Chicago Blues

The Chicago blues is a perfect example of how far great music can go. From humble beginnings at Chicago’s street corners, today this music form enjoys a global following. It is the Black musicians of Chicago who first came up with this distinctly stylish and urban sound. Thanks to the likes of Muddy Waters, Jimmy Reed, Big Bill Broonzy, Otis Rush, Howlin’ Wolf, Eddie Taylor, Elmore James, Sonny Boy Williamson, Tampa Red, Junior Wells, Little Walter and many more, the nightclub scene of Chicago livened up to the sounds of these legendary musicians. They kept their audiences mesmerized while playing the electrically amplified guitar, bass guitar, piano, drums, at times the harmonica, the saxophone and even the trumpet.
 

Chicago Blues Record Labels

Initially loved by only Black patrons who frequented the Blues clubs, the crowds began to diversify as the magic of Chicago Blues started spreading like wildfire - first all over Chicago, and then across America, Europe and every other part of the world. This also lead to a number of record labels being formed, the most prominent one being Chess Records. Often referred to as “ America’s greatest blues label”, owners and brothers Phil and Leonard Chess did plenty to promote the Chicago blues. Chess Records’ subsidiary organization Checker Records recorded such legendary musicians like Robert Lockwood Jr., Bo Diddley, Sonny Boy Williamson II and J. B. Lenoir. The recording careers of Buddy Guy, Magic Sam and Otis Rush were launched by an independent record label named Cobra Records. Other prominent record companies that promoted the Chicago blues are Demark, Alligator Records and Twinight Records.
 

Chicago Blues Festival

Today blues fans from all over the world eagerly look forward to the month of June every year, for it brings with it the biggest free blues festival of the world – the Chicago Blues Festival. It was first started in the year 1984 by Lois Weisberg, a year after Muddy Waters, “the Father of Chicago blues” had passed away. The who’s who of blues music have performed at this event - B.B. King, Ray Charles, Buddy Guy, Howlin’ Wolf ,Willie Dixon, Bobby Rush, Albert King, Bobby "Blue" Bland, Calvin Jones, Chicago Blues Museum All Stars, Carey Bell, Chuck Berry, Etta James, Eddy Clearwater, Fontella Bass, Henry Townsend, James Cotton, Jimmy Rogers, Johnnie Taylor, Keith Richards, Little Willie Littlefield, Louisiana Red, Memphis Slim, Otis Rush, Magic Slim, and many more. This is Chicago's largest music festivals and those three June days prove year after year that Chicago is indeed the “Blues Capital of the World.


Chicago Blues Further Listening and Reading

 
Those who just cannot do without their daily fix of the blues must definitely have a copy of the Chicago Blues: A Living History, around. This unparalleled Chicago Blues collaboration has won a number of awards and nominations, and comes in a double CD format. A total of 21 tracks are featured on this album, and marveling in the magic known as Chicago blues over the years, is the one-and-only Billy Boy Arnold, along with John Primer, Lurrie Bell and Billy Branch. And for those who would like to learn everything about the Chicago blues and read some fascinating stories, there is this fabulous book called Chicago Blues: The City & The Music, penned by Mike Rowe. Apart from a brilliant account of the city’s music and its musicians, the book is also a treasure trove of rare pictures, guaranteed to thrill all Chicago blues fans.

And it's in the spirit of the Chicago Blues that the Blues Backing Tracks in this section have been created - I hope you enjoy the tracks and remember, this section is growing and if you've any suggestions then please let me know.
 
Johnny
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