Chicago is still the center of the blues, with clubs and musicians attracting fans from around the world. With this guide, readers can discover "blue Chicago" with club reviews, artist biographies, and album recommendations from a longtime local fan. Photos.
Chicago boasts more landmarks in blues history than any place else north of the Mississippi Delta. More blues musicians live and work in Chicago than in any other city in the world, and more clubs devoted entirely to the blues thrive here than in any other metropolitan area. Only in Chicago can you hear live blues music seven days a week, 365 days a year, by musicians who helped create the "Chicago blues sound"-a lusty, amplified style built on shuffling rhythms, electrified slide guitar, wailing harmonica, and gritty vocals. The passion and intimacy of this celebrated American art form draw a half a million or more people to Grant Park each June for the largest free blues festival in the world. Natives and visitors alike know there is no better party music than the rollicking, soulful, swinging tempos and melodies of the blues for drawing you in, getting you moving, and reaching deep into your soul. Today's Chicago Blues brings together everything fans will need to know about the blues in Chicago. A more in-depth look at the city's blues scene than typical guidebooks offer, this up-to-date resource offers both newcomers and longtime devotees a handy and informative way to enrich their experience of this celebrated musical genre. Come on - immerse yourself in the historical and cultural context of this powerful, emotional, sensual music, and see for yourself how Sweet Home Chicago is moving the legacy of the blues forward. Book jacket.