Sweet Home (Away from Home) Chicago: Lurrie Bell at Legends

Today found the BluesPowR Blog venturing a bit further from home than usual to catch some good blues as we made our way to sunny (at least for today - tomorrow may be a different story) Chicago for tomorrow's big Crossroads Guitar Festival. Upon arriving in town, we hopped the L and headed to one of the city's famous homes for the blues - Buddy Guy's Legends, now in its new location at 700 S. Wabash.

We got to Legends just in time to catch a late lunch (in the form of a catfish po' boy) and the start of a terrific one-man show from second-generation Chicago bluesman Lurrie Bell, whose set included such classics as "Everyday I Have the Blues," "Baby What You Want Me to Do," "Honest I Do," "Key to the Highway," "Five Long Years," "Rock Me Baby," "Sail On," "Hideaway," "Wineheaded Woman," "Hoochie Coochie Man," and, of course, "Sweet Home Chicago," which I suspect we'll likely be hearing again sometime tomorrow at the Crossroads show.

Apparently, Lurrie plays at Legends at least one afternoon each week when he's not touring, which, after my experience today, I'd have to say would be a pretty good to spend a lunch hour - or three - from time to time.

We'll add more photos of Lurrie to our BluesPowR gallery in the coming days, as well as bringing you the bluesiest highlights from Clapton's Crossroads festival.
 

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