The Chicago Blues Festival is coming up in less than a month. One of the most popular festivals in the world, this year's event will be filled with larger than life blues on five stages.
34 years ago today, Elvis Presley passed away at merely 42. He was, in effect, the country's first great rock star. But before that, he was a young man from the Mississippi Delta that just wanted to play blues.
Promoter Kenn Moutenot of Saloon Studios Live is laying claim to what will be Woodstock South, with the greatest number of original Woodstock artists of any festival.
How did this fabulous effect that gives a musician the sound of a giant concert hall become available even when crammed into an enclosure of plywood, wires and knobs no bigger than a lunchbox?
"West of Flushing South of Frisco" is a keeper. This is definitely one to check out soon. Turn the sound up, and jump in with both feet. It's everything blues rock should be.
The Big Payback, due out tomorrow through Blind Pig, is a full helping of horn-driven funk, soul and blues.