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y any yardstick, Chicago guitarist John Primer has paid his dues. Prior to making The Real Deal for Mike Vernon's Atlantic-distributed Code Blue label, Primer spent 13 years as the ever-reliable rhythm guitarist with Magic Slim & the Teardrops. Before that, he filled the same role behind Chicago immortals Muddy Waters and Willie Dixon. All that grounding has paid off handsomely for Primer. His sound is rooted in the classic Windy City blues sound of decades past: rough-edged and uncompromising and satisfying in the extreme. He's one of the last real traditionalists in town. By the time he came to Chicago in 1963, Primer was thoroughly familiar with the lowdown sounds of Waters, Wolf, Jimmy Reed, B.B

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Muddy Waters 100: Muddy Waters 100

Read "Muddy Waters 100" reviewed by James Nadal

When a local guitarist and blues singer in Clarksdale, Mississippi named McKinley Morganfield made his first field recording at the Stovall plantation, on August 31, 1941, he had no idea where this music would take him. By the time he plugged his guitar into an amplifier on Chicago's Southside in 1943, he had become Muddy Waters, ...

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Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013

Read "Pennsylvania Blues Festival 2013" reviewed by Wade Luquet

22nd Pennsylvania Blues Festival Blue Mountain Ski ResortPalmerton, PAJuly 26-28, 2013For the past 22 years, veteran festival producer Michael Cloeren has thrown a weekend party in the Pocono mountains, playing host to fifteen of his favorite blues musician friends and their bands and inviting a few thousand avid fans of the ...

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Jazz & Blues Florida April 2012 Online Edition Posted

Jazz & Blues Florida April 2012 Online Edition Posted

The new edition of Jazz & Blues Florida, Florida's free online source for information on live jazz and blues in clubs, concerts and festivals, is now available. Readers throughout Florida and visitors coming from around the world consult this site for information on the vibrant scene to be found throughout the state. There is no other ...

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John Primer - Call Me John Primer (Wolf, 2010)

John Primer - Call Me John Primer (Wolf, 2010)

Guitarist and songwriter John Primer is a solid meat and potatoes bluesman who moved north from Mississippi to Chicago and gradually moved from apprentice musician in the clubs to a leader in his own right. This album is a selection of songs from his Wolf label recordings, a nice mix of live and studio songs that ...

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Willie Buck: The Life I Love

Read "The Life I Love" reviewed by John Barron

Although blues singer Willie Buck has been leading his own bands in Chicago for over forty years with some of the city's best sidemen, the Houston, Mississippi native is relatively unknown on a national level. Hopefully, this will change with the reissue of The Life I Love, his one and only full-length release from the early ...

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Mississippi Heat: Let's Live it Up!

Read "Let's Live it Up!" reviewed by John Barron

Formed in 1991, Mississippi Heat has become one of the more popular modern blues bands out of Chicago. Led by harmonica great Pierre Lacocque, this high-energy ensemble has released nine recordings with a rotating cast of top-notch talent. On Let's Live it Up!, the group delivers a rocking set with the help of earthy vocalist Inetta ...


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