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.
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’