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“I don’t think I ever sing the same way twice. The blues is sort of a mixed-up thing. You just have to feel it. Anything I do sing is part of my life.” – Billie Holiday 
Wednesday November 9, 2022  Volume 3, Issue 23
Get FREE Tickets for November 17, 2022
Johnny Burgin Blues Revue
with Ben Levin, Marie Martens and Joel Astley

Johnny Burgin, Chicago Blues Master, educator with Chicago Blues Network, and Delmark recording artist, has a never-ending touring and recording schedule which has led to diverse collaborations from Blues legends like Charlie Musselwhite and Billy Boy Arnold to the first American compilation of the underground Japanese blues scene, the No Border Blues CD and podcast.

Now he’s bringing a revue of three up-and-coming national artists to Skokie, IL (just North of Chicago) on Thursday November 17, 2022. Burgin is joined by 22-year-old Ben Levin of Cincinnati; Seattle-based Joel Astley on harmonica; and guitarist/singer Marie Martens from Sweden.

Johnny Burgin Blues Revue is at 7:00 PM Doors / 7:30 PM Show at Skokie Theatre, 7924 Lincoln Ave, Skokie, IL 60077. 

We have 20 tickets to give to readers who contact us at scott.weil@icloud.com.

Reach out today to claim your ticket(s)!

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Although Johnny Burgin struck out to the West Coast and points beyond in 2016, he is well remembered for his tenure in Chicago. Rick Kogan of The Chicago Tribune stated, “there are few more passionate practitioners of this style”. Burgin curated this night of Blues music for his beloved Chicagoland/North Shore audience, to showcase some of the exciting new talent he’s worked with in his travels.

[Johnny Burgin shows] “stellar fretwork…gloriously loose, raw and immediate Chicago blues.”Vintage Guitar magazine

Praise for Ben Levin: “If you like traditional blues piano as much as I do, you’ll be beaming throughout.”– Marty Gunther, Blues Blast magazine

Listen to Ben’s Levin’s music, click here.
Johnny Burgin plays to a packed house in Long Beach Sunday, October 23, 2022
Email Scott at scott.weil@icloud.com 
to claim your free tickets to the show!
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

RIC HALL
Guitarist for Buddy Guy

Excerpted from reunionblues.com:

“Touring can be brutal on any guitar. Through rain, snow, sleet, hail… I rely on my Reunion Blues to see me through.”

Mr. RIC HALL aka “Ric Jaz” is truly an extraordinary example of one of the best musicians to come out of Chicago, He currently tours and performs around the world with Blues legend Buddy Guy. Ric’s 30 year plus resume includes associations with a surreal list of Grammy and Rock & Roll Hall of Fame Award winning artists like BB King, Albert King, Eric Clapton, John Mayer, Carlos Santana, and Jeff Beck.

True to his versatile style, Ric has proudly served as the guitarist and rhythm section leader for The Dells (Rock & Roll Hall of Fame R&B inductee). Other R&B artists he has performed with include Jerry “Iceman” Butler, Bloodstone, and The Emotions.

Ric provides an impregnable rhythmic foundation and is eager to interject soulful “teeth gritting” guitar licks. His crossover style can magically transform R&B into a tasteful Rock shred at the blink of an eye. Mr. Hall also operates a small independent recording studio, recording and producing local artists in addition to his own projects.

– Photo © Peter M. Hurley, 2020

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.
Hear Ric Hall LIVE at the club Blue Chicago in the video below:
Songs from the Chicago Blues Network Set List  
“Let Me Love You Baby” (Buddy Guy)
Chicago Blues Network can help you learn 16 Classic Chicago Blues songs from the Chicago Blues Network Set List, including “Let Me Love You Baby” as performed by Buddy Guy. Take a listen to this searing guitar work, when Buddy Guy performed live, in the video below. From the galloping drums to his urgent vocal, this version is a show-stopper:
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An Evolution of a Song

The song was written by Willie Dixon, the prolific songwriter who penned countless classic tunes, and who was inducted into the Songwriters Hall of Fame, Blues Hall of Fame, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This song was first released by Buddy Guy in 1961. It was also covered by Stevie Ray Vaughan, Joe Bonamassa, and more.
Buddy Guy also founded the Chicago Blues club Buddy Guy’s Legends, at its current location 700 S. Wabash, where many Chicago Blues Masters have graced the stage, drawing audiences from around the world to downtown Chicago.
Chicago Blues Master Brother John Kattke often hosts the jam at Buddy Guy’s Legends in Chicago. Stop in when you’re in town!
Get More Songs on the Set List Here
Which song is your favorite? And who plays it best? Let us know on Facebook here.
Double Up!
TWO FREE Video Lessons

Chicago Blues Masters
Joanna Connor and Billy Flynn
Teach “Just a Little Bit”
Another classic Chicago Blues song on the Set List is “Just a Little Bit” which has nuances with staccato notes and more. Tackle them by reviewing these two lesson videos:
“Just A Little Bit,” Chicago Blues Network Lesson by Joanna Connor
“Just A Little Bit” Chicago Blues Network Lesson by Billy Flynn
Get More FREE Lessons
Meet Blues Artists with
“Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast

Chicago Blues Master and Host Dave Specter
Interviews: 

RICK ESTRIN
From the archives…
One of the premier harp players, singers and songwriters on today’s blues scene, Rick Estrin shares great stories and memories from his early days growing up in San Francisco and his move to Chicago in the 1960s. Music from his album, Contemporary on Alligator Records, is featured in the podcast.
 
Listen to the Interview Here!

Blues from the Inside Out is a monthly podcast featuring top names in blues and roots music from a unique, artist-to-artist interview perspective and often includes live studio performances and jam sessions.

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. See more at BluesFromTheInsideOut.com.

Blues Makin’ a Statement…
“How Low Can One Man Go” 
and “Ballad of George Floyd”

by Chicago Blues Master Dave Specter
With the recent election, we are reminded of our voice and ability to make a difference in our communities, with our votes, and our actions, to affect positive change. Take a listen to these tracks by Chicago Blues Master Dave Specter. 
Dave Specter – How Low Can One Man Go? (OFFICIAL MUSIC VIDEO) (ft. Jorma Kaukonen)
Below is an exclusive LIVE version of “Ballad of George Floyd” featuring Specter, and Chicago Blues Masters Billy Branch and Brother John Kattke, on the Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert.
“Ballad of George Floyd” LIVE on Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert stage
Watch More Trading 4s Concerts
Blues and Art Converge
November 10th
Panel and Performance: Into the Blue 
featuring Katherine Davis
Chicago Blues Master Katherine Davis, Lead Museum Educator, Smart Museum of Art, will be one of the featured panelists November 10, 2022 at 5:00 PM, at Panel and Performance: Into the BlueConsider the perceptive, emotive, and artistic resonance of “blue.”

“Blue is a color in nature and art, a genre of music, and a mood. It is associated with distance, serenity, intelligence, and sadness. “Into the Blue” asks us to consider the multi-dimensional resonance of blue from the art historical to the neurobiological. How is our experience of Blue, common and disparate? Does our perception change depending on its presentation? Why do we call it the Blues?”EventBrite.com
Learn More About the Event
Enjoy the music! Katherine Davis has performed numerous times at the Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert stage, hear one of the shows in the video below:
Katherine Davis: featured in Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concert
The Candidate with the Most Groove…
Vote for the Blues!
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