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  • Eddy "The Chief" Clearwater Interview
    reunion Needless to say they won and I didn t but that s still OK I got to be there with them CBG Chuck Berry was a huge influence on you What was it about his music or his style of guitar playing that you fell in love with EC He has a very unique style The things he sung about working your finger right down to the bone teacher won t leave you alone was true to everyday life especially about teenagers going to school His guitar playing and what he was singing about coincided so perfectly I was just fascinated by his songs I got to appear with him once at a club in a suburb of Chicago He was quite a gentleman and he was funny too The audience kept egging us on and they wanted me to sing one of his songs Chuck said c mon up and do it Of all of his songs they wanted me to do Johnnie B Goode I said oh no but Chuck said go ahead do it So I did it after I got his permission CBG You ve been called a Chuck Berry imitator by fans and colleagues for years How do you feel about that EC To me in a way it s a great complement I put Chuck in very high esteem but then I also want people to know that there is another side of me I m not just an imitator I like to think I have a sound of my own I like writing songs in different styles like R B and straight blues CBG You have a new CD out on Alligator What was it about this new CD that Bruce Iglauer Alligator s founder and President liked so much that he finally signed you to his label EC For many years before Bruce got to know me once in a while he d stop into a club that I d be appearing at in and around the city Jim O Neal founding editor of Living Blues Magazine who used to have Rooster Blues record label said to me Bruce probably never heard you play blues Looking back I guess I was doing more rock n roll than blues at the places that Bruce would come and see me So whenever Jim would mention my name to Bruce he would say he can t play blues he is just a Chuck Berry imitator Jim further felt that if Bruce would have heard me play blues he would have signed me up a long time ago It was just one of those things that never happened up until now My attorney sent him a copy of the new CD He called my wife and manager Renee back and talked to her for close to two hours and said he really liked it and so did the Alligator staff Bruce is a very nice and interesting person to work with I ve been a part of many recording and mixing sessions but I had never witnessed the mastering process The stuff that I produced before it was already sent out and mastered after I d got done recording it That was a new experience for me to be involved with the mastering Photo by Tim Holek CBG You recorded the album before Alligator decided to release it So were there any songs that they left off the final version of the album EC You know what We did all 12 songs I recorded 12 and Bruce put all 12 on the record One of them almost got looked over He wasn t sure about Rock A Blues Baby But I said Bruce do me a favor and listen to it again So he did and the next time we spoke he said yeah we ll put it on because I m starting to like it better now CBG Ronnie Baker Brooks played a big part in this record too EC I ve known Ronnie since he was a little boy of four or five years old He is quite a gentleman and he is so talented I always tell him you are going to go a long way in this business I hired Ronnie to produce the record I put up all the money as executive producer and hired him to produce He did a fantastic job He brought out a little different kind of energy and we wrote a couple of songs together We wrote Gotta Move On I had the idea so I called him and asked him to help me work on a couple tunes He said OK I tell you what I ll be over at your house tomorrow at 12 o clock So he set up studio right in my basement and we went to work right from there We wrote A Time For Peace and then he wrote a song for me called They Call Me The Chief He also wrote Too Old To Get Married Too Young To Be Buried His daddy Lonnie and I are singing together on that one We had a really good time putting this record together CBG Do you think the new record shows a side of you that we haven t seen or heard before EC I hope so but I ll let you all be the judge That s one of the reasons I wanted Ronnie Baker Brooks on the record I wanted some different newer and younger ideas There is one song that I don t know exactly what to think of or make of it myself laughs All I know is I wrote it and I played it for Ronnie He said he could work with it so we did and we ended up recording it It s called Rock A Blues Baby CBG Did you use your road band on the record or studio musicians EC I used Ronnie Baker Brooks band There are a couple songs

