“You might say that the universe plays the blues.” ― David Byrne
August 17, 2022 Volume 3, Issue 17
Light Up Your Playing with FREE Lessons Learn Classic Blues Songs with Chicago Blues Masters
Joanna Connor “Dust My Broom” Guitar Lesson
Chicago Blues Master Joanna Connor‘s Chicago Blues Network video lesson on Elmore James’s “Dust My Broom” has over 50K views. Here’s what people are saying…
“Joanna is one of the best blues and slide guitar players in the world! She is also one of the most fun, kind and patient people/teachers you could ever work with. She took me from being an average marginally confident blues player that was stuck in a rut for decades to feeling that I can play with anyone.” – A. Reich, Student
“You are a guitar goddess. Thanks for taking the time to break this down for us.” – Sami G.
Evolutions…This tune was recorded as “Dust My Broom” by Elmore James in 1951, and is based on an earlier tune, “I Believe I’ll Dust My Broom” recorded by Robert Johnson in 1936. Johnson’s version is thought to be based on an even earlier tune, “I Believe I’ll Make a Change” recorded by another group in 1932.
Our Chicago Blues Network YouTube channel offers more FREE video lessons, with Chicago Blues Masters including Joanna Connor, Dave Specter, Billy Flynn, Johnny Burgin, Brother John Kattke, Harlan Terson (Bass); plus Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts!
Meet More Chicago Blues Masters “Blues from the Inside Out” Hosted by Dave Specter
Listen to interviews with some of the Chicago Blues Masters who were Instructors at Chicago Blues Bootcamp in 2022. Dave Specter, Delmark Records artist and Chicago Blues Master, hosts “Blues from the Inside Out.” The podcast features top names in blues, soul, jazz and roots music with a unique, artist-to-artist interview perspective along with live studio performances.
One of the elder statesmen of Chicago blues, bass player extraordinaire and vocalist Bob Stroger talks about his album That’s My Name and shares memories from his long and storied career in the blues, playing with Otis Rush, Sunnyland Slim, Jimmy Rogers and many more.
One of the most sought after guitarists on today’s blues scene, Billy Flynn takes us on his blues journey from his early days growing up in Wisconsin through his long and distinguished career performing and recording with an epic list of blues greats.
Enjoy our first “Blues From The Inside In” shelter in place phone interview with Chicago based and world renowned guitar star Joanna Connor. From her early days on the Chicago blues scene playing at the Checkerboard Lounge and Kingston Mines to her recent collaboration with Joe Bonamassa, Joanna shares great stories from her cool career.
A triple threat talent on today’s Chicago blues scene, vocalist, keyboardist and guitarist John Kattke has toured the world with Buddy Guy, Otis Rush and Koko Taylor. John has been a longtime bandmate of Dave Specter’s and also leads his own band, where he combines influences from New Orleans, Texas, Chicago and all points in between.
“Blues from the Inside Out” Host Dave Specter‘s most recent album Six String Soul, celebrating 30 years on Delmark Records, is available now on vinyl. Be sure to get your copy: click here.
BLUES GIANTS: Magic Sam Celebrating the Chicago Blues Giants that Paved the Way…
Chicago Blues Master and Guitar Instructor Johnny Burgin shows the nuances of Magic Sam’s “All Your Love” in the video below:
Johnny Burgin “All Your Love” Lesson Video
About this video…“Magic Sam was an adonis of Chicago blues, a natural talent on guitar and a strong singer who died way too young. His late 50s recordings had that stinging, prominent guitar and a stripped down band that became the archetype of the West Side Sound. He came to Chicago from Mississippi at 16 (Eddie C. Campbell lived right down the street!) and recorded his classic hit “All Your Love” at the age of 20. It’s one of those songs that is so recognizable, it should be played as note to note as you can. I’ve found and listened carefully to seven recordings by Magic Sam of this tune, and he played it practically as a set piece every time– did he owe an accurate reproduction of his hit to his fans, or was it a repetitive emotional ritual? I THOUGHT I knew the song, but slowing down the record and listening closely again was a lot of fun and something I needed to do!” – Johnny Burgin (Chicago Blues Network Guitar Instructor)
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Hear Magic Sam in the video below:
Magic Sam – “All Your Love” 1969 (live)
New Blues on the Radar! Demetria Taylor Album Release… At SPACE on Monday 8/22/22, with Mike Wheeler
Demetria Taylor was one of the featured artists who performed at Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts while we were taking shelter. Watch the concerts here. She’s now celebrating her new album with a release party next week at SPACE in Evanston, IL (just outside of Chicago); the show also features Chicago Blues Artist Mike Wheeler.
Host and Chicago Blues Master Dave Specter interviews Demetria Taylor at a Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert ; Photo by Peter M. Hurley.
“Join us as we celebrate the release of Demetria Taylor’s new album, Doin’ What I’m Supposed To Do on Delmark Records.
The house Demetria Taylor was born into was the real house of the blues, on Chicago’s West Side. Her mother Vera Taylor sang the blues and her father Eddie Taylor was one of the architects of Chicago blues guitar. Eddie was the man who taught Jimmy Reed how to play guitar and accompanied him on all of his great recordings. Demetria Taylor carries the blues in her DNA.
“With this new album I’ve found my own voice. It’s the sound I’ve always wanted. I hope this album will take me to higher grounds. I want people to see I’ve grown as an artist. I’m ready to get back out there and travel the world.” – Demetria Taylor
A lot has happened since Demetria recorded her debut CD Bad Girl in 2011. She was nominated for the Blues Music Association’s “Best New Artist Debut” in 2012 and received the Koko Taylor “Queen of the Blues” award in 2022.” – EvanstonSpace.com
If you can’t make the show, you can still get the album: Click here.