This past week, I've spent some time checking out the wealth of Chicago Blues history that is depicted on Barrelhouse Chuck Goering's great website. Barrelhouse Chuck is an old school blues piano man that was schooled by some of the greatest Bluesmen to have lived. There are photos of the true piano legends of the Blues like Little Brother Montgomery, Sunnyland Slim, Pinetop Perkins, Lovie Lee, Detroit Junior, Erwin Helfer and Blind John Davis.
There are also photos of Louis and Dave Myers, Fred Below, Little Smokey Smothers, Big Smokey Smothers, Floyd Jones, Willie Kent, Big Voice Odom, Little Willie Anderson and too many other people to mention. This is probably one of the best photo excursions on the web from a guy that has been there since the late 70's and early 80's.
Here is the URL: Barrelhouse Chuck's Story in Pictures.
Another great photo site worth mentioning is Bob Corritore's Web Site. Bob is the owner of the finest Blues club in Phoenix, AZ, the historic The Rhythm Room. He is also a very talented harp player and record producter. He has also produced a couple of truly historic albums by two of Chicago's finest harmonica players, Big Leon Brooks and Little Willie Anderson. Additionally, he produced a truly fabulous album called Low Blows: An Anthology Of Chicago Harmonica Blues. This CD featured incredible performances by: Big Walter Horton, Good Rockin' Charles, Big Leon Brooks, Guitar Red, Easy Baby, Mojo Buford, Big John Wrencher and Big Wheeler. This may be the first anthology of blues harmonica geniuses ever produced.
Bob has some absolutely incredible photos from his days back in Chicago on the web.
Here is a link: Bob Corritore Photos
Both of these sites feature way too much stuff to list. If you are reading this and haven't checked it out, you really should. Be warned, it could take several hours to check out these sites. This is Blues history.