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Chicago Blues:
A Living History
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A Living History
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Lurrie Bell
Born December 13, 1958, Lurrie Bell was raised in a Chicago household naturally steeped in the blues. All manner of blues greats would regularly drop by to rehearse with his father, legendary harmonica master Carey Bell: guitarists Eddie Taylor, Eddie C. Campbell, Jimmy Dawkins, and Eddy Clearwater (Bell’s cousin), harmonica legends like Big Walter Horton, and equally storied keyboardists Sunnyland Slim and Muddy Waters sideman Lovie Lee, whom Bell came to regard as his “spiritual grandfather.” So it was that at a very young age, Bell taught himself guitar and began playing along during rehearsals. At 15, he formed his first band. In 1977, Bell was a founding member of the Sons of Blues with Freddie Dixon (son of Willie) and Billy Branch. Bell also made his first appearance in the recording studio that year with his father on Carey Bell’s Delmark album Heartaches and Pains. At 20, Bell joined the band of Chicago’s acknowledged Queen of the Blues, Koko Taylor, and stayed for several years, honing his chops and learning the ropes of being a traveling musician. The Boston Phoenix declared the firebrand Chicago-blues guitar-slinger “the most talented blues guitarist of his generation”. Lurrie has contributed to over 50 albums including numerous solo efforts, duets with father Carey and an extensive list of guest appearances.