Combining three of the blues world’s most heralded artists, The Blues Hall of Famers show features the talents of Bobby Rush (2006 Blues Hall of Fame inductee), Joe Louis Walker (2013 Blues Hall of Fame inductee), and Eddy “The Chief” Clearwater (2016 Blues Hall of Fame inductee). Each recounts the story of his career, the road to the Blues Music Hall of Fame. The Blues Hall of Famers is a historic event; a unique, live performance that weaves storytelling and music to create an unforgettable evening of blues.
3-time Grammy nominee Bobby Rush began his career in music over 60 years ago and most notably since his Billboard R&B charting hit “Chicken Heads” in 1971. Schooled in the music of Chicago in the 1950s, Rush has taken his brand of Soul Blues from the Chitlin’ Circuit to stages around the world. He starred in the “Road to Memphis” episode of Martin Scorsese’s PBS documentary, The Blues and most recently Take Me to the River (which is available on Netflix) alongside Terrence Howard, Snoop Dogg, Booker T. Jones, and Mavis Staples. In 2006 he was inducted in the Blues Hall of Fame and to date garnered 10 Blues Music Awards on 41 nominations, including the coveted B.B. King Entertainer of the Year Award in 2015 at 81 years of age. In addition to becoming the first blues artist to perform at The Great Wall of China which had an audience of 40,000 and being named their Ambassador of the Blues, being named by Rolling Stone magazine “King of the Chitlin’ Circuit”, and being one of the last bluesman left of that generation, he is also well known for his charitable work in Jackson, Mississippi, where he chairs a prison ministry and feeds hundreds of children every week. Following his New York Times named Best of 2015 box set, the 74-song career retrospective release Chicken Heads: A 50-Year History of Bobby Rush on Omnivore Recordings, in the Fall of 2016 his 25th album Porcupine Meat was released on Rounder Records which features his friends and guitarists Dave Alvin, Joe Bonamassa, and Keb’ Mo’.
Joe Louis Walker’s heralded artistry has kept him at the forefront of the blues since his remarkable debut album, Cold is the Night, was released in 1986. A San Francisco native, Walker came of age in the “flower power” era of psychedelic rock. He put his soul and gospel background to work playing blues and rock with local bands as a teenager. But, troubled by the problems he saw musicians having with drugs and alcohol, he opted out and played gospel music for the next decade, until the blues drew him back to the stage in 1985. He has released five albums and has guested on BB King’s Blues Summit and on albums by James Cotton, Shemekia Copeland, Branford Marsalis and Robert Lockwood. Walker has earned more than four dozen nominations in the Blues Music Awards (formerly W.C. Handy Blues Awards).
Once dismissed by purists as a Chuck Berry imitator (and an accurate one at that), Chicago southpaw Eddy Clearwater is now recognized as a prime progenitor of West Side-style blues guitar. That’s not to say he won’t liven up a gig with a little duck-walking or an energetic rendition of “Shout.” After all, Clearwater brings a wide array of influences to the party — gospel, country, ’50s rock, and deep-down blues are all incorporated into his slashing guitar attack. But when he puts his mind to it, “The Chief” (a nickname accrued from his penchant for donning Native American headdresses on-stage) is one of the Windy City’s finest bluesmen.
The Blues Hall of Famers show presents the sounds and stories that have influenced generations of musicians and spellbound blues aficionados and music fans the world over. The Blues Hall of Famers is a show for all and will touch the soul and heart of anyone who loves a good story and great music!