(2009 'Delmark') (70:53/15) Ein gelungener Versuch, die rohen, teils primitive elektrischen Sounds der Straßenmusiker vom Maxwell Street Market im Chicago der 50er und 60er Jahren wiederzubeleben. Drei der erfahrensten Chicagoer Musiker wecken mit neuen Songs Erinnerungen an längst vergangene Zeiten, als Muddy, the Wolf oder Elmore James in den verräucherten Clubs der Southside spielten. Ein klasse Album ohne jeden Anflug von Romantik oder Nostalgie
Studebaker John Co-Producer, Vocals, Slide Guitar, Harp John is an internationally-renowned bluesman whose life in the Blues was inspired by his early experience at the Maxwell Street Market and nearby clubs. He established a loyal fan base while leading his band, the Hawks, and releasing albums on the Blind Pig, Evidence, St. George, Parsifal and Avanti record labels. A prolific songwriter, his compositions have been covered by many other artists, and his recordings have appeared in films and on television.
Rick Kreher Co-Producer, Guitar, Backing Vocals Rick has been on the Chicago Blues scene for many years. Some of his earliest memories are of visits to the legendary Maxwell Street Market on early Sunday mornings. Rick has played and recorded with many of the city's blues legends including a lengthy stint as the last guitar player in the great Muddy Waters Blues Band. Recently he has put his efforts into helping the few remaining Chicago blues greats with recording and tour dates.
Steve Cushing Drums Steve is possibly the only Chicago drummer left who naturally plays in the style of the early blues giants. His feel for the music developed during years of playing behind blues greats such as Big Smokey Smothers, Magic Slim, Billy Boy Arnold and countless others. Steve is also the host of the long running National Public Radio show, 'Blues Before Sunrise'.
Mike Konopka Co-Producer/Engineer Mike has been a journeyman recording engineer and producer in Chicago for over 30 years. His recent clients include Derek Trucks, North Mississippi All-stars, Wilco and Ray Davies of the Kinks.