In an unprecedented collaboration, the legendary Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch and Lurrie Bell–inheritors of the Chicago Blues tradition—joined forces early in 2009 to celebrate and pay tribute to the evolution of Chicago Blues. In April of the same year, this super-group released Chicago Blues: A Living History (on the indie label Raisin’ Music) to overwhelmingly positive reviews. During the following summer, the group toured Europe, playing to packed venues at fifteen major music festivals in seven countries.
The 2-disc, 21-track double CD pays tribute to the genre’s creators, its rich history and current practitioners and is accompanied by a 36-page booklet with extensive liner notes and a handsome 8-panel Digipak designed by Larry Kazal. The group was nominated for a 2010 Grammy Award.
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