Chicago, IL, April 8, 2011. Raisin’ Music is proud to announce that Chicago Blues: A Living History; The (R)evolution Continues will be available in the US on Tuesday, June 7, 2011 via RED Distribution. This deluxe, two CD set follows the award-winning/Grammy-nominated Chicago Blues: A Living History (2009).
The first album was an unprecedented collaboration between Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Lurrie Bell and Carlos Johnson, inheritors all of the Chicago Blues tradition. Chicago Blues: A Living History; The (R)evolution Continues brings these legends, supported once again by The Living History Band, back for a second helping of soul-stirring Chicago blues and features very special guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Magic Slim, Ronnie Baker Brooks, Mike Avery and Zora Young.
Produced by Raisin’ Music’s Larry Skoller and recorded by Blaise Barton at Chicago’s JoyRide Studios, Chicago Blues: A Living History; The (R)evolution Continues covers the early piano-driven Chicago Blues of the 1940s through to the classic electric-guitar-and-harmonica-driven period of the 1950s. This period laid the foundation for the British Invasion and continues to inform rock and pop music as we know it today.
Chicago Blues: A Living History; The (R)evolution Continues is packaged in an eight panel Digipak designed by Larry Kazal, and includes a 32-page booklet with detailed liner notes and intimate photography by Paul Natkin and Brad Meese. Track highlights include a Billy Boy Arnold led cover of the Lonnie Johnson classic “He’s a Jelly Roll Baker,” John Primer’s take on the Muddy Waters’-penned “Canary Bird,” James Cotton’s powerful harmonica on seminal rock n’ roll cut “Rocket 88” and Buddy Guy’s soulful vocal and trademark guitar on Eurreal Montgomery’s “First Time I Met the Blues.”
Chicago Blues: A Living History is already recognized as the greatest tribute of our time to the Chicago Blues. With this new release, the group solidifies their place in the history of the music and builds on the tribute and its goal to keep the blues alive and well.