Studebaker John in Chicago



Studebaker John in Chicago

Playing a little catch up with the Blog.

A visit to Chicago gave me the chance to see some local blues.  Unfortunately I had enough work that one night out was all I had.

The House of Blues was walking distance from my hotel.  So Monday night a visit was in order.  I had met John some time ago when he played Black-eyed Sally’s.


The room was not that big with tables in a pit and a bar on one side and tables in a dining room set-up on the other side.

Linsley Alexander was the opening act.  Playing solo he was good enough to listen and yet you were able to hold a conversation if you wanted to.


John was standing on the side watching Linsley Alexander and I had a chance to say hello.

It was an early night as Studebaker John was coming on at 8 pm.  He provided guitar, vocals and what I remembered most harmonica.


Backed by a bass and drums, they were a good fit for the room.  Because of the early hour the audience was in flux.











John had an interesting harmonica set-up with it attached to its own mic.


I was not the only camera in the place.  It looked like John had a fan club.


I also had a chance to talk with the sound man who told me the manager used to play, which is what I suspected from the acts and set-up.


The crowd seemed like an after work group mixed with tourists.  We had an easy walk back to the Sheraton.



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BluesBeatNews is written, produced, directed and photographed by Domenic Forcella.

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Blues columnist writing a weekly column dedicated to the Blues. The only column of its kind in a commercial (paid subscription) newspaper. Column appears in the Middletown Press, Bristol Press, Torrington Register-Citizen, and the New Britain Herald. Forcella has served on the Board of Directors of the Blues Foundation representing the Journalism constituency. Served on the Board of Directors Connecticut Blues Society as Past President and Past Editor of newsletter. Recipient: Keeping the Blues Alive award in Journalism from the Blues Foundation. Has contributed both writing and photos to nationnal blues publications.

One response to “Studebaker John in Chicago

  1. Ed Stack

    Dom, You were very fortunate to have Studebaker John playing near your hotel. He is a legitimate Chicago blues artist and deserves the nice article you wrote.

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