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Terry Callier From 1998 and 2000 On This Week’s Anesthetic

Terry Callier (May 24, 1945 – October 27, 2012) sang in the same voice Neil Young said of Bruce Berry; as real as the day was long. Coming out of the same ‘hood as Curtis […]


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From Sun Records To Katy Perry, ‘True Blood’ Shows Musical Variety

This week’s episode of HBO’s True Blood covered a wide array of music, including classic blues from Chess Records (John Lee Hooker), early rock and roll from Sun Records (Carl Perkins) and a somewhat more recent pop star (Katy Perry).



Free MP3 Of The Day: George Thorogood & The Destroyers, “Going Back”

Our friends at recently relaunched their site, and to celebrate we’re helping them give away some fantastic songs for free! Today, we’re featuring George Thorogood & The Destroyers‘s new single “Going Back.” Blues disciples [lastfm […]


Tom Petty and Chess

[pullquote quote=”If someone had taken our photo before the interview, it would have been formal and serious. I think you can tell by this photo that the picture was taken AFTER the interview.” credit=”Terri Hemmert”]Yesterday […]


2120 South Michigan Avenue

2120 S. Michigan is a legendary address here in the great city of Chicago. It was home of Chess Records, one of those great independent record labels of the 1950′ and 60’s that changed music […]


Etta James: Gravely Ill

[lastfm]Etta James[/lastfm] is gravely ill. She is 72 years old and undergoing treatment for leukemia. There is also a diagnosis for dementia. Her family is now in a legal battle over power of attorney. Doesn’t […]


The Brown Eyed Handsome Man, Chuck Berry, Is 84!

[pullquote quote=”If you tried to give rock and roll another name, you might call it ‘Chuck Berry.’” credit=”John Lennon”]One of the most important persons in the history of rock and roll is celebrating his birthday […]


A Spoonful Of Wolf

Hats off to the Chicago Blues Festival for paying tribute to Howlin’ Wolf on the 100th anniversary of his birth. One of the greats from the Chess label here in Chicago, Chester Arthur Burnett was […]