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Until he recorded his (and Alligator Records') first album, “Hound Dog Taylor and the Houserockers,” in 1971, Taylor was largely unknown outside of Chicago. He played blues guitar for 35 years before reaching a wider audience and gaining the status of a beloved blues icon. From the mid-1950's until 1975, Taylor and his band--second guitarist Brewer Phillips and drummer Ted Harvey--kicked out the blues jams all over the South and West sides, including a regular Sunday afternoon gig at Florence's Lounge. It was at one of these performances in 1970 where a young blues fan named Bruce Iglauer decided to start a blues record label for the sole purpose of recording Hound Dog Taylor and the HouseRockers. Without a drop of slickness, Taylor's electrified blues was feral, rocking and raw

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Studebaker John’s Maxwell Street Kings: That’s The Way You Do

Read "That’s The Way You Do" reviewed by Nic Jones

For every facially-contorted string-bender, it sometimes feels like there's a performer who knows the blues on another level; with this release, Studebaker John Grimaldi is one of them. He takes his cues from the Chicago blues in general and from the likes of J.B. Hutto and Hound Dog Taylor in particular. He lives and breathes the ...


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