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I started a quest to find terrific blues music and incredible musicianship when I was just a little kid. I also have a tremendous appreciation of fine musical instruments and equipment. One of my greatest joys all of my life was sharing my finds with my friends. I'm now publishing my journey. I hope that you come along!

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Wednesday, July 17, 2019

"Johnny Burgin Live" Street Date 8.16, Single Available Now!

Johnny Burgin Live" on Delmark Records, CD/LP Street Date 8.16!  

This live CD/LP offers twelve brand-new originals and two covers, performed in front of an enthusiastic crowd in Sonoma County, CA on Jan 5 of this year.  The band consisted of my road-tested rhythm section of Steve Dougherty and Chris Matheos in addition to some special guests and friends that I don't get to work together regularly, namely Kid Andersen, Rae Gordon, Aki Kumar, Charlie Musselwhite and Nancy Wright.  We had just one night to nail it, which made this recording a crazy, but thrilling, high wire act!  Blues legend Charlie Musselwhite's driving boogie-woogie harp on
L"California Blues" is an absolute highlight.  You could feel a jolt of electricity run through the crowd when Portland, Oregon-based Rae Gordon took the stage.  The end result is a raw, fresh, and original all-star set of blues, shot through with live energy.   PLEASE NOTE: While the CD street date is 8.16, the LPs won't be available for purchase until January.  I'll keep you posted.

CHICAGO CD RELEASE PARTYSept 19, Martyr's. 8-11, 3855 N Lincoln Ave, featuring the Chicago debut of Portland OR's award winning singer Rae Gordon and a rare appearance by Bollywood Blues star Aki Kumar.  Buy advance tickets here.
EXCLUSIVE SWAG BAGS: Twenty 50$ bonus Swag Bags are available.  These will include a Delmark t-shirt, a bit of vintage memorabilia, a gift certificate for the autographed LP, free entry, and a band meet and greet from 7-7.30.  Reserve yours now via Paypal, click here or send payment to    

It's been a great summer-- I had a great time in at one of the world's best blues festivals in Cazorla, Spain with Tail Dragger and Quique Gomez performing in a centuries-old bullring.  We also had a fun swing through the UK and the privilege of appearing with Billy Boy Arnold and Charlie Musselwhite at The Chicago Blues Festival.  For a youtube clip of Billy Boy Arnold with me in Madrid. click hereUpcoming dates: 
Fri-Sat:  July 19-20: Bejar Blues Festival, SPAIN, with Tail Dragger. 
Wed July 24: Ina Mae's, duo show w Chris Matheos, Chicago
Fri, July 26: The Washington, Burlington, IA
Sat, July 27: Merchant St Festival, Kankakee, IL
Sun, July 28: The Iron Post, Urbana IL 3-6
Thurs, Aug 1: The Smoke Daddy, duo show, Chicago 
Fri, Aug 2: Third Base, Springfield, IL
Sat, Aug 3: Elements Wine Bar, Valparaiso, IN
Sun, Aug 4: private party, Greencastle, IN
Wed, Aug 7: Ina Mae's, duo show, Chicago
Thurs, Aug 8: The Smoke Daddy Wrigley, Chicago
Fri, Aug 9: Acorn Coffeehouse, Wheaton IL  
Sat, Aug 10: Flatted Fifth Blues and BBQ, Bellevue, IA 
Sun, Aug 11: Bobber's, Winslow, IL 2-5

I'll have some new shirts and stickers as well on this trip-- here's the style:

Aug 12-Sept 17: EU TOUR: Stockholm, Malmo Sweden, Swing Blues Festival Wespelaar Belgium, shows in Kouvola and Lahti in Finland, a house party and MOJO in Copenhagen, a house party in Lucern Switzerland, club dates and The Vinovo Blues Festival with Fast Frank near Turin, Italy, and a string of dates in Rome with Marco di Folco. 
FALL TRAVELS: Watch for dates in Chicago, Michigan, Indiana, The Carolina Downhome Blues Festival, Pensacola FL, and then working my way back to Portland, OR by November 1.  

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