There will be a benefit at Rosa’s Lounge in Chicago for West Side blues guitar great Eddie C. Campbell on Sunday Feb. 17, 2013. The benefit is to raise money to bring Eddie back from Germany. While performing there, Eddie suffered a stroke and heart attack.
Eddie is paralyzed on his right side. Eddie’s recovery depends on him receiving the proper medical attention which includes neuro/physical therapy. Eddie has no insurance in Germany. His condition may require him to fly commercially with a medical escort or in an air ambulance. The costs will be staggering.
Rosa’s Lounge is located at 3420 W. Armitage Ave. Phone number is (773) 342-0452. Doors open at 5:00 p.m. Cost is $25.00. Show time is 6:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m.
Rosa’s has generously donated the venue. There is a spectacular lineup. Organizers have volunteered their help, musicians have donated their time. All that is needed is you.
The lineup includes Eddie ‘The Chief’ Clearwater, Sugar Blue, Eddie Shaw, Lurrie Bell, Billy Boy Arnold, Jimmy Johnson, Sharon Lewis, Mathew Skoller, Deitra Farr, Bob Stroger, Zora Young, Rico McFarland and Scott Dirks.
Barbara Mayson Campbell is Eddie’s wife. She has also setup a PayPal account to accept donations at the following link. Click here.
Eddie was touring in Europe on the strength of his fine 2012 Delmark Records release ‘Spider Eating Preacher’. Eddie is originally from Duncan Mississippi. He moved to Chicago when he was ten. At twelve he had already jammed with Muddy Waters. He was taught by and played with Muddy, Otis Rush and Magic Sam. He was a sideman for Howlin’ Wolf, Jimmy Reed and Little Walter. Willie Dixon hired him to play with the Chicago Blues All-Stars. Eddie left Chicago in 1984 and lived in the Netherlands and Germany where he worked for a decade, returning to Chicago in the 1990s. Eddie’s first release was ‘King of the Jungle’, released in 1977. Below is a complete list of his catalog.
King of the Jungle (Mr. Blues, 1977; reissued by Rooster Blues)
Let’s Pick It! (Black Magic Records, 1984: reissued by Evidence Records)
The Baddest Cat on the Block (JSP Records, 1985)
Mind Trouble (Double Trouble, 1988)
That’s When I Know (Blind Pig Records, 1994)
Hopes and Dreams (Rooster Blues, 1997)
Gonna Be Alright (Icehouse Records, 1999)
Tear This World Up (Delmark Records, 2009)
Spider Eating Preacher (Delmark Records, 2012)