“The blues singers were talking about everyday life, and they pushed a button.” – Malcolm Young 
Wednesday April 10, 2022  Volume 3, Issue 8
Coolest Guitar Chord Ever
Learn Music of John Lee Hooker with Chicago Blues Network Instructor Johnny Burgin
Learn the importance of the right-hand attack and how to break free of the 12-bar format with this song by John Lee Hooker, in the free lesson video below, led by Chicago Blues Network Instructor Johnny Burgin. This is one of many free lesson videos you can watch in the Chicago Blues Network Video Gallery.
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John Lee Hooker Lesson with Johnny Burgin
“I charted out “I’m In the Mood,” John Lee Hooker’s follow-up hit to “Boogie Chillen” and one of the best selling blues tunes of all time. There’s a 5-bar intro (instead of 4), the first verse has two measures that are two beats “too short,” the solo’s 8 bars– it’s crazy! The 12 bar standardized blues format can really become rigid in players’ minds, but it’s a relatively new phenomena and it was no limitation to John Lee Hooker! Adding an extra two beats here and shortening the form there can create a freer expression– try it out. The two finger E chord is also something I hope you can use.” – Johnny Burgin
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Sign up for “At Home Chicago Blues Lessons” for $23.95/month, and you will gain access to 40+ videos on Chicago Blues tunes, taught by Chicago Blues Masters, plus weekly LIVE Zoom meetings with Instructors. Choose from Instructors including: Dave Specter, Joanna Connor, Billy Flynn, Johnny Burgin (Guitar); Brother John Kattke (Keys), and Harlan Terson (Bass).
Meet More of Our Chicago Blues Masters

Dave Specter
Dave Specter has earned an international reputation as one of the premier talents on the Chicago music scene. Since 1985 Specter has performed regularly at top Chicago venues in addition to clubs, festivals and concert halls throughout the USA [and internationally].
Learn about the famous song “Stormy Monday” and slow blues concepts in this free video lesson below:
Dave Specter: “Stormy Monday”/slow blues concepts – guitar lesson
If you want the immersive experience, check out the 5-Day Chicago Blues Bootcamp, May 29-June 3rd in downtown Chicago at Roosevelt University. 
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Keeping the Mojo
Update on Muddy Waters Home: Landmark Status, Grant and Museum Plans 
News sources have shared that the home of Muddy Waters at 4339 S. Lake Park Ave. in Kenwood which had been awarded landmark status has now received a grant for exterior renovations; a great sign for plans to create The MOJO Muddy Waters House Museum.
“I’m hoping that this place will end up being a place (where) young people and old people, and lovers of the blues, and people who want to be educated about the blues will have an incredible safe haven to come… and to learn to listen and to just really understand who Muddy Waters was. And the legacy of who he is and the fact that he is the king of Chicago blues.”
– Morganfield’s great-granddaughter Chandra Cooper (in interview with Hyde Park Herald)
Mud Morganfield, photo © Peter M. Hurley
More Mud!

Pictured above is Chicago Blues Artist Mud Morganfield, son of Muddy Waters, featured on Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts.

“Mud’s singing is firmly in the best tradition of Chicago Blues, but he is also a writer of great new songs…” – Delmark.com

Watch Mud Morganfield perform, with more Chicago Blues Masters, in the video below:
Mud Morganfield, Johnny Burgin, Rick Kreher & Friends: Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s
Plus, the late Joseph “Mojo” Morganfield, the youngest son of Waters, also shared his Chicago Blues with the world, with It’s Good To Be King” on Delmark Records.

“..Every person has their castle – family, friends, and the things you surround yourself with. That’s what the song says to me. A person should feel like a king or queen. When everything is going right. When the mojo is working! Every dog has his day. Everyone should have their moment – and it doesn’t happen every day, so when it does – enjoy it!”
– Mojo Morganfield
Pete’s Pics “Blues in Action”
by Peter M. Hurley

Mizz Lowe
A long-time highlight of Bobby Rush’s stage act is the gorgeous presence of Mizz Lowe. I had the pleasure of seeing Mizz Lowe at Hammond Indiana’s Horseshoe Casino with Mr. Rush last Saturday at the currently touring Chi-Town Blues Festival. Below is an excerpt of her bio on her website:
Mizz Lowe was born Loretta Harris in Holmes County, Mississippi. Growing up in Greenwood, Mississippi, Mizz Lowe grew up singing in her church and school. Mizz Lowe was very active in her school, singing, a member of the school band (playing the flute), on the dance team and a majorette. Mizz Lowe remembers walking through the house in her mother’s heels singing and dancing at the tender age of six. Mizz Lowe contributes her love for Blues music to her father, who owned a café when she was growing up.  She remembers hearing on the jukebox BB King, Denise LaSalle, Little Milton, Tyrone Davis, Johnnie Taylor, Fat Dominos and Bobby Rush who she now tour with as his Personal Assistant and Lead Dancer to name a few.  Mizz Lowe is widely known for her character she plays as the ‘Young Hen’ for the King of the Chittlin’ Circuit – Bobby Rush.

