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Chicago Blues:
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BILLY FLYNN, guitar
Billy Flynn is recognized as one of the most accomplished blues guitar stylists on the world’s blues scene today. Billy has been the leader of his own group for over 30 years and has recorded nine albums under his own name. His mastery of many blues styles has made him one of the most sought-after sidemen and session players in the blues, having recording countless records with artists such as Otis Rush, Jimmy Dawkins, Snooky Pryor, Luther Allison, Mighty Joe Young, John Brim, Willie Kent, Kim Wilson, Jody Williams and many others.



MATTHEW SKOLLER, harmonica
One of the hardest working harmonica players in the Windy City, Matthew Skoller is at the forefront of a new generation who have come up schooled in Chicago’s highly competitive blues scene. Skoller has been a bandleader for over 20 years, touring constantly both nationally and internationally. He has released four albums under his own name. He has also been in demand as a session harmonica player, having recorded with John Primer, Koko Taylor, Larry Garner, Michael Coleman, Big Daddy Kinsey, Deitra Farr, Big Time Sarah, Bernard Allison and many more.



JOHNNY IGUANA, keyboards
Johnny Iguana is one of the most accomplished blues piano players in Chicago today. Raised in Philadelphia (where he led his own bands since he was a teenager) before moving to New York City, Johnny was hired by Junior Wells at age 23 and recorded and toured the world with him for three years. In addition to touring with Otis Rush, Johnny (who now lives in Chicago) has performed or recorded with Buddy Guy, Koko Taylor, Carey Bell, Lil’ Ed, Dave Myers, Byther Smith, Otis Clay, Lonnie and Ronnie Brooks, Sugar Blue and many more.



FELTON CREWS, bass
Chicago has nurtured many great musicians, and at the top of that list is bassist Felton L. Crews. Few bass players have the touring and recording experience of this Chicago native. Whether it be in jazz, blues or R&B, Felton has recorded and toured with the world’s most respected artists. Most notably, Felton was asked by Miles Davis to join his group. Felton performed on the Man With a Horn album and toured with Miles for over two years. While working with Miles, he also recorded with Ramsey Lewis, Robert Irving, the Dells and others. He also found the time to tour with top blues and soul artists such as Otis Rush, Otis Clay, Junior Wells, Son Seals, Billy Branch, Charlie Musselwhite and many others.



KENNY “BEEDY-EYES” SMITH, drums
Kenny “Beedy-Eyes’’ Smith is widely considered the top traditional Chicago-blues drummer on the scene today. Son of legendary ex-Muddy Waters drum man Willie “Big Eyes’’ Smith, Kenny is currently the most sought-after Chicago-blues sideman and session drummer in Chicago. Some of his recording credits—over 50 albums—and touring engagements include Pinetop Perkins, Homesick James, Honeyboy Edwards, Henry Townsend, Jody Williams, Big Jack Johnson, Aaron Burton, Lurrie Bell, Dave Myers, Kim Wilson, Paul deLay, Junior Wells, the Legendary Blues Band and many others.
Billy Flynn
Matthew Skoller
Johnny Iguana
Felton Crews
Kenny "Beady-Eyes" Smith