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BILLY BRANCH & THE SONS OF BLUES FEAT. LURRIE BELL & JIMMY JOHNSON

Billy Branch, harmonica
Lurrie Bell, guitar

Billy Branch, hca & voc
Lurrie Bell, g & voc
Jimmy Johnson, g & voc
Ariyo, keyb & voc
Dan Coscarelly, g & voc
Marvin Little, b & voc
Andrew Thomas, dr

Billy Branch isn't from the South. Billy was born in Chicago in 1951 and was raised in Los Angeles. He first picked up a harmonica at the age of ten and at around 18, Billy returned to Chicago and was introduced to the Blues. He learned from such stalwart harmonica players like Big Walter Horton, James Cotton, Junior Wells and Carey Bell. He made his first recording for “Barrelhouse Records” and began to work as harp player in “Willie Dixon's Chicago Blues All-Stars”. During this time, Billy formed the “Sons Of Blues” (S.O.B.s) featuring musicians who where the sons of famous blues artists. The original “S.O.B.s” consisted of Billy, Lurrie Bell, Freddie Dixon and Garland Whiteside. They recorded for Alligator Record's Grammy-nominated “Living Chicago Blues” sessions, and Billy has been a regular studio player appearing on over fifty albums. Billy has recorded and/or performed with Blues legends including: Muddy Waters, Big Walter Horton, Son Seals, Lonnie Brooks, Koko Taylor, Johnny Winter, Albert King, Carey Bell, Junior Wells and James Cotton.

Born December 13, 1958, the son of famed Chicago blues harmonica master Carey Bell, Lurrie Bell was raised in a Chicago household naturally steeped in the blues. All manner of blues greats would regularly drop by to rehearse: Eddie Taylor, Eddie C. Campbell, Jimmy Dawkins, Eddy Clearwater, Big Walter Horton, Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters sideman Lovie Lee. In 1977 at the age of 17, Bell was a founding member of “The Sons of Blues” with fellow Chicago blues scions Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch (son of Ben). At 20, Bell joined the band of Chicago‘s acknowledged Queen of the Blues Koko Taylor and stayed for several years. “Let’s Talk About Love” was his most accomplished, deeply heartfelt album yet. Bell‘s recorded output has been prodigious: he has contributed to well over 50 albums, and an extensive list of guest appearances. Lurrie is a blues master at a needed time when there are very few blues masters left.

Chicago guitarist Jimmy Johnson established himself as one of the Windy City's premier blues artists with a twisting, unpredictable guitar style and a soaring, soul-dripping vocal delivery that stand out from the pack. In 1959, he started gigging with harpist Slim Willis. During the 1960s, Jimmy led polished R&B bands behind Otis Clay, Denise LaSalle, and Garland Green, but  found his way back to the blues in 1974 as Jimmy Dawkins’ rhythm guitarist. He toured Japan behind Otis Rush in 1975. With the 1978 release of four stunning tracks on “Living Chicago Blues”, and the albums “Johnson’s Whacks” (1979), “North/South” (1982) and ”Bar Room Preacher” (1983), Jimmy was propelled into the first rank of Chicago bluesdom. After a tragic car accident in 1988, Jimmy wasn't too interested in furthering his career for a time. But he was back back by the mid-'90s, releasing a string of enthusiastically received records and showing the world that Jimmy Johnson is back indeed – for good!

Concerts

Tue. 17th - Sat. 21st March 2015

1st Concert 7:30 p.m.
(Doors 7:00 p.m.)

2nd concert 10:00 p.m.
(Doors 9:30 p.m.)

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