Mizz Lowe has had the pleasure of traveling the world with Mr. Rush to include places such as: Baghdad, Iraq, Spain, China, Norway, France, Switzerland, Sweden, Finland and the UK to include a performance for the Queen of England. She has graced the stage with the likeness as: Bobby Rush, David Honeyboy Edwards, Patti LaBelle, Chaka Khan, Keb Mo, Buddy Guy, Ike Turner, Robert Lockwood, The Temptations, Bobby Blue Bland, Loretta Devine, Don Barden, Judge Maybelline, Kyle Massey and Sam Myers to name a few. Mizz Lowe also attended the 2017 Grammys with Mr. Rush as he brought home the award for the “Best Traditional Blues Album”.

Mizz Lowe is continuously touring with Mr. Bobby Rush and making Guest Appearances when not working and giving back to her community as a Certified Medical Assistant and a Certified Nail Technician. For more information, bookings or to schedule an interview please contact “Mizz Lowe’s Enterprise” 662-374-1007 or e-mail: mizzlowe@yahoo.com.  

Photo of Mizz Lowe in action with The Bobby Rush Band by Peter M. Hurley.

Photo © 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.
Upcoming Shows
Featuring Chicago Blues Artists
Wednesday April 13th 
Ivy Ford
Rosa’s Lounge, 3420 W Armitage Ave. Chicago
9:00 PM
For more info, click here.

“Miss Ivy is a heel struttin’, red lipstick wearin’ and refreshing entertainer, while staying true to the roots of music” – IvyFord.com

Watch Ivy Ford in Chicago Blues Network Trading 4s Concerts: here.
Friday April 15th Concert and Livestream
Photo source: epiphanychi.com

Epiphany Center for the Arts, 201 S Ashland Ave, Chicago
Doors: 5:00 PM | Showtime: 7:30PM 
Tickets: General Admission – $25 | VIP – $50 (table for two, first two rows) 

For tickets to the concert or livestream: CLICK HERE

About Tail Dragger: 
James Yancy Jones, known as Tail Dragger, was born in Altheimer, Arkansas on September 30, 1940, where he was raised by his grandparents and began listening to the blues as a young child. Although he appreciated a variety of blues when he was growing up, electric Chicago blues became his greatest interest.

After relocating to Chicago’s West Side in 1966, Jones worked as an auto mechanic. He began performing locally and got a lucky break when his musical idol, Howlin’ Wolf, let Jones sit in during live performances. 

By the early 1970s, Tail Dragger had become a full-time Blues singer and his various bands included notable backing musicians including Willie Kent, Hubert Sumlin, Carey Bell, Kansas City Red, Big Leon Brooks, Eddie Shaw and Little Mack Simmons.

For over five decades, Tail Dragger has captivated audiences all over the world with his unique style of Chicago Blues and his hypnotic performances. He has received numerous awards throughout his career and continues to be celebrated by fans all over the world. At 80-years-old, Tail Dragger is still going strong and is truly a living blues legend. – epiphanychi.com

Saturday April 16th
Dave Specter
Image Source: DaveSpecter.com
The Venue, 21 South Broadway Aurora, IL 
8:00 PM – 10:00 PM

For info and tickets click here
Saturday April 16th
John Primer Blues Band w/ Demetria Taylor

Blue Chicago, 536 N Clark St, Chicago
8:00 PM

For info click here.
Saturday April 16th
Smiley Tillmon Band w/ Kate Moss
Hard Rock Casino NWI, 5400 W. 29th Avenue, Gary, Indiana
For more info, click here.

“It’s Kate’s birthday weekend… come raise a glass, play some slots and dig some blues!”SmileyTillmonBand.com
Wednesday April 20th
Jimmy Burns Hosts the Jam at Buddy Guy’s Legends

700 S. Wabash, Chicago
9:00 PM

To me, there’s only one kind of music, and that is good music.” – Jimmy Burns

For more info, click here.
April 21 – 22 – 23
Joanna Connor at Kingston Mines

April 21 w/ Vino Louden
April 22 w/ Vance Kelly
April 23 w/ Vance Kelly

Kingston Mines
2548 North Halsted, Chicago, IL
For more info and tickets click here.
Saturday Morning, Blues on National Television! 
Christone “KINGFISH” Ingram Performance & Interview
The roster of Chicago’s Alligator Records includes Grammy Award-winning Christone “Kingfish” Ingram, who will make his national television performance debut on CBS Saturday Morning on Saturday, April 16.
Tune in here.

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