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Chicago Blues

The State of the Blues in 2011

Through the many devastating losses in 2011, the blues has remained vigilant, powerful, and displayed an unbridled power to stay, grow, and thrive through adversity.

Etta James Close to Death

More sad news for blues and music fans this year. The manager of longstanding musical icon Etta James has stated today that the soul and blues singer is terminally ill with late-stage leukemia.

Buddy Guy Tears the Roof off of the Ridgefield Playhouse — with Some Help

They say that 40 is the new 30, but when it comes to Buddy Guy, 75 is the new 25.
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Blues Foundation Announces 2012 Blues Music Award Nominees

This year's 2012 Blues Music Awards nominations have just been announced!! The complete list of nominees is below. Here's a partial excerpt from The Blues Foundation: The 33rd Blues Music Awards will be Thursday May 10,...

The Rolling Stones Pay For Hubert Sumlin's Burial

The Rolling Stones' Mick Jagger and Keith Richards have insisted on covering the full expense of pioneering bluesman Hubert Sumlin's burial.
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Freddy King inducted into the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Thirty six years after his untimely and tragic passing at 42, blues master and rock n' roll pioneer Freddy King will take his rightful place in the Rock n' Roll Hall of Fame

Donate to help bury Hubert Sumlin

We've just received word that blues Hall of Famer Hubert Sumlin, like so many of his peers, died without the financial wherewithal to take care of his own funeral and burial expenses.
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Video: Howlin' Wolf Plays Smokestack Lightning Live

Today's video comes from Howlin' Wolf, playing Smokestack Lightnin' to a ravenous crowd in England in 1964. [youtube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=A1FK620bS7A]

Hubert Sumlin Passes Away

Hubert Sumlin, the long celebrated and legendary blues guitar master who played scorching guitar for Howlin' Wolf and Muddy Waters during the Chicago Blues heyday, has reportedly passed away.

Chicago camp teaches kids Blues 101

A great recent article in the Chicago Tribune covers a blues class, created by Columbia College in Chicago, that is geared towards teaching children music. Below is the news segment covering the event. It's...
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