I have longstanding research interests in ethnomusicology, and especially in Chicago Blues (but also in Celtic and African music). This has resulted in a long-term research project on the history and social and cultural understanding of Blues music and its relation to the Great Migration and the urban history of Chicago. I regularly teach an Anthropology course on Chicago Blues (see courses) and offer lectures on the subject.
See also the Chicago Studies program of the University of Chicago.
Congratulations to John Primer
who won the 2016 Blues Music Award for Best Traditional Blues Male Artist!
Three-time Grammy nonimee Billy Branch was the winner of the 33rd Chicago Music Awards Little Walter Foundation Lifetime Achievement Award and winner of the 2017 Living Blues Critics' Poll as Best Harmonica Player
Lurrie Bell, winner of the 2014 "Best Guitarist" and 2015 "Best Traditional Male Blues Artist" Awards from the Blues Music Foundation, has a new CD out: Can't Shake This Feeling; he also won the 2017 Living Blues Critics' Poll as the Best Guitar Player
Friday, May 25, 8:00 PM
The Logan Center for the Arts
The University of Chicago
Featuring Bill McFarland, Hank Ford of the Chicago Horns, Rodney Brown, Michael Peavy, Eddie “Vaan” Shaw Jr., and The Wolf Gang
Part of the 2018 Logan Center Bluesfest Programming
Panel for the Chicago Blues conference in Paris, 2010: Larry Skoller, Matthew Skoller, Sterling Plumpp, Michael Dietler