Like several U.S. cities, Chicago is home of the blues. Personified by musicians
such as Muddy Waters, Sonny Boy Williamson and Howlin' Wolf, Chicago's R&B developed
in African-American clubs on the South Side in the 1940s. Here, a blues band usually consisted of an electric guitar, electric bass, harmonica,
electric piano or organ, and drums.
"The music migrated here from Mississippi -- from
the Mississippi Delta in the 30s and 40s. And it developed into
the Chicago style of blues, which was really the foundation of rock 'n' roll." says Gino Battaglia, owner of Blue
Chicago, a popular venue specializing in female vocalists.
Check out "Blues in Chicago" for
info on who's playing at what blues clubs around town and links to other relevant
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