this music.” 

The Headcutters – Walkin’ In USA (A Road Tour Documentary)

Album News! The Headcutters are set to appear with Chicago Blues Legend Bob Stroger, on an upcoming album, slated for February 2022, on Delmark Records. 
Read more about the upcoming album with Bob Stroger and The Headcutters on the Delmark website: click here.
To listen to more “No Border Blues” podcasts, click here.
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

The following is excerpted from IVY FORD’S website bio page:
“Miss Ivy Ford, wise beyond her years,”  Ivy Ford, singer, musician, entertainer. Waukegan born and raised, she is a heavy hitter in the Chicagoland area and continues to showcase her talents all over. Ivy Ford started performing live with Kenosha based band The Real Deal, managed by Steve Rainey at 13 and since then continues to nurture her niche and calling to the music. She plays piano, alto saxophone, drums, bass guitar and guitar which are primarily self taught. In late 2012, Ford joined a local blues band which in time evolved into Ivy Ford and The Cadillacs and gained fair amounts of popularity. Fast forward two years and Ivy Ford has managed to take the Chicago scene by storm. In January, 2015 Ivy Ford opened for the legend, Buddy Guy at his club in Chicago and continues to share the stages and lineups with world class musicians and entertainers. She fronts her very own band and besides obtaining the title of “Chicago’s Blues Kitten,” performs song selections from not just the blues genres but RnB and soul. To follow or check into Ford’s shows and happenings go to 
www.Facebook.com/IvyFord or Twitter at @MissIvyFord. Ivy Ford, is one of the leading “youngbloods” of blues and brings a refreshing yet classic face to the music. She formerly handled her cherry red, Epiphone-339 with as much confidence as any of the bluesmen today and can belt out notes to fill a room and serenade a phrase sweeter than sugar in ways that make anyone and everyone tune in to what she has to say. With her latest “Buddy Guy,” polka dot stratocastor Ivy Ford, always respects the history and tradition of roots and blues music, while presenting it in a fresh, young and trendy way. 

“Miss Ivy is a heel struttin’, red lipstick wearin’ and refreshing entertainer, while staying true to the roots of music.”
Photo of Ivy Ford taken by Peter M. Hurley at Reggies’ Women In The Blues gig in June 2016.

Photo © Peter M. Hurley

– 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.
Check out Ivy Ford in an exclusive performance on a Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert, in the video below. The show also includes a performance by Guy King:
Guy King and Ivy Ford
Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert
Learn blues guitar, bass and piano with some of the Chicago Blues Masters who perform on Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts, like Billy Flynn, Dave Specter, Harlan Terson, Joanna Connor, Johnny Burgin and Brother John Kattke, with “At Home Chicago Blues” lessons where you learn from home, or anywhere, online on your schedule, for $23.95/month. Click here or email info@chicagobluesnetwork.com for details.
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2 New Video Lessons from Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin
Learn from Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin, in these two videos: pick up your guitar and play along!
Luther Allison “Love Me Mama” Lesson, with Johnny Burgin of Chicago Blues Network
Luther Allison (1939-1997) is passionately remembered today for his unforgettable marathon live shows and the emotional bond he had with his audience. “Love Me Mama” Delmark records, 1969) is the one that started it all. “Live in Paris” is another great one but “Love Me Mama” has so much of a West Side Chicago feel to it with the band of Bob Richey or Bobby Tophat Davis, Jim Conley on sax, Big Mojo Elem on bass and Jimmy Dawkins on rhythm guitar on some tracks that I HAVE to go with this one as my favorite. In this lesson I chat about “Why I Love the Blues”, a cool addendum to BB’s “Why I Sing the Blues” from Luther, and a bit of his “Dust My Broom”.  – Johnny Burgin
Mike Bloomfield “Born in Chicago” Guitar Lesson, with Johnny Burgin of Chicago Blues Network
One of my students requested I cover something by Mike Bloomfield, and “Born in Chicago” immediately came to mind. Bloomfield put all of his fire into a frantic-but-concise solo and some great fills. If you want an introduction to his style, this is a great place to start. This cut is also from my favorite Paul Butterfield blues album– I think Butterfield’s music has aged very well! If you’re a Bloomfield fan and haven’t heard “Sam Lay in Bluesland”, I think he plays great on that one too and you’ll love it. – Johnny Burgin

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Making an Impact This Year and Next
Chicago Blues Network Supports Firehouse Community Arts Center, and Blues Foundation’s HART Fund for direct medical support of Blues Musicians
With each “At Home Chicago Blues” lesson purchased, Chicago Blues Network gives 20% back to the community, supporting organizations including:
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The Firehouse Community Arts Center
The Firehouse Community Arts Center (FCAC) is an organization that engages youth and young adults through the arts, enabling them to reach their full potential. Learn more here.


Consider making an imapct throughout 2022 with a monthly donation, or a one-time donation: HERE.
Photo source: blues.org/hart-fund
“The Blues Foundation established the HART Fund (Handy Artists Relief Trust) for Blues musicians and their families in financial need due to a broad range of health concerns. The Fund provides for acute, chronic and preventive medical and dental care as well as funeral and burial expenses. Throughout the year at various events the HART Fund provides free health screenings for musicians with services including but not limited to checking blood pressure, cholesterol, diabetes, prostate cancer, Hep C, anemia, thyroid, kidney and liver testing via blood work.” – Blues.org/Hart-Fund
Thank you to everyone who has worked with us this year, and helped to support just two of the many noble organizations helping Chicago and Musician communities stay safe. 
Looking to decorate your home or for a last-minute gift? Get some photographs by Chicago Blues Network’s Peter M. Hurley, and keep the music alive all year: Browse photos here.
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Here’s to a Great New Year!
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