“They hear it come out, but they don’t know how it got there. They don’t understand that’s life’s way of talking. You don’t sing to feel better. You sing ’cause that’s a way of understanding life.” – Ma Rainey
March 2, 2022 Volume 3, Issue 5
Latest “Blues from the Inside Out” Podcast Dave Specter Interviews Katherine Davis
Chicago blues vocalist extraordinaire Katherine Davis shares stories from her early days growing up in Chicago’s Cabrini Green housing project surrounded by music, through her career in theater, teaching and performances around the world.
Blues from the Inside Out, hosted by Dave Specter, 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.
Dave Specter is a Guitar Instructor with Chicago Blues Network, which lets you learn online with the pros. “At Home Chicago Blues Lessons” give you access to over 40 custom lesson videos showing the ropes of 16 classic Blues songs. Plus you get weekly LIVE Zoom meetings with your Instructor and fellow students.
Choose from Chicago Blues Masters like Dave Specter, Billy Flynn, Joanna Connor, Johnny Burgin, Harlan Terson (bass), and Brother John Kattke (blues piano); lessons are $23.95/month.
I met Joey Saye on assignment for Living Blues Magazine on one of his regularly scheduled Thursday night opening gigs at Rosa’s Lounge. Great blues club, great talent. Hearing Joseph play his 30 minute acoustic set for the first time was a revelation. Saye had the chops of an early 20th Century Delta bluesman (and blues woman; Memphis Minnie is a huge inspiration to him) and the voice to boot. And he manages to weave his original material throughout the vintage repertoire as well. I’m keeping my ears open for this talented young man with such a genuine respect for early blues forms and skillset to shine on them. (Weeks later, I caught him at another club playing electric blues with a dynamic trio including venerable bassist Bob Stroger. This is a man with great taste!) His website bio below:
Joey J. Saye grew up about 45 minutes west of Chicago in Aurora, Illinois. Born to a Liberian family, he was the first of whom was born in the United States. As a result of being a part of an international family, multiple styles of music, ranging from West African music to American country music, were always near and gave him an appetite for listening to music. Even before guitar, he was always a music lover. As a child, he would spend hours exploring and discovering music in his parents’ cd cases.
He was always attracted to guitars and would even borrow guitars from friends before getting his own. Eventually, his father bought him a First Act guitar from a Sam’s Club when he was about 12 years old. But after breaking the strings, he did not play for another two years. Then, when he was 14 years old, he and a friend started a rock duo called Mike K and Joey J. Saye. Impressed by his friend’s guitar skills, he was inspired to play again. But this time, while digging through some CDs, he stumbled upon Memphis Minnie and Muddy Waters. These sounds drove him to reimagine what the guitar was capable of doing.
Joey was introduced to the blues community at age 16 when he was out with his high school friends. He heard blues music playing in the distance and chose to follow the sound. This choice led to the meeting, befriending, and playing with the Dave Herrero band that night. Dave Herrero, the group leader, invited him back next week, and this started a cadence of mentoring for Joey J.
Since then, Joey J. Saye has played in and around Chicago, participating in the blues community. During this time, he has shared the stage with many of Chicago’s top-shelf blues musicians such as Mary Lane, Willie Buck, Billy Flynn, Bob Stroger, and more. He currently is releasing digital content, holds a residency at Rosa’s on Thursday nights in Chicago, and plays blues across the country.
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.
UPCOMING EVENTS CALENDAR Chicago Blues, LIVE!
Featuring Chicago Blues Network Instructors:
Tonight! Brother John Kattke
Wednesday March 2nd Brother John Hosts the Jam Buddy Guy’s Legends 700 S. WABASH Chicago, IL 60605
Sunday March 6th Simon’s 5210 N Clark St. Chicago, IL 60640 8:00 PM / No Cover
This Week’s FREE Lesson with Chicago Blues Network Instructor Johnny Burgin
“Winehead Woman” Lesson with Johnny Burgin
“Winehead Woman” is often done by blues great Lurrie Bell, and it was a radio hit in Chicago when it was self-released (Supreme Records) in 1973 by the singing drummer Willie Williams. This record is a true guitar and harp treasure trove. I mistakenly stated it didn’t come out on CD, but it was released on the Japanese label PVine. It’s kinda hard to find but I was l spotted lots of used copies of it in Chicago’s used record stores in the 90s!) The yin-yang of Eddie Taylor and Hubert Sumlin is always engaging and fascinating– Eddie’s kind of the straight man here while Hubert is fired up with manic energy.
Little Mack Simmons and Carey Bell both turn in perfect harp performances. Willie William’s vocals may not be for everyone, but I think they’re great. He definately had some woman problems, between “38 Woman,” “Winehead Woman,” “Hot Pants Woman,” and the “Clownin’ Woman” he leaves in “Blues at Half-Past Twelve.” This record to me is just such a perfect document of Chicago blues and anyone interested in Hubert and Eddie Taylor should listen to the whole thing ASAP. The lesson focuses on Eddie’s rhythm patterns and Hubert’s ‘deconstruction’ of a Jimmy Reed rhythm pattern, and his just totally cool and wild lead. Have fun!
Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022 May 29th – June 4th, 2022 in Downtown Chicago
Billy Flynn, Photo by Peter M. Hurley
We are excited to announce the Roster of Chicago Blues Masters which will be part of Chicago Blues Bootcamp 2022. Take the opportunity to learn with: Billy Branch, Johnny Burgin, Joanna Connor, Bob Stroger, Brother John Kattke, Billy Flynn, Dietra Farr, Dave Specter and Harlan Terson.
If you’ve never taken your playing to the next level before, check out this opportunity to enjoy a 5-Day immersive Blues Camp with Chicago Blues Masters. Get tons of pro tips and hang with Instructors and students from around the country–and world!