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Showing posts with label John Primer. Show all posts
Showing posts with label John Primer. Show all posts

Monday, January 7, 2013

John Primer with the Rhythm Room All-Stars and special guest Barrelhouse Chuck at the Rhythm

The Rhythm Room Presents
JOHN PRIMER
& The Rhythm Room All-Stars
with special guest Barrelhouse Chuck
Friday January 11th, Saturday January 12th 2013
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Monday, February 13, 2012

John Primer at the Rhythm Room - Phoenix, AZ



I had the pleasure of seeing John Primer at the Rhythm Room this weekend. If you don't know the Rhythm Room it's the kind of place that you want to go see a real blues band. Dark, great acoustics, beer... and great music. John was joined onstage by Bob Corritore and the Rhythm Room Allstars as well as Barrellhouse Chuck. Primer played two nights this weekend and from what I could see it was pretty much packed both nights. If you haven't seen Primer, he lays out a solid set of Chicago style blues just mixing in a little soul (and even some Marshall Tucker - "Can't You See"). Primer is a fine guitar player as well as vocalist and Bob Corritore is a great harp player although the place was so packed that Bobs harp was a little sucked up by the bodies... lot of great riffs but in some cases you had to strain to hear his soloing. The rest of the band wasn't too loud... just the highs of his harp weren't cuttting through...but the tone was golden. Primer plays primarily a Epi Casino and it sounded great. They started at 9:15p and played till 1:15a with only a short intermission. Barrelhouse Chuck who played as a featured guest of the allstars actually played a few numbers during the break as well. it was a great night of entertainment and oh yeah...Rolling Rock behind the bar!

One comment I have to make is as the crowd gets older the harder it is for them to stay up past 12. The crowd thinned a little in the last 45 minutes and I'm sorry for the players as they may have taken it for a disapproval of their performance but I got to tell you...those who stayed were really in for a treat. In my honest opinion, the best part of the concert was the last 25-30 minutes. Primer donned a Les Paul and played a number of slide numbers. He played slide earlier in the show as well...but the last few songs were killer. I wasn't in a state of mind to determine which but I suspect in alternate tuning... think Elmore James! Corritore also stepped up more and overall the mix was just perfect at the end. If you left early...good for me!!

In any case, it was a great show and if John is coming your way...don't leave early!!
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Friday, February 10, 2012

This Friday and Saturday a Chicago Blues celebration at the Rhythm Room in Phoenix with John Primer!


The Rhythm Room proudly presents John Primer with the Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, Brian Fahey) and special guest Barrelhouse Chuck on Friday and Saturday, February 10 and 11. Expect a very special two nights of pure Chicago Blues! Also of note is Saturday's pre-show featuring jazz guitar great Bobby Broom & The Deep Blue Organ Trio who will appear for a 6pm set before John Primer's 9pm show. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014. Please also note that John Primer and Barrelhouse Chuck will also be guests on Bob Corritore's radio show on Sunday February 12. The radio show, Those Lowdown Blues, can be heard online at www.kjzz.org or in Phoenix at 91.5FM, 6pm to 11pm (Arizona time) each Sunday night.
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Thursday, February 2, 2012

John Primer to headline Chciago Blues weekend at the the Rhythm Room!


On February 10 and 11 the Rhythm Room will present two nights of glorious Chicago blues with John Primer backed by the Rhythm Room All-Stars (Bob Corritore, Chris James, Patrick Rynn, and Brian Fahey) plus very special guest Barrelhouse Chuck on piano. John has an exceptional resume: He worked in the house band at Theresa's Lounge along side of Sammy Lawnhorn, where he regularly backed Junior Wells and James Cotton. He was in the last lineup of the Muddy Waters Blues Band, he worked with Magic Slim & The Teardrops for years. He played on the Grammy winning CD, Pinetop Perkins & Willie "Big Eyes" Smith / Joined At The Hip. He is currently a featured artist in the highly aclaimed Chicago Blues: A Living History package. We look forward to a weekend of pure Chicago Blues. The Rhythm Room is located at 1019 E. Indian School Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85014.

Thursday, July 21, 2011

I HELD MY BABY LAST NIGHT- JOHN PRIMER


John Primer (born March 3, 1945, Camden, Mississippi) is an American Chicago blues singer and guitarist.
He began playing guitar at the club, Theresa's, in Chicago between 1974 and 1980, where he was influenced by Muddy Waters' former sideman, Sammy Lawhorn, who taught him to play slide guitar. He joined the Chicago Blues All-Stars of Willie Dixon in 1979, then the Muddy Waters's band until the latter's death in 1983. Then he joined the Teardrops of Magic Slim and began a solo career on Wolf Records.

In 1995 he released, The Real Deal, with songwriting and singing techniques showing the influence on him of both Dixon and Slim.
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Monday, July 18, 2011

Chicage Blues: A Living History (The Revolution Continues) New Release Review


This is a very enjoyable double cd release of classic blues tunes played by the likes of Billy Boy Arnold, John Primer, Billy Branch, Carlos Johnson and Lurrie Bell with special guests Buddy Guy, James Cotton, Magic Slim and featuring Ronnie Baker Brooks, Zora Young and Mike Avery. They cover all of the bases from Chuck Berry to Lonnie Johnson. This is a cd that should be in everyones collection.
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