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Billy Boy Arnold firmly established himself as one of the foremost practitioners of classic Chicago blues. His wailing harmonica playing and soulful vocals are a perfect match for his streetwise songwriting. The combination of Delta- influenced blues with a more urban sophistication not only defines Arnold's sound, but was also a significant contribution in the early, formative days of rock and roll. His early work with Bo Diddley and his highly influential singles in the late 1950s, brought him some local attention, but he never received the recognition he rightly deserved. There are many harmonica players to come out the Chicago blues scene


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Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue: Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue

Read "Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue" reviewed by James Nadal

The road from Texas to California runs right through T-Bone Walker, no detours about it. Since Walker packed his guitar and moved there in the 1940's, what is termed as West Coast Blues revolves around a style he defined. Golden State Lone Star Blues Revue is a blues ensemble founded by harmonica player and singer Mark ...


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Blues Speak: The Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual

Read "Blues Speak: The Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual" reviewed by Chris May

Blues Speak: The Best of the Original Chicago Blues Annual Lincoln T. Beauchamp Jr. (editor) 192 pages ISBN: 978-0-252-03440-4 cloth ISBN: 978-0-252-07692-3 paper University of Illinois Press 2010 Launched at the 1989 Chicago Blues Festival, Original Chicago Blues Annual was ...


Dirty Mother

Label: Music Avenue
Released: 2007



Label: Catfish Records (UK)
Released: 2000
Track listing: Catfish/ Tomorrow Night/ Dirty Mother Fuyer/ Annie Lee/ 1-22-99/ Just Got To Know/ She Fooled Me/ Don


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Billy Boy Arnold: Catfish

Read "Catfish" reviewed by Derek Taylor

Bluesman Billy Boy Arnold’s first big break came when he teamed with his friend Ellas McDaniel (better known as Bo Diddley) cut a demo tape for Chess Records in 1955. Thanks to the fickle preferences of Leonard Chess Diddley ended up with a record contract and Arnold was left holding the bag. It was a precedent ...


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