Chicago Blues: A Living History
US: 21 Apr 2009
UK: 21 Apr 2009
Chicago Blues: A Living History is more than your average anthology. While it does feature songs dating all the way back to the 1940s, this album celebrates the past by breathing new life into it. Four major figures on the current Chicago blues scene (Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, and Lurrie Bell) reinterpret classics from the Windy City, each playing with their own, unique interpretation. Full of smooth harmonica and piano-driven blues, Chicago Blues both captures the musical spirit of the city and traces its development through the past 50 years. While classic bluesmen like Bo Diddley or Buddy Guy, not to mention numerous female musicians, might be left behind, this is an engaging, updated introduction to the world of Chicago blues.
We all know how critical it is to keep independent voices alive and strong on the Internet. Please consider a donation to support our work as independent cultural critics and historians. Your donation will help PopMatters stay viable through these changing and challenging times where costs have risen and advertising has dropped precipitously. We need your help to keep PopMatters strong and growing. Thank you.
// Notes from the Road
"Saul Williams played a free, powerful Summerstage show ahead of his appearance at Afropunk this weekend.READ the article