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  • Delmark Records 55th Anniversary
    a turning heads guitar solo from Scott and Lurrie Bell Tail Dragger s set was one of the many highlights with his outstanding regular guitarist Kevin Shanahan and the underrated Davin Big D Erikson and Billy Branch on harp tearing it up hypnotic Wolf style Our dear friend and Back Scratcher rhythm guitarist extraordinaire Rick Kreher brought down the house with the charismatic crowd pleaser the down home house rocker Little Arthur Duncan I always enjoy the down home raw gritty blues of both Little Arthur Duncan and Tail Dragger and both of their sets surpassed my expectation There were so many musical highlights to mention and remember but a few personal ones for me the ageless vocalist guitarist Jimmy Johnson is he really almost 80 along with guitarist Dave Specter I wish those two funk blues masters played together all the time The premier blues saxophonist singer Eddie Shaw sounded really great in his set as well no one knew he had just left the hospital same with Tail Dragger Eddie has the most distinctive sound on that horn honkin Blues saxophone at its best Delmark s blues piano pounders were well represented by the criminally underrated vocalist pianist Aaron Moore still sounding great even in his late 80 s and the wild and raw blues gospel soul stylings of street musician Big DooWopper It was a special treat to have both Zora Young and Shirley Johnson grace the stage with their beauty charisma and powerful yet sensitive vocals Byther Smith closed out the highly successful night playing the most intense BB King style you can hear these days The big surprise of the night was the return of vocalist guitarist Johnny B Moore who had suffered a stroke a few years ago that severely affected him and his

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  • BEYOND THE BLUES FESTIVAL
    cover first come first serve Doors open 11 a m After the broadcast at about 7 p m there is a 15 cover Buddy Guy Otis Taylor and Eddy The Chief Clearwater perform for WXRT 93 1 FM Radio s 11 th Annual live broadcast to kick off the Chicago Blues Festival DJ Tom Marker host of the BluesBreakers show emcees Buddy Guy will co host When the radio show is over Louisiana Red takes the stage at 7 p m backed by special guests Bob Corritore Patrick Ryan and Eddie Kobek At 10 p m guitarist Larry McCray performs Legends serves tasty authentic Louisiana cuisine and other fare so marathon blues fans won t starve S P A C E www evanstonspace com 1245 Chicago Ave at Dempster Evanston IL 847 492 8860 This new performance space recording studio and restaurant in Evanston offers exciting line ups throughout the week Wednesday 6 4 92 year old blues legend Honeyboy Edwards Dave Specter Barrelhouse Chuck Eddy The Chief Clearwater and host Katherine Davis Thursday 6 5 Jimmy Johnson joins Dave Specter Friday 6 6 Jimmy Burns brings his soulful voice and guitar to the stage Saturday 6 7 Syl Johnson brother of Jimmy Johnson makes a rare appearance This would be an opportune time to hear soul legend live BLUE CHICAGO two clubs www bluechicago com Chicago IL These River North sister clubs only two blocks apart offer blues fans a great deal two clubs with two bands on the weekend for only one cover charge Make sure the doorman stamps your hand for admission to both places Blue Chicago is known for its female vocalists 536 N Clark at Ohio 312 661 0100 Wednesday 6 4 J W Williams Blues Band with Patricia Scott Thursday 6 5 Shirley Johnson Blues Band Friday 6 6 Saturday 6 7 Charlie Love Blues Band with Nellie Travis Sunday 6 8 Shirley Johnson Blues Band 736 N Clark at Superior 312 642 6261 Closed Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday 6 6 Saturday 6 7 Grana Louise the Troublemakers REGGIE S MUSIC JOINT www reggieslive com 2105 S State Street Chicago 312 949 0120 Reggie s is not the usual stop on the blues pub crawl but they have booked some exciting acts for Blues Fest weekend and there is a free bus from Monroe Street to the club that picks up on the hour from 7 p m until 10 p m Friday 6 6 blues legends Jody Williams and Eddie C Campbell perform Saturday 6 7 Eddie C Campbell returns along with Cadillac Zack and Elmore James Jr who celebrates his new CD release A get well soon will go out to the ailing Little Arthur Duncan with a set featuring Taildragger Byther Smith goes on at 12 a m followed by an All Star Jam Session with many special guests including Scott Dirks Eddie Taylor Jr Twist Turner Bob Corritore Dona Oxford Smilin Bobby Jesse Fortune Pee Wee Hayes Jimmy Dawkins and

