“I just like the blues better than rock ‘n’ roll.”
– Johnny Winter
July 6, 2022  Volume 3, Issue 14
Funky From Chicago…
The Music of Johnny Little John w/ Chicago Blues Master Johnny Burgin
Check out the album Funky From Chicago by Johnny Little John in the video below, then learn more about the slide guitar style of this artist with Chicago Blues Network Instructor Johnny Burgin.

“So much of playing good Blues is sometimes unlearning what to do rather than learning what to do…[to] play really slow and play things with a lot of impact”
Johnny Burgin

Watch the free lesson below:
Johnny Littlejohn Chicago Slide Guitar Lesson w/ Chicago Blues Network’s Johnny Burgin
“Johnny Littlejohn’s 1969 Arhoolie release Chicago Blues Stars is a holy grail Chicago blues record vocals, guitar tone, the slide, stinging single notes, atmosphere and groove. It’s a bar that hasn’t been met since. His subsequent records are great as well, especially Funky from Chicago (featuring Eddie Taylor) and So-Called Friends. Here’s a look at his slide playing in open D and his single note lead playing, which picks up where Elmore James’s standard tuning lead playing left off.” Johnny Burgin
John Littlejohn – Chicago Blues Stars (1969)
Blues from the Inside Out
Hosted by Dave Specter

“Born and raised with the blues as the eldest son of Muddy Waters, Mud Morganfield talks about his own approach to music, his album They Call Me Mud and his father’s legacy. Guitarist Rick Kreher shares stories of playing in both Mud’s and Muddy’s bands.”
Check out this amazing podcast from the archives…
Listen to the Podcast Here
Featuring top names in blues, soul, jazz and roots music with a unique, artist-to-artist interview perspective along with live studio performances. Every episode is a warm, relaxed and engaging conversation between two artists, packed with insights into each guest’s music, life and influences. Listeners get a chance to eavesdrop on this intimate chat that weaves in blues and roots history, tales of legendary performances and collaborations, and the kinds of personal anecdotes that make you smile, laugh out loud or maybe even cry. Learn more click here.
     Watch Mud Morganfield and Rick Kreher perform with more Chicago Blues Masters in this Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert below:
Mud Morganfield, Johnny Burgin, Rick Kreher & Friends: Chicago Blues Bootcamp, Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert
Joanna Connor to Play AMAL BLUES Festival!
Chicago Blues Network Instructor and Chicago Blues Master Joanna Connor Brings Slide Guitar to Sweden
Photo Credit: Maryam Wilcher
     Congratulations to Joanna Connor, as she brings her talent overseas to Sweden’s ÅMÅL’S BLUES FEST this week, performing on July 8th; the line-up includes the Devon Allman Project, Lil’ Jimmy Reed and more.

     Check out Joanna Connor’s energetic take on “I Feel So Good” in the video below. This video was filmed at the Chicago Blues venue Rosa’a Lounge (the same venue where musician’s in Chicago Blues Bootcamp performed their capstone concert)!
Joanna Connor – “I Feel So Good” – Official Music Video
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Learn from your Chicago Blues Masters…
Check out one of our most popular lesson videos as Joanna Connor walks you through Elmore James’s “Dust My Broom.”

Joanna Connor: “Dust My Broom” Guitar Lesson
Hats Off to the Incredible Bob Stroger!
Stroger Named Most Outstanding Musician (Bass) by Living Blues Magazine,
Reels in Great Review of New Album!
     Bob Stroger, named ‘Most Outstanding Musician (Bass)’ in Living Blues was one of many Chicago Blues Masters working directly with students at the Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022. He shared his knowledge with Bass players, and also performed alongside other Chicago Blues Masters as part of the capstone concert.
Photo by Peter M. Hurley
“…the “real” Bob Stroger shines through: warmhearted and playful, yet earnest in his dedication to his music; open and welcoming; and—above all—imbued with a deep-running, unforced dignity.” —David Whiteis
     Plus, Stroger’s recent release on Chicago’s Delmark Records That’s My Name garnered powerful praise in Living Blues magazine: to read the full review click here.

At 91, Bob Stroger is Chicago’s oldest working bluesman…this is a rare opportunity to savor a side of a venerated blues elder that we don’t often get to experience…” 
Bob Stroger & The Headcutters – That’s My Name Album Sampler
Get the Album Here
Listen to an exclusive interview with Chicago Blues Master and fellow Delmark recording artist Dave Specter and Bob Stroger, on “Blues From the Inside Out” Podcast as they chat about Stroger’s new record That’s My Name, featuring the Brazil-based band The Headcutters, the mixture of styles on the album, how he started singing, and more.

“They call me the Godfather and I call them my sons.”
Bob Stroger
Listen to the Interview Here
Live! Check out this video clip of Bob Stroger at the recent Chicago Blues Festival 2022, performing “Key to the Highway” with his friends Sam Burckhardt (sax), Billy Flynn and Rockin’ Eddie (guitars), Kenny Smith (drums) and “One Take” Will Shackford (piano).” – Delmark Records Facebook
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022
Chicago Blues Bootcamp was held May 29 – June 2, 2022 in downtown Chicago, offering Blues musicians from across the country a chance to come together to learn directly from Chicago Blues Masters. Today we focus on the students and their time in the Chicago Blues spotlight…(for additional pics, click here).

      The week was capped off at Rosa’s Lounge where proprietor Tony Mangiullo rolled out the red carpet for student ensembles to perform on the historic stage with blues veteran Marty Binder on drums. Instructors in attendance to support students, Stroger, Flynn and Burgin, joined Binder on an impromptu short set.

      Bootcamp director Scott Weil was glad to get live operations back after 2 years of remote streaming. “Up-close contact with these great blues artists is the invaluable experience we offer. Now past the pandemic, we’re back as intended; live and in-person.”

     Chicago Blues Bootcamps take place annually, designed for the week leading up to the Chicago Blues Festival. For info on future camps and more, visit chicagobluesnetwork.com.

— Peter M. Hurley

Photos © 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.
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