As usual, there’s more good blues than you have time to take in this weekend in Chicago, but I’ve got to tell you about one pretty special show.
[lastfm link_type="artist_info"]Eddie C. Campbell[/lastfm] first began playing the blues in Chicago after moving here from Mississippi around 1950 when he was ten years old. As a young man he was part of the so-called West Side Blues of Chicago hanging around with other players like Luther Allison and Magic Sam. He recorded his first full album in the late seventies for Chicago’s Rooster Blues records, the album, King of the Jungle, which included the holiday blues favorite, “Santa’s Messin’ with the Kid.” After moving to Europe in the mid-eighties, he returned in the mid-nineties and began recording on domestic labels again and performing more locally.
He is just now releasing a new album on Chicago’s famed Delmark Records. Spider Eating Preacher includes guest guitarist Lurrie Bell and was produced by one of our town’s best, Dick Shurman (Muddy Waters, Johnny Winter, Magic Slim, etc.)
Eddie has his album release party this Saturday night at Buddy Guy’s Legends. It will be fun night with some really good blues. If You’re downtown for the Bonnie Raitt XRT Show at the Chicago Theater, come by afterwards. And if you’re at Buddy’s for the Gregg Allman book signing earlier that evening, stick around.