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Sweet Home: March 2013

Sweet Home: March 2013

| March 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Interview with Charlie Musselwhite

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Sweet Home: February 2013

Sweet Home: February 2013

| February 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Chicago treasure, Eddie C. Campbell releases a new one.

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Sweet Home: January 2013

Sweet Home: January 2013

| January 2, 2013 | 8 Comments

Lynne Jordan: The gal with hat

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Sweet Home: December 2012

Sweet Home: December 2012

| November 30, 2012 | 0 Comments

The search for a young guitar savior has flummoxed the blues for years. Glimpses of hope appeared here and there over the last decade, only to be buried among the millennial musical confusion. But none carried as much promise and pedigree as Gary Clark Jr. A fixture on the storied Austin music scene since the […]

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Sweet Home: November 2012

Sweet Home: November 2012

| October 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Wayne Baker Brooks has always been a rebel. While most blues musicians were weaned on a steady diet of classic blues, he also listened to house music, ’80s rock, and hip-hop. While most scions of blues legends gain musical schooling from the masters themselves, Brooks is self-taught. And while most musicians regularly perform riveting examples […]

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Sweet Home: October 2012

Sweet Home: October 2012

| October 1, 2012 | 2 Comments

With the decidedly testosterone-filled focus of contemporary blues, it’s easy to forget that the genre was popularized at the beginning of the last century by a handful of spirited women. Bessie Smith, Ma Rainey, Ethel Waters, and Ida Cox all helped usher in the era of recorded blues records and Memphis Minnie, with her finely-honed […]

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Sweet Home: September 2012

Sweet Home: September 2012

| August 31, 2012 | 3 Comments

There’s no question that the blues serves as the foundation for traditional American music genres, but it’s easy to forget that it doesn’t necessarily have to take a musical form. The blues can flow through words, movements, and sensibilities. It can inform literature, dance, visual art, and theater. The eta Creative Arts Foundation illustrates this […]

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Sweet Home: August 2012

Sweet Home: August 2012

| July 31, 2012 | 1 Comment

Belting out lyrics with pleasing raspiness and punctuating them with kicks, Peaches Staten sings with the conviction and sass of a seasoned blues singer. She prowls the stage like she’s scraped her way through swamps and gutbucket bars to snag recognition. Except she hasn’t.

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Sweet Home: July 2012

Sweet Home: July 2012

| June 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

The Chicago Blues Fest has been restored. For the last five or six years, the fest didn’t do the greatest job of spreading the blues spirit. Weak lineups, uninspired themes, and budget cutbacks all conspired to make the world’s largest free blues festival not so exciting. But 2012 wiped all of that away.

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Sweet Home: June 2012

Sweet Home: June 2012

| May 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

Michael “Iron Man” Burks was the kind of bluesman who endeared everyone to him. If you didn’t fall in love with his gritty vocals and fierce guitar licks, you were captured by his humble charm and hardworking attitude.

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Sweet Home: May 2012

Sweet Home: May 2012

| May 1, 2012 | 0 Comments

Much has been discussed about the direction that blues will take as the genre enters the crossroads of redefining itself while the last of the Delta bluesmen pass away. The past few decades have introduced more rock into the traditional blues sound, but soul has always been a more devoted offspring.

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Sweet Home: April 2012

Sweet Home: April 2012

| March 30, 2012 | 2 Comments

Eric Davis does not look like the stereotypical bluesman. His muscular frame is typically adorned in fitted tanks or vests, and his shaved head is always covered with his trademark bandanna. His arms are emblazoned with tattoos and his face with a goatee.

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Sweet Home: March 2012

Sweet Home: March 2012

| February 29, 2012 | 0 Comments

The legacy of Muddy Waters looms over Chicago blues with a vivid, unforgettable presence that serves as the standard for what defines the genre. Appearing: March 31st at Buddy Guy’s Legends with The Chicago Blues Angels and Eddie Taylor Jr. From his swaggering vocals to the fierce slide-guitar riffs that electrified the blues, there are […]

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Sweet Home: February 2012

Sweet Home: February 2012

| January 31, 2012 | 0 Comments

When exploring the formidable list of Chicago’s blues divas, Deitra Farr‘s name is always front and center. Versatile and energetic, her smooth and controlled voice tackles a range of genres from soul to gospel but it always remains grounded in the blues.

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Sweet Home: January 2012

Sweet Home: January 2012

| December 31, 2011 | 0 Comments

Hubert Sumlin was one of the greatest blues guitarists of his generation. Famous for the explosive guitar riffs that he produced as a member of Howlin’ Wolf’s band, Sumlin influenced such rock-guitar gods as Eric Clapton, Jimmy Page, and Keith Richards. His 80-year journey began in the Mississippi Delta and took him across the world […]

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