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Top Chicago Blues releases of 2013

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Sometimes being a fan of a musical artist or group can be difficult to keep up with. In Chicago there are so many fine blues talents, your head would spin like Linda Blair trying to keep up with all of them. To help with that issue, here is a list of Chicago blues albums that came out in 2013. Some went under the radar while others did really well. Some were collaborations, some featured fine guest appearances and others introduced new talents. All the artists are primarily from or are based in the Chicagoland area.

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All are worthy of a listen. Fans may not like them all. Some fans may prefer the more traditional Delta sound. Others may like a more rocking blues. Still others like that electric Chicago blues. Everyone has their own preference. No two people like the same thing.

This is not a review of the releases. The writer of this article is a fan and not a critic. The goal is to get the word out. So here is the list. Give them a listen.

Buddy Guy – Rhythm and Blues

James Cotton – Cotton Mouth Man

Toronzo Cannon – John the Conquer Root

Mike Wheeler – Self Made Man

Lurrie Bell – Blues In My Soul

Planetary Blues – Once Upon a Time in the South Loop

Mississippi Heat – Delta Bound

Melvin Taylor – Taylor Made

Tail Dragger – Stop Lyin’

Studebaker John’s Maxwell Street Kings – Kingsville Jukin’

Shawn Holt and the Teardrops – Daddy Told Me

John Primer – Knockin’ Around These Blues

The Kinsey Report – Standing (I’ll Be) EP

Barrelhouse Chuck & Kim Wilson – Driftin’ From Town to Town

Cash Box Kings – Black Toppin’


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