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  • The Congregation, Record Collection, CD review by Linda Cain
    s roots rock bluesy guitar the smokin engine room of drummer Dan Wendt and bassist Steve Schuster and keyboardists Chuck Sansone and Paul Pinkham Add to that the big bad ass horn section of Nick Nottoli trombone Erik Eiseman sax and Justin Amolsch trumpet and you ve got a band that springs from a mighty pulpit This is a congregation of MVPs each of them contributes heartily to create songs with style and substance While Record Collection stands as an homage to the glorious past The Congregation s well crafted songs with universal themes terrific horn arrangements danceable beats and sing along melodies present a dynamic hip contemporary sound Comparisons to Sharon Jones and the Dap Kings Alabama Shakes and the late Amy Winehouse come easily Gina possesses the riveting voice of a classic soul singer just the right mix of grit sass and tenderness who can truly inhabit a song On Gonna Get You Back she pleads for a lover to return over an insistent stompin beat as she sings a gutsy call and response with the mighty horns By the end her determined voice lets you know that she will succeed Love Letter is straight out of the Otis Redding songbook complete with a bouncy Donald Duck Dunn bass line from Schuster and swirling Booker T Jones organ by Pinkham Pure Memphis magic Wayne s guitar tears it up on Better Days as he stomps on the wah wah pedal for some good n greasy garage rock solos Again Ms Bloom s protagonist implores her man not to leave promising there will be better days as the horns soar along with her voice The slow burnin ballad They Will Fall will get you singing along on this powerful melodic message of hope delivered with conviction by the soulful

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  • Zora Young & Little Mike and the Tornadoes, Friday Night, ELROB Records, blues CD review by Liz Mandeville
    90s and has toured extensively in Europe especially in France Her vocal style is reminiscent of the classic blues singers like Ma Rainey and Bessie Smith who didn t growl or force the voice but played their instrument like a saxophone the voice moving smoothly up and down the scale letting emotion color the tone in a slow steady wail The effect is soothing approachable and very appealing yet loaded with passion Zora s previous two CDs were produced by Chris Dussuchaud with her French musical partner Bobby Dirninger and his very able band from Limoges France It was a logical choice to record with the guys with whom she d mounted more than 20 tours over as many years Those were very eclectic discs showcasing Zora s ability to tackle blues soul and gospel folk and pop music bringing her swooping lyrical style and folksy ad libs to all those forms Friday Night however is all blues and wow does it sound good Little Mike Markowitz produced this CD and wrote four of the tunes His harp playing judiciously peppered throughout the album is fat and juicy and the songs he wrote for Zora sound like classics His bandmates are also wonderful particularly guitarist Tony O Melio who has a consistently appealing bell like tone reminiscent of Hubert Sumlin His guitar riffs complement what Mike is playing like a conversation neither man playing a note too many I would be remiss if I didn t mention Jim McKaba whose piano prowess makes me think of Otis Spann or Sunnyland Slim It s McKaba pounding the ivory that gives their cover of the Howlin Wolf classic 44 Blues its solid groove The tunes that round out the recording are chestnuts from the likes of Lucille Otis Spann Country Girl Spann

