Barrelhouse Chuck, Keeper of the Blues Flame
A few months earlier, Chuck recorded and released his latest CD, “Remembering the Masters.”
And yet throughout this year of accomplishment, Barrelhouse Chuck has been fighting stage 4 cancer.
We bring you a profile of the longtime Chicago bluesman who came to town as a young man in the ‘70s and befriended and learned from some of the masters of Chicago blues, including Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Blind John Davis, Pinetop Perkins, Detroit Junior and Erwin Helfer. Today, Barrelhouse Chuck is a master himself.
Barrelhouse Chuck’s friends and fans are raising money to help defray his medical expenses.
June 8: The Chicago Blues Festival kicks off Friday with a tribute to Alligator Records. Founder Bruce Iglauer and musician Toronzo Cannon reflect on the significance of the music they love.
May 25: The legendary owner of a storied Chicago record store is back in business after a very brief retirement.
March 1: Toronzo Cannon is just your typical CTA bus driver who moonlights as a sought-after Chicago blues musician. As a guitarist, singer and songwriter, he drives the sound of Chicago blues from the city to blues clubs and festivals around the world.