By Karen Hanson; Lake Claremont Press; $15.95
The city of Chicago is known worldwide for many things — its skyline, its pro sports teams, its wide variety of ethnic restaurants and neighborhoods, and its blues music.
Today’s Chicago Blues is a well-researched guide to the who, what, when and where of the Windy City’s brand of blues, past and present. The musicians (from Big Bill Broonzy to Ronnie and Wayne Brooks), the clubs (from The Checkerboard Lounge to Buddy Guy’s Legends), the record labels (from Chess to Alligator Records), the radio programs and the festivals (an entire chapter is devoted to the annual Chicago Blues Festival), everything that has made Chicago blues an international phenomenon can be found in this book.
Whether you are a true blues aficionado, or someone just learning to appreciate the genre, Today’s Chicago Blues is a very informative book that will be a smart addition to your summer reading plans.