Chicago is the home of the blues as everyone knows. Part of that reputation comes from those greats that established electric blues like Muddy Waters and Howlin’ Wolf. We certainly remember those who have passed on so much great music, but we have plenty still being made.
Recently this writer created a list of the great guitarists currently playing regularly in the Chicago area. Most of these musicians can be found playing almost nightly. Well one great list of musicians deserves another.
Another list that is a must for blues lovers would have to be the current group of harmonica or harp players. Over the years the harp players have been as important to the Chicago blues identity as the guitarists. Howlin’ Wolf, Little Walter, Junior Wells, Big Walter Horton and Carey Bell are some of the best that left their legacy behind for others to follow.
The list certainly didn’t include everyone and there are a lot of great harp players out there. Go see the names listed, but also go see those working hard to make lists such as this. Click the link below to view the list of Chicago's current top ten harmonica players.