Sunnyland Slim & Chuck (Chicago Blues Fe
S.P. Leary & Chuck & Sam Lay Blue Chicag
  The great George Bedard in action!                Sunnyland Slim and Barrelhouse Chuck                    S.P. Leary, Barrelhouse Chuck, Sam Lay
 One of the most versatile and                             Chicago Blues Festival (photo by Neil Raabe)         Chicago Blues royalty!
  talented guitarist in roots music!                      An incredible moment in music history!                      (Courtesy of Charles Goering                                                                                             

 Joe Duskin....Neil and I got to see him at Perry Aberli's Midwest Blues Fest (70's) and New Orleans (90's)!

 O.V Wright- the "man with a tear in his voice" a true talent out of Memphis who died too soon! 

The 1979 LP by Roomful of Blues "Let's Have A Party" was a high mark in roots music history, a truly amazing band at the height of their power!

 James "Yank" Rachel- his amazing career spanned from the 1920's into the late 1980's. He had a unique style on mandolin and guitar and wrote the classic "She Caught The Katy"!

The great pianist/vocalist Charles

Brown with a special fan! Charles had some great recordings on the Aladdin

label! (courtesy of Carla Zochowski)

 Alabama born James Harman in a   1980's publicity shot. A true   original, he sings, plays, and writes   with a flair that's all his ownl!   (Courtesy James Harman)


Harmonica royalty, California legends

L to R Rick Estrin, Charlie Musselwhite,

James Harman, and Indianapolis master Al Sratnyer, who was long time member of Yank Rachell's band!

This was taken at Yank Rachell's final recording session, Yank was joined by Allen Stratnyer (on left) on harmonicas, and Pat Webb (right) on guitars. The album "Too Hot For The Devil" was a spirited event, with many fine moments. Great that Yank was recorded one last time with two old friends!


The very historic Midway Tavern in Mishawaka Indiana, it has hosted innumerable blues greats! Sadly, long time owner/operator Albertina Wassenhove passed away recently, but the venue will continue to host live music now that COVID has abated!


Foremost fingerpicker, singer and song writer, Aurthur "Blind" Blake was an immense talent look- for Fall 2021 Episode to showcase his brilliance!

A later, larger Roomful of Blues  Back row L to R: Preston Hubbard- bass, Bob Enos- trumpet, Doug James- baritone  and tenor sax. Front row: John Rossi- drums, Rich Lataille- alto sax. Al Copley- piano, Porky Cohen- trombone, Ronnie Earl -guitar, Greg Piccolo- tenor sax and vocals, an unforgettable live show experience!