A random trip through Chicago blues history
by Paul Petraitis
They Call Me Muddy Waters
McKinley Morganfield didn’t want nothing to do with farm work and knew some day he would be a full-time musician. Lucky for all of us, he was absolutely right.
Remembering Big John’s, Pt. 2
The bands that regularly played at this small Old Town club are the ones that defined what the world calls classic Chicago blues.
Big John’s: The First Modern Blues Club?
When you go to a traditional Chicago blues club today, you walk in, order a beverage, sit down in a racially mixed crowd and enjoy the show from a band that often also is racially mixed. That never happened back in 1962…until Big John’s came along.
The Legendary Chess Records
You can’t talk about blues in Chicago without talking about Chess Records. Len and Phil Chess (two Polish immigrants who used to work at daddy’s junkyard) got their feet wet in the record business as part of Aristocrat Records.
Paul Petraitis, who performs regularly with Low-reen and the Maxwell St. Market Blues Band and knows a lot about the history of Chicago blues, will educate you as often as I let him. Stay tuned.