“I love songs, and I love songwriting, and there’s a standard of songwriting within Chicago blues in particular. I don’t like the sad blues, necessarily; the Chicago blues is what I like, which is the kind of blues you can dance to.” – Sinead O’Connor
January 19, 2022   Volume 3, Issue 2
What Makes Chicago Blues…Chicago Blues?
10 Things That Set Chicago Blues Apart
Dave Specter and Brother John Kattke, Chicago Blues Network Instructors, perform the original song “Chicago Style” in the video below. Here’s 10 things to know and love about Chicago Blues:
Dave Specter & Brother John Kattke: “Chicago Style” on Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert
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  • Steady rolling bass
  • Full-bodied sound (compared to country blues)
  • Definitely electrified (to be heard in Chicago’s noisy clubs!) 
  • Guitar and harp are amplified
  • Famous and recognizable worldwide 
  • It started as music played by part-time musicians
  • In the 1960s, it influenced young musicians overseas and gave birth to the British blues movement
  • Chicago Blues influenced early rock music, and continues to influence artists to this day
  • It’s based on the Delta Blues style from the Southern U.S., as musicians from Mississippi came to Chicago in the 1940s, and the style grew from there!
  • It developed in the open air of Chicago’s Maxwell Street Market to entertain crowds and now draws crowds in the thousands to events like Chicago Blues Fest and more.
Click the photo below to visit the jukebox to hear Chicago Blues songs you can learn:
Photo by Peter M. Hurley (read about the artists here)

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Latest Episode: “No Border Blues”
Johnny Burgin and Stephanie Tice
Interview Hanna PK in Episode 21
Listen to this incredible episode in the video below, which includes a live performance and interview:
Hanna PK on “No Border Blues,” Episode 21
Hanna PK grew up in Korea and came to the U.S. as an adult. She fell into the Rochester, NY blues scene after hearing a local blues guitar hero, John Cole. She ended up sharing the stage with John and later on, blues legend Joe Beard. She’d briefly met the Baton Rouge bluesman Kenny Neal when she was competed in the 2019 IBCs, but she got a break when Kenny saw a video of her playing the 30s blues classic “Decoration Day” on her ‘tom thumb’ piano in her U-Haul storage locker (see link below). He offered to produce her at his studio in Baton Rouge, LA, and the result is Blues All Over My Shoes, a joint production of Kenny’s label, Booga Records, and Vizztone Label Group. Hanna’s originals cover a wide range of styles and we at NBB find her to be an interesting and unique writer, as well as a great player. Hanna has a great future in the blues.

– No Border Blues

Learn more about Hanna PK at her website: hannapk.com
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.
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Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

In Memoriam: Michael McCann Murphy
Some people you just know and like immediately. This column is dedicated to such a person, a man with whom I felt an instant kinship upon first introduction, Michael McCann Murphy. The same can be said about my instantaneous appreciation of his relationship with his beloved partner Karen. Michael passed away suddenly on December 12th, after an afternoon of blues-watching at the Epiphany Center for the Arts, with Karen by his side.  Karen Murphy is the Founder, Publisher, Chief Photographer, Writer and Editorial Director of vital music newsletter Chicago Blues News. If there is a blues-related event, concert, club gig, cd release, or birthday celebration, Karen is there to report and brilliantly photograph it; and Michael was there to photograph peripheral activities and to provide his cookies to birthday celebrants. Together, they have been a force on the blues scene for many years and, with them, my partner Trisha and I have often shared our passion for blues music. The Murphys invariably arrived at music venues early for the best spots, and generously shared them with later arrivals. Michael never failed to buy the first round and, from there, the party began.  Though I can’t express the same degree of feeling as his lifelong friends (of whom there are oh, so many from Mt. Carmel High, Michigan State, and through various businesses), I can say that in the brief time I knew Michael, the two of us could chat about anything and everything. And invariably, we’d arrive back at the reason we had met: blues music. For his own photographic mission, he once told me, “My goal is to capture the sweat.” A raison d’etre’ was never expressed so succinctlyand together, we shared that elusive goal.  For this, we dedicate this column to Michael, Karen and to all blues supporters who do everything they can to keep Blues in Action – Peter M. Hurley A beautiful obit for Michael written by Karen Murphy is available: Read it here. Photo of yours truly (on the left) and Michael Murphy (on the right) taken by my lovely wife and Editor, Patricia Ricketts / Dedication of the Muddy Waters mural in Chicago; June 8, 2017. 
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.
Until Next Time….
Let the Blues Move You!
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