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  • Chris James & Patrick Rynn, Trouble Don't Last, VizzTone Record Group, blues CD review by Mark Thompson
    out They hooked up with Bob Corritore the internationally known harp player originally from Chicago who had settled in the Phoenix area James and Rynn toured with Corritore s band the Rhythm Room All Stars named after the fine blues club the harp player runs in Phoenix The duo also recorded three exceptional albums for Michael Frank s Earwig Records label with backing by Lay and Willie Hayes on drums David Maxwell Henry Gray and Aaron Moore on piano plus appearances by legends Eddie Shaw on sax and guitarist Jody Williams a truly stellar cast Their latest release marks several changes switching to the VizzTone label and dropping the piano from the mix in favor of two harp players Rob Stone and Aki Kumar Veteran June Core is on drums with Rynn concentrating on electric bass James handles all of the guitar and vocal parts One unique aspect of the release is three tracks that feature both harmonica players Lonesome Whistle Blues is a swinging shuffle with familiar themes of tears good love gone bad and plenty of hardy harp blowing with Kumar taking the lead The instrumental Steady Goin On pays homage to Myers with a twisting guitar segment from James sandwiched between full tone excursions from both harps Core lays down a rolling beat on the closing number Roll Stumble And Slip Sunnyland Slim s reworking of Rollin Tumblin The band turns in a fierce performance sparked by an anguished vocal from the guitarist Other highlights include the rousing original Shameless which opens the disc in fine fashion with James expounding on people who are too full of themselves Going Down To The Ocean is another original the duo wrote with Stone that marks the influence that bluesmen Art and Roman Griswold had on Rynn s development James

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  • Reverend Raven & The Chain Smokin' Altar Boys, Live at The Big Bull, blues CD review
    track Danny Moore on piano and organ are a terrific solid blues ensemble Special guests on the disc are harp players West Side Andy who plays on half the tracks and Benny Rickun who blows harp on the other half Big Al Groth powerhouse tenor sax man makes a cameo on one track As the esteemed leader Rev Raven allows his bandmates plenty of time to shine in the spotlight with virtuosic solos there is no head cuttin here as all the players support each other ensemble style in the tradition of Muddy Waters bands Having cut his blues teeth on the Chicago s South Side in the 70s before serving in the Navy for 15 years and later relocating to Milwaukee the Rev a k a Rik Raven knows firsthand how to play real deal blues and lead a band of skilled players After decades of performing touring recording and preaching the blues around the world the Rev has built up one fine festival act that pays homage to blues traditions and combines it with the excitement of today s jam bands Live at The Big Bull features the band putting its own stylistic touch and take no prisoners approach to classics by Earl Hooker Elmore James Sleepy John Estes Muddy Waters and Bobby Rush Two originals by Indiana s Gerry Hundt former bandmate to Nick Moss now a solo artist in his own right fit right in with these legendary blues artists songs The set kicks off with Earl Hooker s driving instrumental Hot And Heavy led by keyboardist Danny Moore s swirling organ in a nod to Booker T The propulsive rhythm section dares listeners to stay still in their seats for this smokin jam that features tasty solos by The Rev on guitar and West Side

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  • Dave Weld & The Imperial Flames, Slip Into A Dream, Delmark Records, blues CD review by Mark Thompson
    and piano Very special guests include Bobby Rush on harmonica Sax Gordon on saxophones guitarist Greg Guy Buddy s son along with The Heard Horns and The Chicago Horns Opening with the title track the band settles into a tight groove with Guest s organ tones swirling around in the background Weld delivers an emphatic statement on the virtues of love with help from Myhre wrapped around an incisive guitar solo Sweet Rockin Soul is an apt description of the next track that features a duet with the two vocalists over Yaseen s plunking piano licks The funky horn section from The Heard Parris Fleming on trumpet Rajiv Halim on tenor sax and Bryant Smith on trombone bolster the driving sound on Take Me Back which finds Weld reminiscing about the good old days The band expertly navigates the slower pace on Walk On Down as Myhre bares her soul with considerable force making this track one of the highlights of the disc She is just as tough on her original Louise one of three tracks that feature Sax Gordon on tenor and baritone saxophones He gives a hearty attempt to blow the house down on that cut then adds some darker accents to the emotionally charged run through of Weld s original Tremble Weld has his guitar spitting out tortured licks at every turn Gordon lends support when drummer Taylor gets a chance to showcase his smooth soulful voice on Dorothy Mae a song he composed May Be Right May Be Wrong has a rollicking tempo complete with a strong vocal from Weld as well as another dose of his rowdy guitar playing The legendary Bobby Rush plays harmonica on two cuts Lookin For A Man is Myhre s raucous entreaty for a man worth keeping around On Hutto

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