The Chicago Blues Allstars are made up of some of the best blues musicians in Chicago. W.C. Handy Award winner “Killer” Ray Allison takes on the guitar. Allison is a Chicago blues staple who played with Muddy Waters, James Cotton and more. Scott Dirks plays harmonica and vocals. Dirks wrote what many consider to be the quintessential biography on Little Walter, and produced albums for Lurrie Bell. W.C. Handy award winner and Chicago Blues powerhouse Deitra Farr, who many consider one of the city’s top vocalists. Johnny B. Gayden holds the bass and vocals, one of the top bass players around, who played bass on the legendary album Showdown, with Albert Collins, Robert Cray, and Johnny Copeland. The fabled “Mad Hatter”, Roosevelt Purifoy, lays brilliant piano work. Finally, Dr. Dan Ivankovich, the giant of a Chicago bluesman, both literal and figurative, who’s played with Bo Diddley, Otis Rush, Stevie and Jimmie Vaughan, Buddy Guy, and many more. The American Blues Scene recently covered Dr Dan’s larger than life medical accomplishments.
The Chicago Blues Allstars have been making waves and winning hearts with their powerhouse sound for some time now, and will be releasing a much-anticipated album this spring.