Daily Southtown: “Bluesman John Primer returns to play Beverly Arts Center”

“The sound and style of Chicago blues was built by artists such as singer and guitarist John Primer, who migrated to Chicago in 1963 at the age of 18.

Primer and the Real Deal Blues Band perform July 14 at Beverly Arts Center’s Baffes Theatre Mainstage near his former home in Chicago’s Morgan Park community.

His 2017 releases included “Ain’t Nothing You Can Do,” a collaboration with blues harmonica player Bob Corritore released in April, and “Chicago Plays the Stones,” an all-star album released in May and featuring Primer on “Let It Bleed” and “Angie.”

Read the full story in the Chicago Tribune‘s Daily Southtown.

WGN Radio: “Highway to ‘Blues Heaven’: Preserving and promoting the past and future of Chicago’s musical legacy”

“…Co-founders Bill Selonick and John Boncimino, of the upcoming Chicago Blues Experience Museum, slated for a downtown location at 25 E. Washington, talk about their five-plus year long process of creating an immersive music museum to explore the music and its link to the city; Jackie Dixon, President of Willie Dixon’s Blues Heaven Foundation (and Willie’s daughter) shares some of her plans on future of the foundations headquarters at the Chess Records building (2120 S. Michigan Ave) and the goal of having both locations be active, living incubators of music and ideas to not only preserve the city’s musical heritage, but push it forward; Joe Morganfield shares a pair of live tunes and talks about his memories of his father Muddy Waters and the state of Muddy’s first Chicago house on S. Lake Park, and more.”

Listen to the full radio conversation.

APP: “Legendary guitarist Buddy Guy back in Red Bank”

“Guy, who will return Wednesday to the Asbury Park Press Stage at the Count Basie Theatre in Red Bank, is routinely near the top of Rolling Stone magazine’s ‘100 Greatest Guitarists of All Time’ list and his pal and fellow guitar hero Eric Clapton believes that Guy is the greatest living guitarist…”

[Mick] Jagger—who recently recorded a version of ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ with Guy for a Chicago Blues Experience album—and [Keith] Richards are huge fans.”

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uDiscoverMusic.com: “Mick Jagger & Buddy Guy Together On New Rolling Stones Cover”

“Mick Jagger makes a guest appearance on a new version of the Rolling Stones’ ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker),’ from their 1973 album Goats Head Soup, by blues giant and longtime Stones ally Buddy Guy.

The new rendition is on an exclusive CD called Chicago Plays the Stones, which features Chicago blues musicians covering 12 Rolling Stones songs. It’s a collaboration between Grammy-nominated producer Larry Skoller’s Raisin’ Music Records and Chicago Blues Experience, which is scheduled to open in the city in 2019.”

Read the full story here.

For updates on this project, like the Chicago Plays the Stones Facebook page.

To learn more about this tribute album and purchase the CD and/or audio download today, visit http://chicagoplaysthestones.com/.

Crain’s: “Mick Jagger backs Buddy Guy on new Chicago blues museum record”

Chicago Plays the Stones features Chicago blues musicians covering a dozen Rolling Stones songs…One highlight is a rendition of ‘Doo Doo Doo Doo Doo (Heartbreaker)’ sung by Buddy Guy and Mick Jagger.”

Read the full story here.

To stay in the loop, be sure to like the Chicago Plays the Stones Facebook page.

To purchase and learn more about the album, visit http://chicagoplaysthestones.com/.

DNAinfo: “Chicago Blues Museum To Open In 2019 Downtown”

As reported by DNAinfo Chicago: “THE LOOP — Chicago’s about to get its own house of blues.

The Chicago Blues Experience, a museum dedicated to the electric rock ‘n’ roll predecessor born here, is slated to open in 2019 in the Loop. The museum is expected to sign a lease Monday for its future 50,000-square-foot home at 25 E. Washington St., said Sona Wang, a venture capitalist behind the endeavor.”

Complete story here.

Crain’s: “Chicago can’t afford to squander its blues music legacy”

“[T]o think of Chicago blues as merely a historic legacy is to overlook its worldwide following in the here and now—and to miss out on a tourism and economic development opportunity that’s pumping hundreds of millions​ of dollars into other cities smart enough to leverage their own contributions to this all-American art form,” writes the Crain’s editorial board.

Read the full story here.