“Do yourself a tremendous favor and go to a record store today…venturing out to find the object of your desire, the thrill of moving through actual space and time, through row upon row of records, and the tactile ecstasy of fondling the quested treasure—
all this will augment and enrich the mental associations the music invokes
in you for the rest of your life.” – Grinderman (Alternative rock band)

September 14, 2022  Volume 3, Issue 19
Be Part of the Evolution of the Blues
Step Back in Time…and Into the Future
Before the Internet, radio and television. Way before smartphones and “Siri, can you play…” you had to get yourself out to the club, juke joint or house party to hear the latest tunes. You might hear a roaring band on stage, or drop a nickel or a dime in the jukebox to hear the latest Blues Artists…from near or far…with new songs that just might be a hit.

Click here, or on the jukebox below to hear the 16 Classic Chicago Blues songs that make up the Chicago Blues Network Set List. Many of these songs went on to be famous worldwide, birthed from the city’s rich Blues scene…
Chicago Blues Master Billy Flynn teaches nuances of Otis Rush’s “All Your Love (I Miss Loving)” in the video below:
Billy Flynn: All Your Love I Miss Lovin’ Guitar Lesson
“[The slide] It’s a nice move because it’s like pool, you always leave yourself with a good way to get out of it…[It’s] not so much where you slide it from, but where you end.”
You can learn alongside Chicago Blues Masters in the upcoming Chicago Blues Bootcamp in 2023. Stay tuned for more info. In the meantime, listen to the set list and view a top flight selection of FREE lesson videos on YouTube. Be part of the evolution of the Blues:
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Interviews with Blues Musicians Worldwide

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No Border Blues #11, Shakedown Tim (Belgium)
“Guitarist, vocalist and songwriter Shakedown Tim discusses his history with the well-known Belgian Blues Band Fried Bourbon, his new incarnation as Shakedown Tim and the Rhythm Revue on Germany’s Rhythm Bomb label, and American vintage guitars on this episode of No Border Blues.” – No Border Blues
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

Photo © Peter M. Hurley
Like all of Eddie Taylor Sr.’s progeny, Brenda Taylor Ricci is a high energy force, a whirlwind of a performer and a motivator behind many projects. We celebrate Brenda’s newest cd “Buggy Ride” on Wolf Records here and feature her bio below. 

Brenda Larrissia Taylor, President Purple Octave LLC Publishing. Born July 12th in the late 1960’s Brenda Taylor was Eddie “Big-town Playboy” Taylor Sr. and Lee Vera’s first born child. A smile of joy occupied both parents’ faces on that sunny day. They resided on the 2700 block west Madison street in Chicago, Illinois above Duke’s Place Lounge. Throughout Brenda’s youthful years she’d peer through the exhaust fan to watch her father perform.

As she grew older and more acquainted with Blues Rhythm music she became more educated how important the great guitarist her father was. Eddie Taylor played lead for Jimmy Reed, Muddy Waters, Johnny Lee Hooker, Howling Wolf and assembly of others. Brenda’s father would coach her to sing. As an incentive she would surprisingly be mentioned during his performances and sing on stage.

After her fathers death in December 1985, she began venturing into her own Blues Rhythm music following her father’s steps. Unfortunately, after the family’s tragic loss of Eddy Sr., Lee Vera kept the family legacy functioning, raising seven children alone and performing when she could.

She performed the Chicago Blues Festival at Grant Park June 10, 1999 and recorded for Wolf Records in 1999. She later passed November 1, 1999 leaving the legacy with the surviving children. Lee Vera was unable to witness her records published and marketed. In 2004 Eddie “Big-town Playboy” Taylor Sr. received accolades for his talented Blues Rhythm in Grant Park at Chicago’s Blues Festival. His children performed during the event in remembrance of him. Brenda performed with friends, family, and collective originators like Eddie Shaw, Elmore James Jr., Billy Branch, Jimmy Burns, Muddy Waters Jr., Mary Lane, Johnny Mae Dunson, Shirley Johnson and countless others. During her autograph signing she opened for Geovonnie Samuels performing her single “Who’s this Dame.” Brenda also spoke on a lasting impact with Romonski Love from a local radio station, following kidney failure. In so doing raising awareness for her brother, Eddie Taylor Jr. “Although Blues Rhythm music are my origins, I find myself reaching out to the youth to empower them.”

– Brenda Taylor, President Purple Octave LLC Publishing

The new album “Buggy Ride” is Brenda Taylors first CD of her own and there is a great band behind her, her brothers Tim and Eddie Taylor Jr., Illinois Slim, Freddie Dixon and Harmonica Hinds. On this album you can find a great list of traditional blues songs mixed with modern blues.


For specialty coffee in homage to the legendary artist Eddie Taylor: click here. (Yes, you read that right!)

Photo © Peter M. Hurley, November 2018, rehearsal for Women of R&B concert.

Fundraiser Alert: You Can Help!

To donate, and help legendary artist Merle Perkins with auto repairs to allow him transportation to gigs, CLICK HERE. The fundraiser is set up by Brenda Taylor Ricci.

“When a truly good person like Merle Perkins needs REAL help and you have a heart, you can’t help but feel his pain right now along with him. If you know that, you’d also know that there is a time to give (if you can) during these hard times especially.” – Brenda Taylor Ricci 
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.
Song Spotlight: “Phonograph Blues”
Explore Two Versions of a Featured Blues Song
Robert Johnson recorded “Phonograph Blues” in 1936, about one year before the term “jukebox” became popular. Before that, jukeboxes were sometimes called ‘automatic coin-operated phonographs.’ Here, Johnson pays homage to the technology allowing, for the first time, pre-recorded music to be heard at home or in a club. Take a listen to his song in the video below:
Robert Johnson – Phonograph Blues 
Fast forward more than sixty years. You can hear the evolution of the song with this interpretation by Pyeng Threadgill, released on the independent label Random Chance Records. On the album Sweet Home: Pyeng Threadgill Sings Robert Johnson, 11 tunes were recreated in different genres. “I wanted each song to be different; otherwise what would be the point?” said Threadgill. Enjoy this version of “Phonograph Blues” in the video below:
“Phonograph Blues” – Pyeng Threadgill
Read more, with articles about Chicago Blues History by Marty Weil, “Heart of the Blues” by Joanna Connor, plus photos of Chicago Blues Masters by Peter M. Hurley:
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