As the title of his acclaimed Atlantic Records CD suggests, Grammy/Handy Award nominee John Primer is The Real Deal. At age eight, John borrowed his first guitar and started to strum. Inspiration came from a family steeped in spiritual, gospel and R&B tradition. As a young boy, John first appeared on stage at the local Baptist church and went on to play at house parties and fish fries in and around his hometown of Camden, Mississippi. In 1963, at age 18, John moved to Chicago. He quickly found work in an era when modern electric blues and West Side and South Side sounds were first taking shape. In 1974, he joined the house band at the world famous Theresa’s Lounge on the city’s South Side. Over the next five years, John would play with such blues originators as Sammy Lawhorn, Junior Wells, Buddy Guy, Smokey Smothers, Lonnie Brooks and a host of others sculpting the sound of Chicago blues. In 1979, master songwriter/bassist Willie Dixon persuaded him to join his band the Chicago All-Stars. Traveling the U.S., Mexico and Europe, John honed his skills as a rhythm guitarist, lead slide player and powerful singer. Muddy Waters recruited John not only as his guitar player, but also as an opening act. John stayed loyal to Muddy until his death in 1983. After Muddy’s death, John signed on with the legendary Magic Slim. For the next 14 years, he toured with Magic Slim & the Teardrops. In 1995 the veteran bluesman released his solo debut The Real Deal. Since that time he’s released 10 albums and toured extensively. A master storyteller and songwriter, his catalog of songs is endless. With his strong traditionalist blues phrasing and lightning-fast slide techniques, few artists can match him.